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The red grape variety comes from the USA. Synonyms are Bacchus (but there is no relation to this German new variety), Clinton Rose, Klinton, Plant des Carmes, Plant Pouzin, Red Cilian, Vorthington, Worthington and Zephirin. It is probably a natural interspecific cross between the species Vitis riparia x Vitis labrusca. The hybrid was discovered and selected in 1821 in a vineyard in the eponymous city of Clinton near Syracuse in New York State by the student Hugh White. She was a crossbreeding partner in the new breeds Autuchon, Brant, Canada, Cornucopia and Quassaic. Five open flowered seedlings from Clinton are Bacchus Black, Blaue von Selbach, Golden Clinton, Peabody and Vialla.

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