Chrysalis Vineyards – The Norton Story

This post has been updated from the original post dated January 2016

In celebrating the launching of, we are having a bottle of Chrysalis Vineyards 2011 Norton Estate. Oooh, this 2011 Norton Estate has aged deliciously; ink-like color with hues of garnet, a thick texture, aromas of molasses and spice, and rich fruit and earthy flavors-YUM. The 2011 Norton Estate reminds me of Chrysalis’s Schitz & Giggles; another FANTASTIC fall/winter wine. I LOVE NORTON! A BOLD MASCULINE wine, rich in flavor!

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In my past life, as an employee of Chrysalis Vineyards, I enjoyed sharing the Norton story. If you heard the story before, skip to the end and if you have not heard the story, enjoy:

The Norton grape was named after Dr. Daniel Norton who was from Richmond, Virginia (VA). The Norton grape was very popular and won many awards. However, due to Civil War and Prohibition times, the grapes vines were pulled and burn and the wine was used for sacramental purposes only.

In the 1990’s, Dennis Horton, owner of Horton Vineyards, VA brought the Norton grape to VA and introduced Norton to Jenni McCloud, proprietor of Chrysalis Vineyards. Jenni who is passionate about Norton, reintroduced the Norton grape to the wine industry to acquire its due prestige title again.

You can find the Norton grape in Missouri, but under the name of Cynthiana. The Norton grape is similar to the Concord grape; it has a thick skin and jammy and fruity flavors. The unique thing about the Norton grape is the color of juice. The juice of the Norton grape (a Vitis aestivalis) is red versus clear from your typical grapes (Vitis vinifera) that produces red wines, such as Bordeaux’s.

Chrysalis Vineyards Norton Estate and Locksley Reserve, which is my ultimate favorite, has won many awards. Chrysalis Vineyard has the largest plantings of Norton in the world.

If you get an opportunity, you have to taste Chrysalis Vineyards Sarah’s Patio Red (another story I enjoyed sharing with customers. I will save that story for another time):). Sarah’s Patio Red is 100% percent Norton; a red wine made like a white wine with cherry and jammy flavors. Sarah’s Patio Red makes a tasty Sangria and moist chewy brownies (instead of water, use Sarah Patio Red. 😉  I refer to Sarah’s Patio Red as the red wine for beginners and beer lovers.

Chrysalis Norton Estate pairs well with a steak, hearty stew, chili or just because.  If you enjoy a bold, earthy, spicy and/or jammy wine, try Chrysalis’s Norton wines.  Also, you have to try the Norton jelly, c’est tres bon!

Chrysalis Vineyards-Ag District

     Chrysalis Vineyards
     The Ag District Center
     39025 John Mosby Highway (U.S. Highway 50)
     Middleburg, Virginia 20117


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