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The red grape variety is an open-pollinated seedling of (Jaeger 43 x Rupestris). It contains genes from Vitis lincecumii and Vitis rupestris. The selection was made in 1892 by the US botanist Thomas Volney Munson (1843-1913). The hybrid is extremely frost-resistant (down to -34 °C) and resistant to Pierce's disease. It produces wines similar to port wine. The vine is also used as table grape. It was a crossing partner of the new variety Universal. No stock was reported in 2016 (Kym Anderson statistics).

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