Return of the Native
In 1988, Virginia winemaker Dennis Horton traveled back to his home state of Missouri to examine samples of the Norton grape, a hybrid developed from native American grapes. The Norton had flourished in Virginia in the 19th century, but during Prohibition it was wrenched from the Virginia landscape. Horton brought cuttings back to Virginia to plant in his vineyard near Gordonsville. His first vintage in 1992 produced promising results.