The white grape variety (also Tsitronny Magaracha) is a complex new variety between Madeleine Angevine x (Magarach 124-66-26 = Rkatsiteli x Magarach 2-57-72 x Novoukrainsky Ranny = Dzhura Usyum (a crossbreed of table grapes) x Csaba Gyöngye). The cross was made in 1978 at the Viticulture Institute Magarach in Crimea (Ukraine) by the breeder P. Ya. Golodriga. The early to medium-ripening, high-yielding vine is resistant to frost down to minus 25 °Celsius and to fungal diseases in general. According to its name, it produces white wines with aromas of citrus fruits and peach, as well as subtle muscatel, which are mainly used for blending. The variety is grown in Ukraine (110 ha) and in Russia in the Krasnador area (307 ha).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
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