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The white grape variety comes from Bulgaria or Romania, It is probably a very old variety that used to be widespread, because there are around 80 Synonyms, Some of them are Abuc, Aprofehér, Aurelul, Bálint, Belina Sitia, Berbecal, Berbetsel, Budai Rizling (Budai Riesling), Cokour, Fehér Kadarka, Kisfehér, Kleinweiß, Marunt Prajit, Momina Salza, Popolec and Ptitse Grozne. The parentage is unknown. There are morphological Similarities to the Romanian varieties Cabasma Albâ. Galbenă de Odobesti and Zghihara de Husi,

Berbecel - grape and leaf

It used to be quite common in Kleinfrweiß in Upper Franconia (Germany). According to the certified biologist Andreas Young With its milky-white-yellow berries it resembles the yellow Riesling in the winemaker Franz's collection Leth (Wagram, Lower Austria). The variety can be found ungrafted still in Mixed sentence of the winegrower Peter Götz in the Schlossberg (Zell am Ebersberg) in Franconia and in the Museum Wenger von Kernen-Stetten in Wuerttemberg, However, the variety is no longer important, in 2010 no stock was shown (Kym Anderson ).

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