Back in August, Governor Brian Kemp signed SB 358, naming the muscadine the official state grape. It takes effect January 1, 2021, with a host of other laws and bills.
According to a press release by Georgia Wine Growers, the muscadine is used in a variety of ways, as food, in dietary supplements, wine, super fruit products, jams, jellies, in cosmetics, skin care products and more.
The bill was introduced by State Senator Tyler Harper as a way to recognize Georgia’s status as the leader in muscadine production. The state is number one in production of the grape, and the oldest muscadine breeding program is found at the University of Georgia.
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