State Symbols of Missouri

 state grape

The State Grape

On July 11, 2003, the Norton/Cynthiana grape (Vitis Aestivalis) was adopted as the official state grape. This adaptable, self-pollinating variety has been cultivated since the 1830s and is likely North America’s oldest grape variety still commercially grown. Norton/Cynthiana has long been prized by Missouri vintners for its hardy growth habit and intense flavor characteristics, which produce lush, dry premium red wines of world-class quality and distinction. (RSMo 10.160)