The white grape variety is a new variety between Bacchus x Seyve-Villard 12-375(Villard Blanc). The name was given after the brightest fixed star in the sky nine light years away. Incidentally, the new Phoenix and Staufer breedings were created with the same parents. It contains genes from Vitis berlandieri, Vitis rupestris and Vitis vinifera. The crossing of the hybrids was done by Dr. Gerhardt Alleweldt (1927-2005) at the Institute for Grapevine Breeding Geilweilerhof in Siebeldingen-Pfalz. She was crossing partner for the new varieties Felicia and Villaris. The vine is resistant to both types of mildew and is considered a PIWI variety. It produces fruity white wines similar to Riesling. In 2010, only one hectare of vineyard area was designated in Germany.
Pictures: Ursula Brühl, Doris Schneider, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI)