1988 Scuppernong

September 2007 – This wine was made from grapes that grew in my parents’ yard in northern Florida. Originally identified as Muscadine, since moving to NC, I discovered they were a variety of Scuppernong.


Fruit 30# Scuppernong grapes, 13 brix
Acid Blend 1 tsp
Grape Tannin 1/4 tsp
Pectic Enzyme 1/2 tsp
Sulfite 1/4 tsp
Yeast Energizer 1/2 tsp
Yeast Nutrient 2 tsp
Yeast Red Star Epernay II


Crushed 09/24/1988
Pressed 09/29/1988
1# corn sugar added 09/29/1988
Racked 10/04/1988
Racked 10/09/1988
Racked, Ravat pourback added 04/08/1989
Bottled 09/01/1989


Yield 4 bottles
Afterthoughts This was an experiment using grapes that grew in my parents’ yard in FL. This was my first indication that native southern grapes don’t make good wine. Years later I tried Muscadine, with similarly poor results. But to be fair, these grapes were not cultivated as wine grapes, so the lack of quality didn’t help things … and even a bit of left over Ravat pourback didn’t help it much. 🙂