The white grape variety (also Melody, New York 65-444-4) is an interspecific new variety between Seyval Blanc x Geneva White 5(Pinot Noir x Ontario). It contains genes from Vitis labrusca, Vitis lincecumii, Vitis rupestris and Vitis vinifera. The hybrid was crossed in 1965 by Bruce Reich and Robert Pool at the Vine Breeding Institute of Cornell University in Geneva (New York). The medium to late ripening vine is moderately resistant to frost, powdery mildew and botrytis. It produces fruity white wines with floral and herbal aromas. The variety is grown in the US states of Kansas, New York in the Cayuga Lake and South Carolina area. However, no stocks were recorded in 2010 (Kym Anderson).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Pictures: Ursula Brühl, Doris Schneider, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI)