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 A Complete Guide to Moscato

There’s always an occasion when a bottle of Moscato is the plus one you never knew you needed. Here’s our guide to this light, sweet and fruity wine.

Tempus Two Copper Series Moscato sitting on ice

What is Moscato Wine?

Moscato is the plus one you never knew you needed. This light, sweet and fruity wine, often accentuated with a gentle festive fizz, is the perfect partner for a long brunch, pre- or post-dinner drinks, or any springtime or summer soirée. 

Moscato is the Italian name for Muscat Blanc, one of the oldest, sweetest grapes in the world with origins as far back as ancient Egypt.  

Today, Muscat grapes are grown in wine regions all over the world, thriving in Italy, France, Spain, and right here in Australia. Fun fact: it’s one of the only grapes whose aroma on the vine matches that in the glass. 

The most common type of Moscato is Moscato d’Asti which is a sweet and bubbly Italian white wine; however, you can also get red Moscato that combines Muscat grapes with Shiraz, or pink Moscato that uses a Merlot blend.   

Moscato is generally lower in alcohol than other wines, and its light and sweet characteristics make it approachable and easy to drink — perfect for new wine lovers. 

What does Moscato taste like?

Due to its high concentrations of residual sugar, Moscato is not a dry wine. It typically tastes sweet and has medium to low acidity. It’s known for its musky and lush fruity aromas, with flavours that can include peach, nectarine, citrus, guava, sherbert, frangipani and honeysuckle. 

What types of Moscato are there?

The aromas and flavours of Moscato can vary between the key types.

  • Moscato d’Asti: Light, fizzy and very Italian, this is the most famous style of Moscato. These wines are perfect for summer - sweet with a gentle sparkle and delicate floral notes.
  • White Moscato: Made from Muscat Blanc grapes, this still wine balances fruit flavours with distinct orange blossom, peach and honey notes.
  • Pink Moscato: A rosé wine usually made from Muscat grapes and Merlot to give it a stunning pink colour. It usually has flavours of raspberry, strawberry and pomegranate.
  • Red Moscato: Also known as Black Muscat, this wine is made from a blend of rare red Moscato grapes and Shiraz. It typically has raspberry notes, with hints of violet and rose petals.
  • Dessert Moscato: Made from dried Muscat grapes for even more concentrated sweetness, this fortified wine is the sweetest of the Moscato wine styles. Perfect with dessert or to enjoy as a sweet treat on its own.


How should Moscato wine be served?

Moscato, excluding dessert or fortified wine, is best enjoyed chilled. Most sparkling or Moscato d’Asti wines taste their best when served at around five degrees celsius.


What foods pair well with Moscato?

Moscato is fantastic with brunch, on its own as an aperitif, or served alongside a grazing platter, pre-dinner nibbles, or delicious fresh seafood. And of course, its sweet flavours pair wonderfully with dessert - but skip anything chocolate; the richness will override the delicate, fruity notes of the Moscato.

And don’t be afraid to serve Moscato as part of the main course. Moscato is an excellent match for Asian food, especially herby and fragrant Thai and Vietnamese dishes. It also pairs well with spicy and aromatic Indian food.


How long does Moscato last?

A bottle of open Moscato should be stored in the fridge and consumed within three to four days. 

Tempus Two Zero Moscato on a white and aqua background

What is the alcohol and sugar content of Moscato?

At Tempus Two, we’ve always done things a little differently. While the alcohol content (ABV) of a glass of Moscato d'Asti from Italy or Europe is typically around 5-7%, the ABV of Tempus Two Copper Moscato is higher (9.5%) because Australian Moscato grapes tend to be sweeter. That being said, our Moscato is still lower in alcohol content than other white or red wine varietals that are usually around 12-14% ABV.  


Discover Tempus Two Moscato

Tempus Two Copper Moscato

Made in the true Italian Moscato di’Asti style, Tempus Two Copper Moscato is a vibrant, lively and fresh style of wine with a little frizzante. With notes of pear and tropical fruits balanced by generous sweetness and vibrant acidity, it’s often described as a glass of fruit tingles. Designed to be enjoyed young and well-chilled.

Tempus Two Copper Moscato Rosa

Our play on the traditional Pink Moscato, charactersied by a unique blend of White Frontignac and Malbec, which marries together to create the perfect blush pink colour. This Moscato has distinct aromas of kiwi fruit and fresh summer berries. Best enjoyed chilled and on a hot summer's day!  

Tempus Two Zero Moscato

Two Zero Moscato is the perfect way for you to enjoy a delicious glass of wine, without the alcohol. With tropical, passionfruit and floral notes, this is a light-bodied and refreshing wine with a crisp, zesty finish.