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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  • Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva 2011


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    Wine review by sfquixote

  • The wine world isn't all pomp and pinots. This past month Midwest Wine ... popular varietals – norton and vignoles rule the vineyard. “However, a few new wineries aren't just sticking to the classics; they are experimenting to serve a niche market and appeal to a younger generation of experimental wine drinkers,” the Wine Press story said. Wind... Read More

    From the article Pouring PB&J: Midwest Wine Publication Highlights Quirky MO Quaffers

  • Adam Puchta Winery Rosé 2004


    It's been a couple of years, but this was one of my favorite Norton wines in Missouri. Read More

    Wine review by clmck

  • Bodega Norton Malbec Mendoza 2011


    ah yes how i have missed a good malbec, and from Argentina, which has always been a good wine, this malbec was perfectly tart, just a smidgen sweet and oaked perfectly. just wonderful. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Bodega Norton Malbec Mendoza 2011


    Malbec's from Argentina have an excellent reputation but I found this one to be middle of road. It had some body but was rather heavy for my taste. The flavor just sat there and didn't grow at all. Not a bad wine for the price by any means but not my first choice. Read More

    Wine review by tomlib

  • Getting to the next Arkansas winery will be a whole lot easier. Tourists ... ... of Cynthiana grapes, a Norton-grape offshoot suited for dry wine. The region's viticulture began in the 1800's when a pair of European immigrants tried to replicate wines produced in Germany and Switzerland. Wiederkehr Wine Cellars still bears the name of Johann ... Read More

    From the article Highway Signage Points Tourists to Arkansas Wine Industry

  • Bodega Norton 'Reserva' Malbec 2010


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • There I was bragging that I knew about Norton, and you go and show me up by mentioning St. Vincent.  That sent me off to the Googlesphere.  Well, now I know.A "pouty" winemaker?  In my limited experience meeting winemakers, I guess the only one I might put in that category is Mike Caparone.  I think he might have been in a slighty bad mood since... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! I live in...

  • There is a winery in Mt Vernon that makes a beautiful St. Vincent, and Seyval ... ... And I do like the Norton, in particular, Bommarito in New Haven.  Also, there's a guy in St. James, Heinrich, who is an old German in overalls and a beret who makes delicious wine but can get a little pouty if you don't have time for a tasting! Lately I'm pu... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! I live in...

  • We are very pleased to meet you, Diana.  Tell us what wines you enjoy. ... that if you come back with Norton, you'll have to do most of the talking.  Not many outside of Missouri have much (any) experience with that grape.   ; Read More

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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...

    Comment by 1383645sufi 1383645 sufi

  • 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

    Comment by 254599mac87eod 254599 mac87eod

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