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Norton is a dark-skinned hybrid variety which belongs to the little-known Vitis aestivalis species. It is thought that Norton is the oldest American cultivar used for commercial production. Grown predominantly in the U.S. state of Virginia (where it is thought to have originated), Norton can be found much farther afield in Kansas, Missouri and Texas.
The Norton vine ripens late and produces small berries with good color and tannin levels. Historically, Norton wines have been well received – a Norton wine from Missouri won a gold medal at a wine fair in Vienna in 1873. Prohibition stunted the growth of the wine industry though, and regions such as Missouri are yet to fully recover.
Synonyms include: Norton's Virginia, Red River, Virginia Seedling, Cynthiana.
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Texas is the largest state in the contiguous United States of America, and is also one of the most viticulturally productive. Covering 268,000 square miles (696,000 sq km) between latitudes 25-36°N, the hot, dry state is home to a range of mesoclimates suitable for viticulture within the Texan deserts, mountains, lakes and plains. The key grape varieties grown in Texas are Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and (despite the warm conditions) ... more
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