Moscato wines are nature’s gift to those who don’t fancy getting drunk at social events. One would not resist a glass or two of this sweet wine because of its mellow alcohol nature and its citrus and fruity flavors.
There are plenty of Moscato wine choices out there that can be confusing and intimidating for some. So to make things easier for you, we have compiled the best Moscato wines on the market that are worth every penny.
Our Top Picks
Best for Cocktails - Stella Rosa Platinum
Most Refreshing - 2013 Zind-Humbrecht Muscat
Best Pair for Desserts - 2014 St. Supery Moscato
1. Stella Rosa Platinum, Italy
Made from a blend of select grape varieties, this Moscato wine is naturally carbonated and has green apple, vanilla, and elderflower flavors. The grapes used for this Moscato wine comes from the region of Asti in Piedmont, Italy. Piedmont grapes are usually known for their characteristic sweetness, firm tannins, and aroma of roses.
The Stella Rosa Platinum is made from white grape varieties, including Arneis, Cortese, Timorasso, and Muscat. It is best used for wine-based cocktails.
2. 2014 Quinta Nova Pomares Moscatel, Portugal
Intense citrus, tropical fruits, and fresh herbs dominate the aroma of the Quinta Nova Pomares Moscatel. Made in the valley of Duoro, Portugal, this Moscato wine is full-bodied and dry.
3. 2014 Torres Viña Esmeralda, Spain
Excellent aromatics of lime blossom and acacia honey with notes of Muscat grape, citrus, passionfruit, and grapefruit acidity, this is the perfect Moscato wine for Thanksgiving. There’s no need to make it into a cocktail as it is already good on its own.
As one renowned sommelier claims, the white grapes used in this wine came from the Penedes region in Catalunya, where the world-famous Cava hails from. At 11% ABV, you can enjoy this wine without having to endure the high alcohol content.
4. 2010 Brooks Terue Dry Muscat, Oregon
This Moscato wine is made from the beautiful and excellent aromatics of gardenia, white lilacs, jasmine, lychee, and mango, making it a perfect dessert wine.
A product of organic and biodynamic farming, this wine is more appetizing because it was produced with the most ethical agricultural standards. It also pairs well with appetizers and fish dishes.
5. 2013 Zind-Humbrecht Muscat, France
Best served as an aperitif or with shellfish; this intense Moscato wine is perfect for summer drinks because of its fruity and floral aromas. With a wine-making experience dating back to 1959, the Zind-Humbrecht Muscat gained an acceptable score because of the right amount of acidity and fruity flavors.
It is perfect with light fish and vegetable dishes like garlic and herb-marinated mushrooms or ceviche.
6. 2014 Ruffino Moscato d'Asti, Italy
Peach and orange blossoms and a bit of carbonation greets your senses as you drink this Moscato wine. It is produced in Asti in Piedmont, which is also the source of world-renown Barbera. With an ABV of 5-6% and gentle sparkling, this wine has grapes, apricot, lychee, and rose petal flavors.
7. 2012 Jaboulet Beaumes de Venise Muscat, France
Ideal for cocktail mixing due to its clear color, this Moscato wine boasts intense peach, grape, mango, lychee, and apricot aroma. With just the right amount of sweetness and acidity, it has a higher 15% ABV that is perfect for those who want a more robust taste.
The white grapes used in this wine—Grenache Blanc, Clairette, and Bourbelenc—come from the Northern Rhone in France. These grapes are known for their low acidity, high alcohol content, and citrusy and herbs’ notes.
8. 2015 Don Rodolfo Moscato, Argentina
Fermented using the traditional method, this Moscato wine has a peach and honeysuckle aroma with the right sweetness. It is made from Muscat grapes in what is known as the highest altitude vineyards of Argentina. The wide temperature variations during the day and the night force the vines to produce more concentrated grapes to make up for their lower yield.
Don Rodolfo Moscato pairs well with spicy Asian dishes such as the spicy ginger Szechuan beef.
