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North Carolina Muscadines

Muscadine Media Kit

America's First Grape: The Muscadine

 The legacy of North Carolina’s history is deeply rooted in its agricultural spirit. Out of the many natural wonders to sprout in North Carolina, none has a richer past or offers a more promising future than the Muscadine grape.

Muscadine history extends back to 1524 in North Carolina’s Cape Fear River Valley, when French explorer Giovanni de Verrazzano discovered the Scuppernong grape, a bronze variety of Muscadine. Recorded as “The Big White Grape,” the Scuppernong was the first grape to be cultivated in the U.S. and comes from the oldest vine in our nation, North Carolina’s 400 year old Mother Vine. All Muscadine varieties range from bronze to dark purple to black in color. 

In 2001 the North Carolina General Assembly named the Scuppernong grape as the official state fruit

Celebrate North Carolina’s rich heritage and take part in the sweet experience of Muscadines by visiting one of the many vineyards located through our state. Once you discover what you have been missing, you are sure to join in the excitement surrounding our states natural wonder.

North Carolina Mucadine Grape Association


NCDA&CS Markets Division, Joe Sanderson, Director
Mailing Address: 1020 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1020
Physical Address: 2 W. Edenton Street, Room 402, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-3100; FAX: (919) 733-0999