Frequently Asked Questions

When are you open for wine tastings?

“Our tasting room is temporally closed.”

Where are your products sold?

• Hyman Vineyards is located at Pee Dee State Farmers Market, Booth 11 & 12, 2513 West Lucas Street (US Hwy 52), Florence, SC: Monday – Saturday from 9a.m. to 6p.m.

• Hyman Vineyards Gift Shop is open on Saturdays from 9a.m. to 5p.m. in the Leatherman Building, 2513 W. Lucas Street, Florence, SC.

Our Products are also sold at these locations:
• Rice Museum, Georgetown, SC
• South Carolina State Museum, Columbia, SC
• Conway Farmers Market, Conway, SC: on Saturdays from 8a.m. to 1p.m. May through October
• North Myrtle Beach Farmers Market, N. Myrtle Beach, SC: on Fridays from 10a.m. to 6p.m. through October
• Market Commons Farmers Market, Myrtle Beach, SC: on Saturdays from 8a.m. to 1p.m. through October

What Are Muscadines?

Muscadines or Vitis rotundifolia (sub genus Muscadinia) are native grapes to the southeastern United States, are well adapted to the humid, warm climate, and exist in many varieties. The specific variety of choice depends on its intended use (wine, juice, jellies, packaged food, etc.), growth pattern (productivity), sugar content and ease of harvest. The more popular varieties of Muscadine grapes include: Carlos, Doreen, Noble, Dixie Red, Fry, Higgins, Ison, Magnolia and Scuppernong.

Muscadines are an excellent source of many of the nutrients we need on a daily basis. These Muscadine products contain nutraceutical compounds recognized to aid human health. Hyman Vineyards focuses on supplying plant extracts containing these compounds for both external and internal usage. For further information regarding Muscadines, please visit the Muscadine Research section of this site.

What is the white residue floating at the bottom of the wine bottle?

The white residue floating at the bottom of the bottle is potassium bitartrate better known as cream of tartar. This happens when wine is chilled and allows the tartrate crystals to clump together and fall out. Cream of Tartar is a naturally occurring product from wine and is quite benign. In fact some people, including myself, drink it. This is the same product you see on grocery store shelves used for cooking and can only be obtained from wine. Our wine is a natural wine and has not been cold stabilized to date. We are however now cold stabilizing to alleviate any aesthetic concerns customers might have.

Can Muscadines Be Used For Wine?

Muscadines have been used to make excellent dessert wines dating back to the 16th Century. The sweet, luscious muscadine grapes of the South Carolina Pee Dee Coastal Plain have found a home in these rich, fertile soils for thousands of years. Hyman Vineyards brings to you wines that are rich, flavorful, aromatic — and health benefits in the form of various nutraceutical antioxidants known as resveratrol and phytocyannins. These compounds have been shown to assist our body’s defense against inflammation and cancer.

What is the difference between muscadine grapes and other grapes?

Many of the common juice and table grapes include the European Vitis vinifera L. and the American Vitis labrusca, while the only common Muscadine species is Muscadinia rotundifolia. Unlike many vinifera grapes, Muscadine grapes don’t grow in true bunches and the sizes of most varieties grow to the size of approximately a quarter. Additionally, the skins tend to slip away from the pulp and is much thicker. Also, as with most varieties of vinifera grapes, muscadine grapes contain seeds.

Will Hyman Vineyard Dietary Supplements interact with my prescription medications?

All of Hyman Vineyard products are all natural fruit and vegetable extracts or derivatives and are safe to take. However, as always we suggest checking with your personal physician prior to taking any type of supplements or making changes to your prescription medication regimen.

Are Dessert Wines the Only Kind of Wine Made From Muscadines?

No. Although a traditionally sweet wine that enhances after dinner conversations, muscadine wines are easily enjoyed with a variety of foods. The grape sugars can be worked out of the grapes to create unique, non-traditional dry wines. Muscadines can also be combined with other fruits and varieties of grapes to make various aromatic and flavorful wines. We are constantly working with qualified vintners to create wines that we hope will add to your health and happiness for years to come!

How many Muscadine capsules should I take every day?

The recommended dosage is 2 – 6 capsules per day. That’s the standard dosage for aches and pains, arthritis, cholesterol and blood pressure. Some people with more severe symptoms (Fibromyalgia, Crohn’s Disease) take as many as 6 a day. Just remember, you can’t overdose on grapes.

What if I exceed the daily recommended dosage?

Taking Muscadine supplements is like eating grapes, but in a concentrated form. Since it’s an all-natural, no chemicals added product, and there are no known side-effects it should be fine. However, like Vitamin C, your body does not store extras of the antioxidants so taking a lot at one time would not necessarily be a significant benefit.

What is the difference between the Muscadine supplements and Red Raspberri supplements?

Both supplements are all natural and have health related benefits, and in some cases have overlapping benefits such as the ability to fight off Free Radicals. However, the Muscadine supplements more specific purpose is to aid in promoting good cardiovascular health, whereas the Raspberri supplements more specific purpose is to aid in healthy cell development and the prevention of various cancerous cell activity.

What is Resveratrol?

Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant that is produced by some plants to protect against environmental stresses. Perhaps the most notable producer of resveratrol is the grapevine, which produces large amounts of resveratrol in the skins and seeds of grapes to protect against fungal diseases and sun damage. It is therefore no surprise that wine (in particular red wine – which is fermented with grape skins) has some of the highest levels of resveratrol out of any natural food.

Can I drink red wine to get the benefits of resveratrol?

Drinking red wine has been advised by Physicians for their patients heart health for years. However, concerns have also been issued to monitor the amount of red wine intake due to the effects of alcohol on the body. Concentrated Muscadine grape seed powder is by far the best way to receive the health benefits of resveratrol plus other healing agents without potentially harming your body’s organs. However, if you enjoy an occasional glass of red wine and you also take Muscadine supplements, all the better.

Are Muscadines a Good Source of Nutraceutical Compounds?

Research has shown muscadine grapes are one of the best natural sources for nutraceutical compounds. Muscadines contain nutraceutical compounds recognized to aid human health. Hyman Vineyards focuses on supplying plant extracts containing these compounds for both external and internal usage. For further information regarding the nutraceutical compounds in Muscadines, please visit the Muscadine Research section of this site.

Other Than Wine, What Products Can Muscadines Be Used For?

Besides wine, muscadine juice can be used for non-alcoholic beverages, ciders, mixers, as well as, blends for other juices and liquids. Wines can be further processed to create some of the best culinary dressings available. Beyond the liquid stage, the skins, seeds and pulp (what is traditionally seen as the grape’s waste), can actually be used to create a new family of products containing healthful compounds for wellness and longevity, such as supplements and other nutraceutical products. These products address quality of life issues. Additionally, value-added products such as lotions and personal care items (such as toothpaste and mouthwash) can be formulated to produce niche products for human consumption and well-being.

Can Any Other South Carolina Fruits and Vegetables Be Used For Nutraceutical or Value-Added Products?

Yes. Almost every fruit and vegetable grown in South Carolina can be used to some degree in nutraceutical and value-added products. You can be on the lookout for fusion products that mix fruits and vegetables such as blackberries, blueberries and raspberries from Hyman Vineyards, as research will allow. The same quality you expect from Hyman Vineyards will be seen throughout all product development efforts — that is our promise to you!