Muscat- The king of sweet wine
The rich, grapey aroma and balanced, fruity acidity of Greek Muscat wines have earned them a high place among the finest examples of their kind in the world. Candied oranges, gingerbread cookies, apple or apricot pie, white chocolate, fruit cake, feta and blue cheeses are a fine complement to the honey and citrus flavors of Muscats. The Muscat Blanc is cultivated in six CDO (controlled appellation of origin) areas; three of them are in the Aegean Sea: Samos, Lemnos, and Rhodes Islands. The other three are Patras, Rio of Patras, and Cephalonia Island in the Ionian Sea.

Muscat of Lemnos
The dry climate and the volcanic soil of Lemnos Island help mature to perfection the large berries of the Muscat of Alexandria grape variety which is cultivated in over 95% of the island’s vineyards, making Lemnos one of the predominant Greek locations producing sweet wines. With a mild aromatic and flavourful character, the sweet Muscat of Lemnos wine exudes hints of apricot, mint, and spearmint.

Serving suggestions: This wine makes the perfect match for a wide variety of light desserts such as fruit salads, fruit tarts, vanilla ice-cream as well as the traditional galaktoboureko. Yet, even when served on its own, a well-chilled Muscat of Lemnos wine is a sheer delight to the palate. It is a wine which has evolved through thousands of years of winemaking.

Muscat of Samos
Samos Muscats are luscious, deep, and intense, and the island produces quite a few wines. The aromas of the Samos Muscat wines are both rich and unique while the notes that prevail are fruity and floral, reminiscent of fresh grapes, orange blossoms, and rose petals. Wines made of the Muscat variety bear the distinct flavor and primary aroma of the fruit. Muscat wines are, by definition, the perfect example of a fruity wine.

Serving suggestions: Muscat Samos wine is a lovely accompaniment to blue cheeses and fruity or nutty desserts. Are you adventurous enough? Try this wine with a lobster dish.