This recipe for muscadine wine makes a sweet, old-fashioned wine that is popular in the South where muscadines grow well.
Muscadine grapes have been cultivated since the 16th century. They do well in warm, humid climates, and are native to the Southern U.S. The grapes range in color from green and bronze to deep purple. Scuppernongs are a variety of muscadine grapes named after a river in North Carolina. Muscadine grapes are a bit larger than regular grapes. They have tougher skins and seeds.
Since this recipe will strain the liquids from the solids, it's not necessary to remove the skin and seeds from the grapes before mashing them. The recipe calls for 1 quart of mashed grapes, so you'll need about 4 pounds of grapes to produce that amount.
- 6 cups granulated sugar
- 3 quarts filtered water
- 1 quart mashed muscadine grapes
- 1 (1/4-ounce) packet active dry yeast
Gather the ingredients.
In a large, cleaned and sanitized gallon-size glass container, dissolve the sugar in the 3 quarts of water.
Mash the muscadine grapes.
The next day, stir the mixture and then stir it every day for a week. Make sure to replace the coffee filter or cheesecloth after you stir.
Strain the liquids into another clean and sanitized gallon container with an airlock of some type.
Fill with additional water to come up to the top of the gallon container.
Let the wine ferment for 6 weeks.
Strain again and bottle in a clean gallon container.
Cap lightly for 3 days to allow for any more fermentation to cease.
Cap the bottle and store the wine in a cool place.
Serve and enjoy!
- This wine can be made with regular grapes or blackberries, as well.
More About Muscadine Grapes
Muscadine grapes (Vitis rotundifolia) are Native American grapes (all other grapes grown in the U.S. are of European stock) that grow well in hot and humid climates. Thus, they can be found in the states south of the Mason-Dixon Line and as far west as Texas.
They mature in late summer and early fall and have worked their way into the culinary repertoire of the South in the form of jams, jellies, fruit butter, pies, juice, and especially wine.
Although some dry muscadine wines exist, they are typically sweet or dessert wines because sugar is usually added during the winemaking process.
Difference Between Muscadine and Scuppernong Grapes
Muscadine and scuppernong grapes both grow wild and are domesticated in the Southeastern United States.
A scuppernong, usually greenish-bronze in color, is a particular variety of the muscadine grape, typically dark bluish-purple. So, technically, you can call any scuppernong grape a muscadine, but you can't call a muscadine grape a scuppernong.
Many people use scuppernongs interchangeably with muscadines but, in addition to the color, the flavor is different. Muscadines are sweeter than many kinds of grapes. They are more like a concord grape, and scuppernongs are more tart.
Both kinds of grapes have thick skins and grow not in bunches, like traditional grapes, but in clusters similar to blueberries.