The Muscat grape has unmistakably floral, grapey aromas. The grape is extremely old and has mutated many times over the years. Different types of Muscat vary widely in appearance.
Most California Muscat is not destined for wine production and is eaten as table grapes or raisins. Muscat is a far more important varietal in other wine regions around the world.
Muscat wine has been made in Europe around the Mediterranean Sea since ancient times. Muscat Blanc a Petit Grains may be the oldest grape still cultivated by humans. The Ancient Greeks called this grape Anathelicon Moschaton. Muscat is known as Moscato in Italy and Moscatel in both Spain and Portugal.