9. Caposaldo Sparkling Peach Moscato, Italy
This sparkling wine has a delicious aroma and flavors of peaches, honeysuckle, and citrus fruits. A brief history tells of a famous horse named Caposaldo who competed in 4,000 races in 24 years during Emperor Nero’s reign. The horse logo on the label of all Caposaldo wines pays tribute to the outstanding standards and quality evoked by this Moscato wine.
This wine is produced from grapes coming from Veneto, Italy. Caposaldo is a non-vintage Moscator wine sold on the year it is fermented. Non-vintage wines are made by mixing the newly fermented wine with the reserve wine. It has to be at least 50% new wine to be considered non-vintage. It is perfectly consumed with fresh sorbets, pastries, and fresh fruits.
10. Rosatello Moscato, Italy
Best served chilled, this Moscato from Lombardy, Italy, has the refreshing aroma of citrus and mint with peach and candied orange flavor. Lombardy is the source of high-quality grapes that produce good quality wines, including the Rosatello Moscato.
11. 2014 Bodegas Botani Moscato, Spain
This vintage Moscato wine from Spain has the aroma of Muscat grape, apple, and mandarin orange and the flavor of citrus. The 2014 Bodegas Botani Moscato is a dry wine from the Muscat grapes in Malaga, Spain, fermented in stainless steel vats. The red slate soil in the area, mixed with white quartz, produces an exciting variety of Muscat grapes used to make this wine.
The Bodegas Botani Moscato is best paired with Asian and spicy Indian dishes.
12. 2014 St. Supery Moscato, California
This American Moscato is one of the most popular of its winery. Pale yellow with hints of green, this Moscato wine has the aroma of mandarin and peach blossoms with flavors of peach and nectarine.
St. Supery Estate Winery and Vineyards are Napa Green Land and Napa Green Winery. Napa Green certification is awarded to those who adhere to biodiversity and sustainable farming. It is ideally paired with cheesecakes and fruit salads.
13. Yalumba Museum Reserve Muscat, Australia
Given the distinction as one of the top 10 wines in 1998, this Moscato wine is made from Muscat’s red and pink clones. It has a deep tawny red color, with rose petal and orange rind aroma with nuts and spices.
Yalumba has some of the oldest vineyards in the world, reaching as far as 1889 Grenache. To help protect the environment, Yalumba continues the tradition they started in 1990, where they plant a hectare of grapes with one hectare of native vegetation. This Moscato wine is best enjoyed with chocolate cake and caramel mousse.
14. 2011 Stein Family Magic Hour White Moscato
Rosé wines from the Stein Family Wines are unique. Compared to the usual rosé wines, this Moscato wine gets its red hue from the additional 14% Cabernet Franc. The Magic Hour White Moscato also leans toward the flavor of strawberry puree and dark plum.
Donating 5% of their annual income for the scholarship of the vineyard workers’ children, the Stein Family believes this tradition could improve their employee’s quality of life. This wine, made with 86% Moscato and 14% Cabernet Franc, boasts a light wine with low alcohol content.
This Moscato wine is perfect for evening appetizers and desserts. It also pairs well with grilled pork tenderloin, lamb dishes, cheese platters, and vegetables.
15. 2014 Quady Elysium Black Muscat
Another wine from California is this black Muscat that features cherry, strawberry, and lychee flavors made more interesting by the rose-like aroma. Created by experts of sweet wine, Quady Winery adheres to strict standards to produce rare vintages fermented from the Napa Valley grapes. This Moscato wine is best consumed with desserts such as cheesecakes, chocolate cakes, and dark chocolate pudding.
Whatever you choose, remember that the best Moscato wines are meant for celebration. And if you’re watching your sugar intake, try the Brut Moscato, which has only 10 grams of sugar per liter, compared to the sweet that has 30 grams per liter.
Since Moscato is on the sweet side, you might as well skip dessert if you want to drink a glass. Which Moscator wine do you enjoy the most? Let us know in the comments.