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The Pfefferer grape, a fascinating subspecies of the golden muscatel, has a story all of its own, which is not limited to its variety of flavors. Its curious name, which is derived from the South Tyrolean dialect, has an amusing nuance. The term 'Pfefferer' originates from the dialect and functions as a regional name for the Goldmuskateller. At first glance, this name may seem unusual, as the name 'Pfefferer' has no connection to pepper or its aromas. Instead, it is a linguistic idiosyncrasy that is anchored in the regional culture and charmingly emphasizes the connection to the Goldmuskateller grape. The rich tradition and unique characteristics of this remarkable grape variety from the vineyards of South Tyrol and Trentino are revealed not only in the taste and bouquet, but also in the name itself.

The Pfefferer grape, one of the oldest grape varieties of all, presents itself as a variant of the (Golden) Muscat grape of remarkable importance. The regions of South Tyrol and Trentino are home to a particularly fascinating variety of this grape. Its shape is relatively long and partly double-shouldered, and the berries take on a yellow hue when fully ripe. The bouquet of this grape reveals a spicy, extremely aromatic character, characteristics that are impressively reflected in the wine made from it. Wine lovers will be surprised by the elegant, lively and youthful nature of this wine, coupled with a distinctive character.

The Muscat grape, a grape variety that is widespread throughout Italy, is one of the most important historical plants and is therefore one of the oldest cultivated by man. Presumably originating from the Near East, it thrives optimally in warm and dry locations. The name 'Moscato' or 'Muscat' is possibly derived from the Latin word 'musca' (fly). Pliny the Elder referred to it as 'uva apiana', the beehive, due to its highly fragrant fruit, which magically attracts bees. A less poetic interpretation of the origin of the name could refer to the small berries, which are very similar to the seeds of the nutmeg tree.

Different main varieties of this grape come in different berry colors - from white to pink to red. The white varieties are the most widespread and are often characterized by a certain sweetness and a pronounced grape taste. Muscat wines present a broad spectrum of aromas, from banal nuances to the most exquisite treasures of the wine scene. Predominant styles manifest themselves in light sparkling or semi-sparkling wines such as Moscato d'Asti or the renowned Asti Spumante from Piedmont. - Gerardo [TS01/24]

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