The grape variety is an interspecific new variety between Lindley x Delaware. It contains genes from Vitis aestivalis, Vitis labrusca and Vitis vinifera. The hybrid was crossed in 1883 in the USA by the botanist Thomas Volney Munson (1843-1913). The vine has dark red berries, is extremely resistant to frost and susceptible to the vine disease Pierce Disease. It was a crossing partner in the new variety Palermo (1). The variety is mainly used as table grape. A self-pollinated (S.P.) seedling of Brilliant was selected in 1893 by the breeder C. G. Miller and named Brilliant Seedling. In 2016, no stock was auzsed (Kym Anderson).