Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains grapes
Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains grape variety belongs to the Vitis vinifera specie. The name of this white wine grape variety comes from its feature of size of the berry which is too small if compared to other berries as well as its tight clusters.
This grape is technically a white wine grape, although there are several strains of the vines of this grape that produce the berries that are pink or reddish brown as to their appearance.
Not only this, the same vine could also entertain the potential to produce the berries of one colour one year and a different colour the very next year.
These strains are very much prevalent in the areas of Australia where this grape is also referred to as Frontignac or Brown Muscat.
The strains of Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains grape variety found in South Africa tend to exhibit some darker characteristics.
Thus, this indeed is a very interesting characteristic of this grape that makes it different from various other grape varieties of the world.
This grape variety is considered as the oldest member of the Muscat family. This is the reason why this grape entertains a very good standing among all the grape varieties of the world, especially that of the Muscat family.
The plantation and cultivation of Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains white wine grape variety is mostly found in the regions of Europe and New World.
Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains grape is therefore extracted into a number of wine styles, depending upon the region in which it is planted and cultivated.
Since this grape variety is planted all over Europe and Italy, it also makes up a very significant proportion of the white wine production in the regions of Italy.
It is mostly turned into sparkling Asti as well as semi-sparkling Moscatod’Asti wines. The vast volume of such wines is exported annually.
In the regions of France, this white wine grape variety is considered among the most widely-planted white wine varieties of the world.
The plantings of the vines of Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains grape variety are mostly founded in the region of south, where it is most popularly grown in Beaumes-de-Venise, Frontignan as well as Rivesaltes.
Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains white wine grape variety is known under a number of names such as Muscat Blanc, Moscatobianco, Muscat Canelli, Muscat de Frontignan, Muscat d’Alsace, Moscatel de Grano Menudo, Muscat de Lunel and many others.
Origin of Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains grapes
Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains grape variety is considered as one of the oldest grape varieties of the world and fortunately it still finds its existence in today’s world.
According to the ampelographers, this grape entertains similarities with the Anatheliconmoschaton grape that was used by the ancient Greeks as well as by the Romans in their Apiane vines.
Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains grape was probably first introduced to France by the Greeks via their trading port located at Marseille and it was later spread to the Narbonne region by the Romans in their conquest of Gaul.
Later, it became the chief export of Frontignan by the time of Charlemagne. It then became famous in the regions of Germany and Alsace.
Characteristics of Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains Wines
This white wine grape variety could be produced in a number of wine styles, entertaining different levels of sweetness in them. Each of the wines represents their own regional tradition.
The dry varietal wines produced out of this grape show a range of spicy, floral as well as citrus aroma along with a dry and dull palate.
The sparkling and slightly sparkling wines prepared out of this white wine grape variety are considered as a little sweeter than the rest of the wines.
They entertain all the flavours that are similar to melon along with a sweet and grapey fragrance. The dessert wines produced out of this grape variety are traditionally produced as Vins Doux Naturels.
The vines of this grape variety are vigorous, spreading as well as low yielding. Bunches are medium as to the size and a slightly elongated. The berries are usually round, small as well as transparent, however, they become opaque after they mature.
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