Common synonyms: Cynthiana, Norton, Norton's Seedling, Norton's Virginia, Norton's Virginia Seedling, Red River, Virginia Seedling

Parentage of the grape: Norton is a hybrid between Vitis aestivalis and Vitis labrusca linne

History of the grape: Norton was first created in the experimental garden of the eccentric Dr. Daniel Norton in 1820s Richmond, VA. His intention was to produce a truly American grape variety that could withstand harsh climates while producing palatable wine. In this, he succeeded where everyone from the Jamestown colonists to Thomas Jefferson failed. Having been picked up by an important seed catalog, the grape made its way west to Missouri, where German immigrants adopted it and began producing quality wine from it. In 1873, with France still suffering from the devastating Phylloxera epidemic, they created a wine that won a gold medal at a major international exhibition. It seemed the grape’s future was bright, but then, with the onset of prohibition, those Read more »

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  • Michel Torino

    The Winery was founded in 1892 when the French brothers David and Salvador, planted the first vin...

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  • Norton Malbec "Lo Tengo" Mendoza Ns


    Deliciously smooth and flavorible and reasonably priced. Read More

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  • Bodega Norton Malbec Barrel Select 2009


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    Wine review by twildman

  • I was wondering what sort of new topic I could start that would pair nicely ... Chambourcin, 20% Tannat, 15% Norton in French Oak), 2012 Merlot (85% Merlot, 15% Tannat in French Oak), 2012 Norton (90% Norton, 10% Tannat in French & American Oak), 2013 Dolce Rubus (100% Merlot plus natural raspberry additive in French Oak), and a 2010 Vin de Pa... Read More

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  • Bodega Norton 'Reserva' Malbec 2010


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  • Illinois Cellars Norton 2008


    We love Norton and this is so good and so affordable it makes me wonder if it is something else in disguise! Read More

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  • Bodega Norton 'Reserva' Malbec 2010


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  • Keswick Vineyards Norton 2008


    YUCK. Like drinking steak sauce. Could barely stand this. Read More

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  • Bodega Norton Barrel Select Malbec 2010


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  • Bodega Norton Malbec Reserve 2005


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  • A Norton wine in Kentucky has become my new favorite, Night Heron from Harkness Edwards Vineyards. Unfortunately, the winery which was in an old tobacco barn was recently struck by lightning, burnt to the ground and 2 years worth of inventory was lost. Now I am trying to find a similar wine. It is full and round and earthy and very smooth. Any s...

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  • Question...can anyone recommend cheeses to pair with Norton? I am having a bing release party for our first vintage, the 2010 Norton. HELP!

    Comment by 1270137SallySyrah 1270137 SallySyrah

  • I recently tasted your Privada 2007 and loved it. Can I order direct from your vinevard? If so, can you send me a price list and instructions. Thanks

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