Moscato is a variety of dessert wine made from the muscat family of grapes. Muscat grapes, which range in color from white to near black, are among the oldest of the varieties of domesticated grapes, and they are used in many wines, including Asti (an Italian sparkling wine made in Piedmont), French fortified wines, and Australian Rutherglen wines.
For the most part, the term Moscato refers to the off-dry to sweet white wines produced in Spain, Australia, California, and South Africa. However, central European "Muscat" is usually a dry and aromatic wine. Thus, it is best to pay careful attention to the region of origin of your Moscato. All Moscato wines have the characteristic "grapey" aroma in them, and the appeal of many of them is based on their aromas, rather than on their flavors.