Fall is here and that means it is muscadine wine season. I grew up picking muscadines in my cousin’s and grandaddy’s yards and have so many fond memories of these experiences. As I am an adult now, I am obsessed with musadines just as much and especially enjoy Muscadine wine. If you are looking for a date night experience or just a new hobby, homemade muscadine wine is a great place to start.Making homemade muscadine wine is a fun and rewarding experience. Here are the steps to make your own wine:
- Gather your supplies: You will need muscadine grapes, water, sugar, wine yeast, and a large container to ferment the wine in (such as a carboy).
- Clean and crush the grapes: Wash the grapes thoroughly and remove any stems. Then, crush the grapes using a potato masher or similar tool.
- Add water and sugar: In a large pot, combine the crushed grapes with water and sugar. The amount of sugar you use will depend on how sweet you want your wine to be. Bring the mixture to a boil and then let it cool to room temperature.
- Add wine yeast: Once the mixture has cooled, add wine yeast and stir well. Cover the container with a cloth or lid that allows air to escape.
- Ferment the wine: Let the mixture sit in a cool, dark place for seven to ten days. During this time, the yeast will convert the sugar in the mixture to alcohol.
- Strain and bottle the wine: After the fermentation process is complete, strain the wine through cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer to remove any solids. Then, pour the wine into bottles and cork them tightly.
- Age the wine: Muscadine wine is best aged for at least six months to allow the flavors to develop. Store the bottles in a cool, dark place and enjoy your homemade wine when it is ready!
Making homemade wine can be a fun and rewarding hobby. With a few simple steps and the right supplies, you can create a delicious muscadine wine that you can enjoy for years to come.
Black Owned Muscadine Vineyards
Muscadine grapes are a unique fruit variety that is native to the southeastern United States. They are often used to make delicious wines, juices, and jellies. If you are looking to support black-owned businesses and enjoy muscadine products, there are several black-owned vineyards that you can explore.
One such vineyard is Brown’s Vineyard, located in North Carolina. This family-owned business has been producing muscadine wines for over 20 years and has a variety of flavors to choose from. Their wines are made with 100% muscadine grapes and are sure to please any wine lover’s palate.
Another black-owned vineyard is DuCard Vineyards, located in Virginia. While they do not specialize in muscadines, they do offer a muscadine wine called “Estate Grown Norton.” Their vineyard is dedicated to sustainable farming practices and creating high-quality wines for their customers to enjoy.
Lastly, there is IronGate Vineyards & Winery, located in Virginia. They offer a variety of muscadine wines, including red, white, and blush varieties. Their wines are made with sustainably grown grapes and are sure to impress any wine enthusiast.
Supporting black-owned businesses is a great way to promote diversity and inclusivity in the wine industry. By exploring and enjoying the products of these vineyards, you are not only supporting their business but also helping to promote the rich culture and history of muscadine grapes in the southeastern United States.5