Since muscadines have a very fruity flavor, they make excellent consumer products. Some of the muscadines grown commercially in the South are sold to wineries where the grapes are then fermented and sold as specialty products such as appetizer wines. However, certain cultivars, if properly fermented, make excellent dry table wines. Muscadines are also used by processors to make juice, jellies, and jams. The leading wine and juice cultivars, ‘Carlos’ and ‘Noble’ were developed by Dr. Nesbit at North Carolina State University.
In Georgia most of the fruit is sold on the fresh market. It is very important that you plant the correct fresh market cultivars of muscadines if your operation is to be a success (see cultivar section). The fresh market muscadine industry in Georgia is a direct result of the breeding work conducted at the Georgia Experiment Station in Griffin by Mr. B.O. Fry and Dr. Ron Lane. We are deeply indebted to them for their excellent work in the areas of muscadine breeding and culture.