Cultivar Information

Flower type = Self-fertile
Berry color = Black
Year introduced = 1973
Variety protection = Unpatented


'Noble' was released in 1973 by W. Nesbitt, D. Carroll, and V. Underwood of the North Carolina Agricultural Exp. Station. 'Noble' was selected from the cross 'Thomas' x 'Tarheel' for its potential as a high yielding wine and juice grape.


If you are planting a black juice muscadine, you are likely going to plant 'Noble'. There are few weaknesses with this cultivar, it is productive, disease resistant, and produces a good quality juice. Another main benefit to 'Noble' as a juice grape is the fact that its purple pigments are more stable than most muscadines which tend to brown over time. One of 'Noble's' only drawbacks is that it has wet scar. 'Noble' is the leading red wine cultivar and should be your first choice for this use.



Average Berry Quality in Tifton, GA Trials

Cultivar Berry weight (g) Berry diameter (mm) Soluble solids (%)
Noble 3.7 18 14.3
Carlos 5.3 20 13.8



Cultivar Attributes in Tifton, GA Trials

Cultivar Vine vigor Leaf disease Berry rot % Full crop Harvest period Ripening % Dry scar
Noble high slight slight 100% midseason even 30%
Carlos high slight high 90% midseason even 90%