Muscat is a family of grapes of the species vitis vinifera, the common grape vine. They are grown all over the world, and there are a great number of varieties, ranging from white to almost black in colour. As well as wine, they are often used as table grapes or for raisins.
The variety we grow in Málaga is called Muscat of Alexandria, and the experts believe that it is one of the oldest genetically unmodified vines still in existence. It is vigorous, but low yielding. Bunches are medium sized, the berries starting out green and transparent, then ripening to a rich, golden yellow colour. They are often left out on the vine until they begin to shrivel, which produces grapes that are very high in natural sugars for making sweet wines.
We use only Muscat of Alexandria grapes in the making of our wines, which have been awarded top scores internationally. Aside from the four naturally sweet wines we have also surprised the world with a light dry and fruity wine from the same grapes, called Botani.
Later I’ll write some posts on food pairing with our various wines, but you will see that Botani is the most versatile and goes well with just about anything, especially seafood and spicy dishes. At the moment I’m busy with moving our installations so that we have everything in one place, and there are other new and exciting changes that I’ll tell you about very soon. Hasta pronto!