Muscat of Alexandria

Also known as: Moschato chondro, Angliko, Zibibbo.

A white variety grown all over the world to produce table grapes, wine and raisins. In Greece it is mainly cultivated on Limnos; it is also grown on certain Ionian islands, in Thessaly and Macedonia (Thessaloniki) and lately on Rhodes, thus spanning approximately 700 hectares in total. It ripens in late September, is easily oxidised and requires attention during vinification.

The Muscat of Alexandria yields high-alcohol dry wines with a typically delicate Muscat nose, medium to good acidity and pleasant mouth as well as wonderful sweet wines with a rich aroma and full taste. This variety is used in making the sweet V.L.Q.P.R.D. `Muscat of Limnos` and the dry, semi-dry and semi-sweet V.Q.P.R.D. `Limnos`.

[Text and photos taken from the book 'Wine-producing varieties of the Greek vineyard' by Haroula Spinthiropoulou - Olive Press Publications, 2000 (in Greek)]

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