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Misket Cherven

The white grape variety with pink berries comes from Bulgaria; the name means Red Muscat or Red Misket. Synonyms are Karlovski Misket, Kimionka, Misket Siv, Misket Starozagorski, Misket Sungurlarski, Misket Tcherven, Miskete Tcherven, Sinja Temenuga, Sinya Temenuga, Songurlarski Misket and Yuzhnobalgarski Cherven Misket. Despite morphological similarities, it must not be confused with the varieties Misket Varnenski or Misket Vrachanski. There are also no kinship links with other Bulgarian Misket (nutmeg) varieties. She was a cross-breeding partner of the new varieties Misket Sungurlarski and Orfej. Colour mutations are Misket Rozov (copper red berries) and Misket Byal (white berries).

The late ripening vine is extremely resistant to frost and botrytis, but susceptible to both types of mildew. It produces simple, rather low-acid white wines with a grapey aroma and is also used as a table grape. The variety is widespread in Bulgaria, mainly in the provinces of Burgas, Haskovo, Plovdiv and Sliven. It is often blended with the Dimyat, Rkatsiteli or Welschriesling varieties. In 2010, 4,159 hectares were recorded in Bulgaria. This puts it in 122nd place in the worldwide grape variety ranking.

Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012

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