Long sunny afternoons, the beach, the mountains, a good meal… at some point there will be an occasion for a moscatel… Moscatel simply means a wine made from the muscatel (muscat) variety. Ancient Egyptians and Persians already picked up the superlative qualities of this variety. Portugal is spoiled when it comes to grape varieties and different types of terroir across the country which makes a grape like Moscatel develop in different ways. Favaios is made in the Douro region in the north of the country. Moscatel de Setúbal is made in a region south of Lisbon known as the Setúbal Peninsula. Favaios is a cooperative vineyard created in the 1950’s and proud of producing their unique moscatel in Port wine region. Moscatel de Setúbal has a long history of international fame with England’s Richard II and France’s Louis XIV being amongst its fans. It was also one of the wines regularly brought on board during the time of the Portuguese discoveries. Vineyards producing moscatel in Portugal regularly win international prizes including the top place for Adegas de Pegões in the Muscat du Monde competition of 2016. Some say there is a north/south rivalry involved in all of this, but the truth is that they are both delicious. Favaios or Moscatel de Setúbal? That’s a Portuguese dilemma!!!