The red grape variety is a new breed between Shiroka Melnishka x valdiguié, Synonyms are Early Melnik, Melnik 55, Melnishka Ranna and Ranna Melnishka. The crossing took place in 1963 Bulgaria by the breeder Yane Atanasov. A seed mixture of the three varieties was used for breeding Durif. Jurançon and Valdiguié used (and also indicated in the breeding list), but was done through 2005 DNA analysis the definitive paternity of valdiguié determined. It is often confused with the mother variety. Incidentally, the same breed is also new breeding Melnik 82 emerged. The medium-ripening vine is susceptible to both types of mildew, but is relatively resistant to them Botrytis, It produces spicy red wines with sour cherry aroma and aging potential. The variety is cultivated in the southwest and in 2010 occupied a total of 249 hectares.
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012