Muscat of Alexandria is a white wine grape that is a member of the Muscat family of Vitis vinifera. It is considered an "ancient vine", and wine experts believe it is one of the oldest genetically unmodified vines still in existence. The grape originated in North Africa, and the name is probably derived from its association with Ancient Egyptians who used the grape for wine making.
With its strong and distinctive perfume, it was probably one of the first to be identified and cultivated. Nearly every Mediterranean country has a famous wine based on Muscat and varying from light and bone dry, to low-alcohol sparkling versions, to very sweet and alcoholic potions.
The Muscat vine is not very vigorous in most soil types, especially sandy mixtures, and seems to prefer damp, deep soils. It falls also victim quite easily to any of several vine diseases. Normally early in budding, Muscat may also suffer from spring frosts. All things considered, Muscat would not seem to be a grape that would be cultivated widely as it is.
Muscat of Alexandria, thrives in warm growing areas. It sets a very large crop of fruit that can get very sweet, but the flavor is merely grapey.