'Golden isles' was released in 1987 by R. Lane of the University of Georgia. 'Golden Isles' was selected from the cross 'Fry' x Ga 19-6 ('Creek' x US 53-8b). 'Golden Isles' was selected as a juice grape to produce a less aromatic muscadine wine.
'Golden Isles' did not perform well in our test, and is not recommended for planting. It has a thin skin, juicy pulp, and a much less pronounced muscadine aroma. These traits make a good juice cultivar. However, 'Golden Isles' often sets a larger crop than its sparse canopy can mature. This leads to uneven ripening of the berries which is a real problem for harvesting a juice grape. Also, the berries have a thin skin that splits badly during picking. The berries are very susceptible to fruit rots, and are often invaded by green beetles that help to spread the rot. In short, 'Golden Isles' has an interesting flavor, but vine problems prevent its use in commercial vineyards.
Average Berry Quality in Tifton, GA Trials
|Cultivar||Berry weight (g)||Berry diameter (mm)||Soluble solids (%)|
Cultivar Attributes in Tifton, GA Trials
|Cultivar||Vine vigor||Leaf disease||Berry rot||% Full crop||Harvest period||Ripening||% Dry scar|
|Golden Isles||low||moderate||moderate||110%||late||very uneven||10%|