The National Moscato Challenge

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Announcing the 5th National Moscato Challenge.

Entry Catalogues now available here.

Moscato is an up and coming player in the Australian domestic and export wine markets and needed to be recognised as such. In addition, our warm climate regions lend themselves perfectly to growing arguably some of the best muscat style grapes Australia wide, which are the base varieties for Moscato style wines.

With all that said every Moscato producer in Australia is now given the opportunity to present their wines for critical assessment and formal judging and to recognise those wines and wineries who truly exemplify this style and bring forward the true wine characters so popular amongst a wide cross section of the public.

The National Moscato Challenge is once again open to all Australian producers of this wine style. Wines should be in the Moscato style and apart from the usual Australian Inland Wine Show Regulations (here) to be read in conjunction with the National Moscato Challenge, the other main requirement is that they be produced from a minimum of 85% recognised Muscat varieties.

Wine Australia considers the following (with any valid synonyms) to be Muscat varieties:
  • Muscat a Petits Grains (“red” “white” and “brown”variants including “frontignac” synonyms)
  • Muscat of Alexandria (Muscat Gordo and synonyms)
  • Muscat Hamburg
  • Orange Muscat
  • Morio Muskat (note spelling)
  • Moscato Giallo
  • Canada Muscat
  • Diamond Muscat
  • Summer Muscat
  • Gewurtztraminer (aka traminer musque)
  • Sun Muscat
  • Hawson’s Seedless Muscat; and
  • Muscat Ottonel

The 2017 National Moscato Challenge Trophy
was awarded to

Entry 178 – Casella Family Brands
for their NV Yellow Tail Moscato Bubbles

More results can be found on our National Moscato Challenge results page.

Frank Babaro from Casella Family Brands receives the trophy for the National Moscato Challenge from John Young of Elders Rural Services, sponsor of the Trophy.