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Swash Manor

Built in 1926

Muscadines grapes, (Vitis rotundifolia, or alternatively, Muscadiniana rotundifolia) are often referred to as scuppernongs. Muscadine is native to the Southeastern United States and has been cultured for more than 400 years. Native Americans preserved muscadines as dried fruit long before the Europeans inhabited this continent. As early as 1565, Captain John Hawkins reported that the Spanish settlements in Florida made large quantities of muscadine wine. For much of the history of the crop, varieties were simply selections from the wild.The first recognized muscadine cultivar was a bronze selection, found before 1760 by Isaac Alexander in Tyrrell County, NC. It was first known as the ‘Big White Grape’, and was later named ‘Scuppernong’ after the area in which it was found. With time, the name scuppernong became generic with all bronze muscadines, regardless of actual variety name. However, this is incorrect nomenclature, since ‘Scuppernong’ is only one of many cultivars of muscadine grapes. Bullis and its variants (bullace, bullet grape, bull grape) are very old names for dark-fruited muscadines. Some authorities have written that the name “Bull” grape reflects comparison of the berries with cow or pigs eyes; or, alternatively, muscadines were called “Bullace” because of their resemblance to a European plum of the same name, and that Bullis, Bull and Bullet are all corruptions of the Bullace! http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/hil/hil-8203.html

How i made My first batch of Homemade wine from Carolina Muscadines & Scuppernong grapes, first I started with 10 Pounds of Muscadines IMAG5340Red and 10 Pounds of scuppernongs, Muscadine Grapes white, Mashed it up in bagsIMAG5345 IMAG5338 then i put grape mash,IMAG5342 sugar, pectic enzyme, and distilled water, in my big canning pots,IMAG5346 this will serve as fermenters stage #1,Smells greatSmells great,

now after 36 hours i added the yeast,  now 5 days later i remove the fruit must, i then put a sock IMAG5386 in my sterile glass carboy,sock /Filter i filter the wine into the glass jars, top off with water, put my vapor lock on, and watch ….i will update as soon as i Rack then bottle

Vapor ock

Vapor lock

 I got my brew supplies at http://homebrewerspantry.com/ a local start up, good people who own it, if you need any thing look them up! Phone: 843-73BEERS, 1015 4th Ave, Conway, SC 29526

 

Winemaking