Moscato Bianco is a white berry variety, with funnel-shaped, winged bunch of grapes; the berry is of a medium size, rounded and golden yellow. Usually Moscato Bianco berries have a light stain, called ‘piga’ on the end, and a meaty aromatic pulp.

This variety has an uncertain origin but is undoubtely one of the very first grapes to be mentioned in hystorical papers and documents. There is a small but quality production of this variety in the province of Genova and for at least a couple of hundred years, Moscato Bianco has been cultivated also in the area of Taggia and Imperia municipalities and in the Argentina and Armea valleys.

The local wine grape variety called ‘Moscatello di Taggia’ has been proven by molecolar and ampelographic research to be a synonym for Moscato Bi-anco.The genetic structure of Moscatello di Taggia has pointed out that this vari-ety contains a very high-quality aromatic substances content, which makes it particularly suitable for the production of sweet and passito wines.It has been one of the most well-known vines of the Middle Ages all across Europe, from Rome to London to the Flanders, raising appreciation among Kings and Popes.

In 17th century viticulture was somehow overshadowed by olive-grow-ing activities; furthermore, a Phylloxera epidemy outbreak in 19th century played a significant role in the decrease of vine cultivation spaces forcing MOSCATO BIANCOwine-growers to desist. 

The ‘Associazione Produttori Moscatello di Taggia’ founders tried their best to search the territory for some survivor vite plants, studying and analysing them for a decade with the essential help of Turin University and Gruglias-co CNR (National Research Council), with the aim of restoring the original long-lost variety.Research results allowed wine-growers to start cultivating the Moscatello di Taggia variety again, now under a very strict production disciplinary and procedure controls which grant its quality value; for all these reasons, now-adays, Moscatello di Taggia is an excellency in Ligurian viticulture.Since 2011 it is the main vine, included in the label, for the Riviera Ligure di Ponente PDO.Moscato varieties are exceptionally appropriate for the production of sweet and aromatic wines, sparkling wines and passito, which allowes

Moscatello di Taggia to express all its potentialities.Moscato Bianco can be used as:

-main vine for the Golfo del Tigullio - Portofino PDO (100%) and in the Riviera Ligure di Ponente PDO (100%);

-complementary vine in the Colli di Luni Bianco, Colli di Luni Albarola, Colli di Luni Vermentino, Colline di Levanto Bianco, Colline di Levanto Vermentino and Cinque Terre PDOs;

-complementary vine in the Liguria di Levante, Colline del Genovesato Bianco and Colline Savonesi Bianco

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