Norton's Virginia (norton's Seedling Virginia Seedling)

Originated by DR. N. NORTON, of Richmond, Virginia. This grape has

opened a new era in American grape culture, and every successive year

but adds to its reputation. While the wine of the Catawba is often

compared to Hock, in the wine of Norton's Virginia, we have one of an

entirely different character; and it is a conceded fact that the best

red wines of Europe are surpassed by the Norton as an astringent, dark

red wine, of great body, fine flavor, and superior medical quality.

Vine vigorous and hardy, productive; starting a week later in the

Spring than the Catawba, yet coloring a week sooner; and will succeed

in almost any soil, although producing the richest wine in warm,

southern aspects. Bunches medium, compact; berries small, black, sweet

and rich; with dark bluish red juice; only moderately juicy. Healthy in

all locations, as far as I know, but I doubt its utility in the East,

as I do not think the summers warm and long enough. Seems to attain its

greatest perfection in Missouri, but is universally esteemed in the

West. Very difficult to propagate, as it will hardly grow from cuttings

in open air.

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