This recipe for muscadine grape wine makes a sweet, old-fashioned wine that is popular in the South where muscadines grow well.
If you don't have access to muscadine grapes, this wine can be made with blackberries, even apples to good effect.
- 6 cups sugar
- 3 quarts water
- 1 quart mashed muscadine grapes
- 1 (.25-ounce) pkg. active dry yeast
- In a large, gallon-size glass container, dissolve sugar in water. Add mashed fruit and sprinkle yeast on top. Do not stir till the next day then stir every day for a week.
- Strain off liquid and place in a clean gallon container with an air lock of some type. Fill with additional water to come up to the top of the gallon container. Let ferment for 6 weeks.
- Strain off again and bottle in a clean gallon container. Cap lightly for 3 days to allow for any more fermentation to cease. Cap and store in a cool place.
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 butters, 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 any muscadine grape a scuppernong.
Many people use scuppernongs interchangeably with muscadines but, in addition to the color, the flavor is different. Muscadines are sweeter, more like a concord grape, and scuppernongs are more tart.
They both have thick skins and grow not in bunches, like traditional grapes, but in clusters similar to blueberries.