The North Carolina Muscadine Grape Association, Inc. (NCMGA)
was established on August 17, 1973. Now, more than 45 years later, the purposes for which the non-profit organization was originally organized remain the same:
To promote educational research for the purpose of discovering and developing better, or new varieties, methods of production, packing, handling, storing, processing, marketing, and disease control.
To promote through advertising, service work, merchandising, tours, and other means the consumption of grapes and grape products and the use by producers of better nursery stock.
To promote efficient production, pacing, handling, storing, processing and marketing of grapes and grape products and to secure and distribute to its members, information and trends relative to the operation and management of the grape business.
The grape and wine industry in North Carolina is flourishing! Muscadine wine now represents a significant proportion of wine sales in the state. The industry now includes over 1,000 acres of muscadine grapes, with the prospect of more acreage being added each year as formerly used tobacco land converts to vineyards. A number of successful, established wineries, and several brand new or developing wineries specializing in muscadine wine can be found throughout all regions of North Carolina. In addition, at least two businesses have been created based on production and marketing of "nutraceuticals" or health-oriented muscadine products.
Today, the North Carolina Muscadine Grape Association (NCMGA) is proud to represent a small but active group of producers, processors, and marketers. The NCMGA hosts an annual meeting/trade show and vineyard/winery tour that brings individuals together from across the state who have interest or investment in the NC muscadine industry.
We invite you to enjoy the resources this site offers and to consider becoming an NCMGA member.
PLEASE TAKE OUR SURVEY! The North Carolina Muscadine Grape Association is engaged in a year-long project to revitalize the Association and examine how it can best serve the muscadine industry. As part of this process, we invites all growers, winemakers, research/extension, and others associated with NC muscadines to participate in a short survey.
Responses to these questions will be compiled anonymously. However, at the end of the survey we offer the option of sharing your contact information if you are interested in further involvement or response, and to be entered into a drawing for a pair of Felco #6 pruners. Take the survey here!