The red grape variety (also Melnik) is a new breed between Shiroka Melnishka x valdiguié, The name was given after the smallest Bulgarian city under monument protection (known for sandstone pyramids). The crossing took place in 1963 Bulgaria by Yane Atanasov. A seed mixture of the three varieties was used for breeding Durif. Jurançon and Valdiguié used (and also so stated in the breeding list), however, was done in 2005 DNA analysis the definitive paternity of Valdiguié determined. By the way, the new breed is also with the same parents Ranna Melnishka Loza emerged. The early to medium maturing vine is moderately resistant to Botrytis, It produces rich, acidic and tannic red wines with aging potential. The variety is cultivated in the southwest of Bulgaria. In 2008 it occupied 28 hectares of vineyards (ex Wine grapes ); in Kym's statistics Anderson however, no holdings were reported in 2010.
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012