I tried to find like information with no luck. Can you forward the link? Also, grape vines are gendered and male plants will not produce fruit. A cutting will assure you are getting a vine that is hermaphroditic.
A problem is that Cynthiana/Norton is itself a hybrid. You could select offspring that give white wine grapes but the set of offspring will differ in other ways from each other. Each plant In this generation would essentially be a different clone. If you could get cuttings from someone who had “white cynthiana” then you wouldn’t need to do the years of sorting out the clones grown from seeds.
Double A sells individual Norton vines for $9 plus shipping. You might get a bit of fruit in their second year of growth. Otherwise you could try a winery that makes Norton (Stone Hill in Missouri or Chrysalis in Virginia come to mind) to send you seeds now or next fall.
Bobby, are you still looking for seeds? I have quite a few bunches that were left behind this past season, and are still hanging on the vines. I would think that nature would have stratified them, hanging in the cold weather. These are Norton/cynthiana vines, but I have no idea if you can grow white ones from them! Only thing it would cost you is the mailing costs. If you ever make it happen, I would love to get a cutting!
I contacted chrysalis and the reply I rcd was it was being forwarded to their wine maker....the end. Lol.
I didn't see any seeds on double a's site.
From the sources I read. They say 70% will germinate into blancs so that shouldn't be an issue. And yes if the info is correct you can have entire plants; I just want 1 or 2.
BUT other than curiousity if you plan to vinify it then it will need to be grafted onto a root stock.
The blanc tends to inherit most of the genes from the vinifera parent so it isn't resistant like the Norton....according to the info I have anyway.
It will be an exciting venture bc the blanc was never really explored it seems. Who's to say the negative characteristics of the ones studied are indicative to all of them?
Mutations do happen after all!
To my knowledge no one ever tried to vinify it; mainly the accounts of angry vineyard owners from the 1800's yanking them out of the ground bc they were expecting something more similar to the original/hoping for a shortcut around the expense of trying to propagate cynthiana.
Which makes me curious......if the blanc favors the vinifera parentage then would it not be able to propagate more easily? Then what of its progeny?
Would they flip flop back to the aestivalis/red? If so, then provided the flavor is good would exist a work around for the propagation issue.
Cold stratified to boot, I need to go purchase a lottery ticket or something!