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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Alheit 2017 Hemelrand Vine Garden White (Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge)South AfricaA blend of 26% Chenin Blanc, 26% Chardonnay, 23% Roussanne, 21% Verdelho ...See Full Review$45
Calendar 2019 White (Yakima Valley)Columbia ValleyConsisting mostly of Muscat Ottonel, the aromas pop, with notes of Mandarin ...Best BuySee Full Review$14
Pyramid Valley 2019 Orange Pinot Gris (North Canterbury)New ZealandThis is a full-throttle orange wine from one of the country's top ...See Full Review$40
Bella Grace 2019 Orange Muscat (Amador County)Sierra FoothillsAn aroma of apricots and peach skin leads to sweet peach and ...See Full Review$25
Domaine des Bernardins 2018 Muscat de Beaumes de VeniseRhône ValleyDusky pink in hue, this blend of 75% white and 25% black ...See Full Review$20
Foris 2019 Moscato (Southern Oregon)Southern OregonThis lightly fizzy, low alcohol wine is a specialty at Foris. Intensely ...See Full Review$15
Ser 2018 Nelson Vineyard Orange Muscat (Mendocino)Mendocino CountyCrisp and pinpoint aromas of orange blossom, orange Creamsicle and gardenia are ...Editors’ ChoiceSee Full Review$18
Sokol Blosser 2017 Bluebird Cuvée Brut Sparkling (America)USA blend of multiple unspecified white varieties, this aromatic, slightly sweet bubbly ...See Full Review$28
Family Ranch 2018 Orange Muscat (Lodi)Central ValleyThis semisweet wine has late-harvest aromas and flavors like dried apricots, almonds ...See Full Review$19
Three Brothers 2018 Stir Crazy Sur Lie Muscat (Finger Lakes)Finger LakesThis is a light, brisk Muscat that delivers an intense potpourri tone ...See Full Review$22
Bryn Mawr Vineyards 2018 Innovation Series Amber Rosé (Willamette Valley)Willamette ValleyDelicate, expressive and unique, this orange wine co-ferments Pinot Gris (on the ...Editors’ ChoiceSee Full Review$25
Walnut City WineWorks NV Blanc de Blancs Sparkling (Willamette Valley)Willamette ValleyThis is principally Chardonnay, but the nonvintage blend includes small amounts of ...Editors’ ChoiceSee Full Review$28
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
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