The signature grape of Missouri is the Norton or Cynthiana. Personally I favor the name Cynthiana; wines, to me, are feminine, smooth and full of body. The name Norton reminds me of the Honeymooners and does not conjure up a vision of beauty to me, but Norton is the name synonymous with this particular grape. The Norton is a native American grape. It produces a full bodied, rich and spicy, deep dark red wine.
European varietals like Chardonnay and Cabernet cannot stand the cold Missouri winters and hot summers. Other popular varietals grown today include the French-American hybrids Chambourcin, Sayval, Chardonnel, Vivant, Vignoles and Vidal Blanc.