Moscato is an ancient white varietal characterized by a fresh and aromatic character. It is widely diffused throughout Italy, particularly in Piedmont. Various clones of this grape exist today from white to red. The vine was probably brought to Italy by the Phoenicians and Greeks. They range from the large-berried Alexandria varietal (called Zibibbo) to the small-berried Moscato Bianco of Asti fame. Part of the Apianae family of grapes, named after the Api – bees – of ancient Rome who were said to have loved this grape for its musky perfume and rich, sweet taste.