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Merlot Kanthus

The red grape variety (also UD-31.122) is an interspecific new cross between Merlot x Kozma 20-3. It contains genes from Vitis amurensis, Vitis berlandieri, Vitis rupestris and Vitis vinifera. The hybrid was crossed in 2002 in Italy by the breeders Simone Diego Castellarin and Guido Cipriani. Incidentally, the same parents also gave rise to the Merlot Khorus variety. The medium-ripening vine is resistant to frost and both types of powdery mildew. No stocks were reported in 2016 (Kym Anderson statistics).

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