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What is a Muscadine grape?

Muscadine is a grapevine species native to the present-day southeastern United States that has been extensively cultivated since the 16th century. The plants are well adapted to their native warm and humid climate; they need fewer chilling hours than better known varieties and they thrive on summer heat.

Muscadine berries range from bronze to dark purple to black in color when ripe. However, many wild varieties stay green through maturity. They have skin sufficiently tough that eating the raw fruit often involves biting a small hole in the skin to suck out the pulp inside. Muscadines are not only eaten fresh, but also are used in making wine, juice, and jelly.

Muscadine grapes are rich sources of polyphenols and other nutrients studied for their potential health benefits. Gallic acid, (+)-catechin and epicatechin are the major phenolics in seeds, while ellagic acid, myricetin, quercetin, kaempferol, and trans-resveratrol are the major phenolics in the skins.

In a natural setting, muscadines are important plants for improving wildlife habitat by providing cover, browse, and fruit for a wide variety of animals.

As you can see, the vineyard is well maintained all year round. We take a lot of pride in our vineyards and after you taste our grapes you'll understand why.

Muscadine and Scuppernongs Grapes go dormant in the winter time. That allows us to prune and prepare for a new season. I can teach you how to prune, just call me.

They come out and grow quickly during April and May. Muscadines are a wild grape that grows fast and always tries to cover everything. That is why you cultivate or prune them back; this also helps the grape to increase in size and be sweet and pulp.

The first of July or so you must cut back the runners so more of the growing goes to the grape and not the vine.

Simply put,
"All vine - no grape,
less vine - more grape". 

This picture is when my grapes start coming into season. If you look close enough you will see the baby grapes. This is an exciting time for all of us.