Scuppernong

Definition - What does Scuppernong mean?

A scuppernong includes the many varieties of muscadine grape species that are native to the Southern United States. Within this species, grapes do not mature as the same color. They can range from bronze to dark blue and almost black. The grapes which mature to a green color are called scuppernongs.

WineFrog explains Scuppernong

The name of the scuppernong comes from the Scuppernong River in North Carolina located along the coastal plain. They were first mentioned as "white grape[s]" by Giovanni de Verrazzano, a Florentine explorer, while he was in the Cape Fear River Valley in 1524. He was writing about the wild vines growing in the region.

It was later cultivated in North Carolina for commercial production by Isaac Alexander who found the grapes while hunting along a stream that fed into Scuppernong Lake in 1755.

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