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What is Muscadine Wine? A Guide From Tennessee Homemade Wines

Magic exists in muscadines! Native to the Smoky Mountains, the muscadine grape has been used by generations of Smoky Mountain locals to make jellies, jams and other treats. But, what is muscadine wine and what makes it so unique? This old, tough grape offers a sensational sweetness and a musky scent that can’t be confused with any other grape variety. Keep reading as we answer the common question of “What is muscadine wine?” and explore the muscadine wines from Tennessee Homemade Wines:

White Muscadine Wine

What is Muscadine Wine?

Muscadines were the first native American grape to be cultivated, dating back to the 16th century! These grapes thrive in warm and humid climates, making them most popular in the southeastern and southern regions of the United States. The skins of muscadines range from light bronze to dark purple or even black (when ripe) and are thick with a tart or slightly bitter taste. These thick skins make muscadines more resilient to rot, pests and diseases than many other grape varieties. 

When used to make wines, muscadines provide a sweet fruity taste distinct from other varieties! Muscadine wines feature a pungent smell with an intense, sweet grape taste offering fruit flavors of banana, bruised apple, cranberries and floral notes with a medium body.

Red Muscadine Wine

Health Benefits of Muscadines

In addition to its unique, delicious taste, muscadine wine offers a number of health benefits! Muscadines are packed with polyphenols (antioxidants), resveratrol and ellagic acid, each providing a number of benefits.

Naturally occurring polyphenols are present in a number of fruits, but particularly in muscadines. These nutrients help our bodies manage inflammation while protecting us from oxidative stress. In doing so, polyphenols help protect us from the root causes of many chronic illnesses.

Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant linked to a reduction of free radicals in the body and has been shown to protect against chronic diseases, cancer, liver diseases, obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

Muscadines are the only wine grape to contain ellagic acid, which has been found in scientific studies to have anti-inflammatory properties and help to reduce the growth of certain cancers and improve obesity! 

Muscadine Wines From Tennessee Homemade Wines

Tennessee Homemade Wines is proud to offer 2 different varieties of muscadine wines.

Our Red Muscadine harnesses the unique flavor of the muscadine grape and elevates it in a way that makes this wine feel like the Smoky Mountains! Smooth and rich in flavor, Red Muscadine has a one-of-a-kind wine that you won’t find anywhere else.

White Muscadine is made from muscadines that have their skins removed right before fermentation to give the wine a smoother taste! You’ll be blown away by this perfect blend of fresh and tart flavors.

Now you have an answer to your question of “What is muscadine wine?” We invite you to stop by our Tennessee Homemade Wines locations in Gatlinburg or Sevierville to try these tasty muscadine wines for yourself as part of a complimentary tasting! Check out all of our Smoky Mountain wines to find even more choices to try!

November 2023
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