January is Norton Month in Missouri! Winter is the perfect time to sit by the fire and enjoy a glass of Norton. Big and bold, one of our prized wines on the Hermann Wine Trail, we have many Norton wines to choose from.
The Norton grape originated around 1830 near Richmond, Va., it made its way to Missouri and was planted by German immigrants who settled in Hermann, Mo. A true native American grape, it is believed to be one of the oldest native grape varieties still commercially grown in the U.S. Disease resistant and perfectly suited to Missouri’s growing conditions, it is a favorite variety for grape growers and wineries. In 2003, Norton was declared Missouri’s official state grape.
Today, Norton is the most planted grape in Missouri, accounting for 16% of all grapes grown in the state, with 275 bearing acres. The Hermann Wine Trail wineries are proud to say, have a total of 45 acres of Norton planted in the Hermann area.
Norton wines available on the Hermann Wine Trail:
Adam Puchta Norton NV – A complex dry red wine, aged in French and American oak. The bouquet exhibits rich cherry, red raspberry and vanilla with subtle hints of spice, tea and licorice. Perfect with dark chocolate, lamb or duck. Similar to Shiraz or Syrah.
Bias Winery and Gruhlke’s Microbrewery – Their Norton is made from the finest local grapes, harvested at the peak of ripeness. Presently, their Norton is quietly aging in the cellar, and won’t be released until late spring or early summer.
Hermannhof Vineyards Norton 2004 – A full-bodied, dark ruby-red, and moderately oaked dry wine. Concentrated full flavors of berries, brown spice, and black fruits. Notes of earth and smoky vanilla oak compliment the long, full finish.
Cheers from the Hermann Wine Trail