The red variety (also Melnik) is a new breed between Shiroka Melnishka x valdiguié, The name was given after the listed Bulgarian city (known for sandstone pyramids). The crossing took place in 1963 in Bulgaria by Yane Atanasov. In breeding, a seed mixture of the three varieties Durif. Jurançon and Valdiguié used (and as stated in the breeding list), but by 2005 DNA analysis determines the definitive paternity of Valdiguié. By the way, with the same parents is also the new breed Ranna Melnishka Loza emerged. The early to mid-seasoning vine is moderately resistant to Botrytis, It produces rich, acid and tannin-stressed red wines with aging potential. The variety is cultivated in the southwest of Bulgaria. It occupies 28 hectares of vineyards in 2008 (ex Wine Grapes ); in the statistics of Kym Anderson was in 2010 but no inventory reported.
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012