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Cynthiana Wine Details

Description: From the aestivalis species this native is known either as Cynthiana or Norton, perhaps depending on whether you prefer its feminine or masculine qualities. Historically attributed to Dr. Daniel Norton of Richmond Virginia, this cultivar has been commercially available since 1830 but cited in journals as early as 1770. Very naturally resistant to disease, this vine's boldness is reflected in the grape's rich flavors and deep ruby color. The next road east of the winery happens to be named Cyntheanne so we hope our 2008 plantings sense some kinship in their new home.

Varietal Definition
Known to be identical to the Norton grape.This american hybrid grape is found mainly in the warmer regions of the southeast U.S. Taste and aroma characteristics of the light red wine are said to include coffee and spicy flavors.
In 1835, Dr. Daniel Norton of Virginia developed this grape varietal that was originally known as the Virginia Seedling. Widely planted in the Midwest (where it is sometimes called Cynthiana), it has become a source of interest to East Coast vintners in recent years. It produces a dark, inky wine with flavors of plums and cherries. Horton Vineyards in Virginia is particularly interested in reviving the grape's reputation. In the South, look for Norton (or Cynthiana) from Moonrise Bay, Mountain Valley, Three Sisters, Tiger Mountain and Tennessee Valley.


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