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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Moschofilero, vine variety with deep pink-skinned grapes used to make strongly perfumed, delicate white wine in greece, particularly on the high plateau of Mantinia in the Peloponnese, where conditions are sufficiently cool that harvest is often delayed until well into October. Its name, like that of Italy’s vespaiola, indicates the extent to which insects are drawn to these ripe grapes. There are strong flavour similarities with fine muscat but the origins of this distinct vine variety are as yet obscure. Small quantities of fruity light pink wine are also made from this spicy variety, which is also increasingly used for sparkling wines. So popular has it become that Greece had more than 1,000 ha/2,500 acres planted by 2013 (as opposed to 1,800 ha of Muscat).