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Also called Cynthiana Grape

The “Cabernet of the Ozarks”! Prior to Prohibition, this once popular variety was a shining star for a native American wine grape. Now these widely adaptable, vigorous vines are once again being grown from the East Coast to California – including the Midwest, where Norton is the state grape of Missouri. Vines yield small to medium clusters of round, firm, blue-black grapes. Best for rich, medium- to full-bodied dry red wines. Similar to, but spicier than, Cabernet Sauvignon. Originates from Virginia and introduced in the 1800s. Ripens in late August to late September. Self-pollinating.

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Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Purple
Fruit Size Small - Medium
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Late September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 5.5 - 6.5
Taste Sweet
Texture Firm, Juicy
Years to Bear 2 - 4
Zone Range 5 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 8
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The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatibility range of this variety before ordering.


This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

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