is a Vitis vinifera
grape variety derived from the crossing of the Schiava Grossa
and Muscat of Alexandria
varieties. It is known under a variety of local names such as Golden Hamburg, Muscat Hamburg, and Black Hamburg
in the US; Muscat de Hambourg (or Hamburgh)
in France; Moscato di Amburgo
in Italy; and Muscat Gamburgskiy
in Russia and former Soviet Union countries. Confusingly, Black Hamburg is also used as a synonym for its maternal parent. It is commonly produced as table wine
but in California's Central Valley
it has been used in the production of dessert wine
. As a dessert wine it can be highly aromatic with a rich coloring. In the US it is grown in wine appellations
, and Washington
. In Canada, it is also found on Vancouver Island
In France, the grape is used chiefly as a component of fruit baskets. In Eastern Europe, the grape produces a light, dry red wine. It is also starting to gain popularity as a table wine component in China.
Horticulturist Walter Clore has postulated that this grape might have been one of the first Vitis vinifera varieties planted in Washington State in the early 19th century.