Like Malvasia, Moscato Bianco is ancient, versatile, and enjoys a geographical distribution that covers virtually the entire peninsula. Wines called Moscato are produced all over the country and are usually made from Moscato Bianco grapes. In the south and, especially, the islands, they are typically golden and sweet.
Few of Italy's regions do not have their own Moscato-based wines, and LuigiVeronelli's Reportorio dei vini italiani, published in 1990, listed over 50 different types of Moscato. The majority of these are low in alcohol and at least lightly sweet, ideal accompaniments to fruit and fruit-based desserts. The best known and most widely popular of these wines — almost the national prototype for Moscato — is the Moscato planted in the Asti region in its two different forms: the sparkling Asti version and the more lightly fizzy and less alcoholic Moscato d'Asti.