Orange Muscat is a white grape variety best known in California, Oregon and Australia.
Though not known for sure, the origin of Orange Muscat is thought to lie in Italy or France. Relatively popular at one time, the grape is not widely planted in either country today. In Italy, Orange Muscat is known as Moscato Fior d’Arancio, meaning “Orange Blossom Muscat” in Italian. Its French name, Muscat Fleur d’Orange, has the same meaning.
As its name may hint, Orange Muscat has a distinctive and strong aroma of orange. Its powerful aromatics also include orange blossom, apricot, pear and spicy fruit. It also shares some characteristics typical of the Muscat family of grapes, including a relatively lush mouthfeel. It is produced in dry, off-dry and fully sweet styles.
The Orange Muscat is a relatively obscure grape variety, though it is a cross between two more widely-known parents: Muscat Blanc à Petit Grains and Chasselas.
Muscat Blanc à Petit Grains is the noblest grape of the Muscat family. It has the distinction of being the oldest grape variety cultivated in France and may be the world’s oldest grape variety overall. It produces wines with pronounced grape flavors, spicy notes, and some of the orange and citrus aromas found prominently in Orange Muscat. Muscat Blanc à Petit Grains is grown throughout the world, with considerable plantings in Italy, France, Greece, Australia and California. Like Orange Muscat, this variety is used to produce dry and sweet wines.
Its other parent is Chasselas, Switzerland’s best known and most widely planted white grape variety. It does not share the noble reputation of Muscat Blanc à Petit Grains, though it produces quality white wine in the Vaud region of Switzerland and Savoie in France. Chasselas has a relatively neutral flavor profile, so its best wines tend to reflect the terroir rather than any specific grape characteristics. It is also grown in Chile, Hungary, Romania, Russia and Serbia.
The production of Orange Muscat is small and is concentrated mostly in the U.S. and Australia. Perhaps the most prominent producer of Orange Muscat in the U.S. is Quady Winery in San Joaquin Valley. Its flagship wine is Essensia, a lush and full-bodied sweet wine made entirely from Orange Muscat.
In Australia, Orange Muscat production is centered in Victoria. Some producers use Orange Muscat in the lusciously sweet wines of Rutherglen, and there are also plantings in Beechworth, Glenrowan, Goulburn Valley and King Valley.
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Lachini 2015 Cuore d'Oro Muscat Canelli (Chehalem Mountains)Willamette ValleyA sweet wine made from estate-grown Muscat Canelli grapes, this is finished ...See Full Review$40
Ovum 2018 Big Salt White (Oregon)Oregon OtherLike previous vintages, this remains roughly half and half Riesling and Gewürztraminer, ...Best BuySee Full Review$15
Bella Grace 2018 Orange Muscat (Amador County)Sierra FoothillsThis brilliant and well-balanced sweet wine shows off honeysuckle and orange blossom ...See Full Review$25
Shady Lane 2016 Estate Grown Muscat (Leelanau Peninsula)MichiganIntense orange blossom, mango and honey aromas have a lightly herbal quality ...See Full Review$20
Fazeli Cellars 2017 Norooz White (Temecula)South CoastB.J. Fazeli gives a nod to his Persian roots with the semisweet ...See Full Review$28
Domaine des Bernardins NV Hommage (Muscat de Beaumes de Venise)Rhône ValleyMade from a blend of 75% white and 25% black Muscat à ...See Full Review$40
Treos 2016 Dry Muscat (Willamette Valley)Willamette ValleyTwo different Muscat clones are blended, and the wine is finished completely ...Editors’ ChoiceSee Full Review$21
Chambers Rosewood Vineyards NV Muscat (Rutherglen)VictoriaThis tawny colored Muscat is a different beast all together from the ...See Full Review$16
Brooks 2017 Amycas White (Willamette Valley)Willamette ValleyA perfectly composed blend of 30% Riesling, 20% Pinot Blanc, 25% Muscat, ...Editors’ ChoiceSee Full Review$18
Maragas 2016 Tootsie White (Oregon)Oregon OtherThis bears little resemblance to previous versions; though listed as a dessert ...See Full Review$22
Quady 2016 Essensia Orange Muscat (California)California OtherThis powerful dessert wine offers heady aromas of orange peel, almonds and ...See Full Review$25
Sokol Blosser NV Evolution 1st Edition Sparkling Rosé (America)USThe newest edition to the winery's popular Evolution lineup, this traditionally-made sparkling ...See Full Review$24
Wilson Creek 2016 Orange Muscat (California)California OtherStrong lemon-peel, Pink Lady apple and orange-blossom aromas show on the nose ...See Full Review$30
Jessie's Grove 2017 Jessie's Collection Orange Muscat (California)California OtherThis is a good picnic wine to serve with cheese or salty ...See Full Review$17
Millésimé 2016 Orange Muscat (Santa Barbara County)Central CoastMelon and candied lemon meet with oxidized, vinegar-laced aromas on the nose ...See Full Review$28
Millésimé 2014 Orange Muscat (Santa Barbara County)Central CoastNutty and oxidized on the nose, this bottling offers an apple-cider aroma. ...See Full Review$26
Kontos 2017 Gossamer White (Columbia Valley (WA))Columbia ValleyA unique blend of Chardonnay (62%), Roussanne (34%) and Orange Muscat, the ...See Full Review$29
Eufloria NV Aromatic White (Washington)Washington OtherA canned wine offering, this is a blend of Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Muscat ...Best BuySee Full Review$6
The Eyrie Vineyards 2015 Muscat Ottonel (Dundee Hills)Willamette ValleyA truly distinctive and fascinating take on Muscat, this will enchant some ...Editors’ ChoiceSee Full Review$22
Chris James 2017 Cuvée Blanc White (Willamette Valley)Willamette ValleyA blend of Müller-Thurgau and Gewürztraminer, this aromatic elegant white wine offers ...Editors’ ChoiceSee Full Review$16
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