Moscatel Rosada is a pink grape from Argentina, well known also in northern Italy but then under the names Moscato Rosa del Trentino or Rosenmuskateller.

Characteristics
One aspect that differs this variety from most other Vitis Vinifera is that it needs cross pollination, e.g. it is not a self-pollinating hermaphrodite.

It shares a lot of characteristics with Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains, to which it is also related. Subsequently, it needs to be kept after during the growing season. Similarly, the berries’ thin skin is both a problem – it is sensitive to humidity – and an advantage – it is well suited for reducing its water content in order to produce various kinds of sweet wine. Muscato Rosada is also susceptible to several vine yard diseases.

Wines
One would expect that sweet wine would be Moscatel Rosada’s first, middle, and surname. In Italy’s north, it produces a dark pink coloured wine, with an aromatic nose and sweet, enticing flavour.

Wines from Argentina also tends to be deeply coloured white wines. Most often they are very sweet, not so thrilling wines destined for the bottom end of the market.

Flavours are floral with a bit of spicy sweetness. Acidity is low.

As the word “Rosado” is the name for Rosé wines in Spanish, you might also experience some confusion between the name “Moscatel Rosado” and what you actually find in the bottle. It could be that wine with this name is made from another Muscat grape (and there are plenty of sub varieties) that has been vinified to become “a rosado”.

Food pairing
A genuine Moscato Rosa di Trentino is your typical dessert wine, providing nice sweetness to end the dinner, on its own in a glass or paired with a fruitcake.

Or if not for dessert, why not try it with Gorgonzola? The wine is best served at 10-12°C/50-54°F.

Where is it grown?
Moscatel Rosada is basically grown only in Argentina. With plantings of 7.259 ha/17,937 ac, it is the ninth most planted grape of the country. The planted area has diminished with thirty-two percent between 2000 and 2010. It can be found in almost all regions but the largest plantings are found in the regions San Martin, San Rafael, and Mendoza.

Under the name Moscato Rosa del Trentino or Rosenmuskateller it can be found in the northern parts of Italy. In total, there is only 66 ha/163 ac reported in 2010, almost only found in the northern/north east regions, e.g. Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, and Trentino Alto-Adige.

History
Moscatel Rosada is one of several colour mutations of Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains, which is recognised as a very old grape. It is thought to have originated in Greece and to have been brought to Italy some two-thousand five-hundred years ago. The Greek provenance is supported by several DNA-studies.