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.