MOSCATO REALE

This is the Moscato Bianco grape, one of most widely-cultivated varieties in Italy and across Puglia as well, where it boasts a very ancient history that is identified primarily--but not only--with the commune of Trani, in the province of Bari, where it is known by its synonym Moscato Reale. The grape here was so highly prized by 13th-century Venetian merchants that they signed an agreement with the Conte di Trani, Roberto d’Anjou, who agreed to put limitations on exports of it to ports not under control of Venice.
Later, in 1792, Vincenzo Corrado, one the Kingdom of Naples’ most outstanding culinary experts, sang the praises of this Puglia grape. Moscato Reale has a cylindrical-pyramidal cluster that can be compact, loose or semi-loose, and usually winged; the thin-skinned berry appears a greenish-yellow that turns golden with its exposure to the sun. The most widespread versions of the grape are certainly the sweeter biotypes, and among them the most celebrated, whose history is noted above, is that linked with the Moscato di Trani DOP.

 

 

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