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The red grape variety (also FR 487-88 r) is a new variety between(Merzling x(Zarya Severa x Muscat Ottonel)) x Dornfelder. In some sources this is indicated in the form Solaris x Dornfelder; because the mother variety later became the Solaris variety by selection. It contains genes of Vitis amurensis, Vitis lincecumii, Vitis rupestris and Vitis vinifera. The crossing of the hybrids was carried out in 1988 by Norbert Becker (1937-2012) at the Viticulture Institute Freiburg. The late maturing, frost hardy vine is resistant to both types of mildew. It produces colour-intensive, tannin-rich red wines. No stocks were recorded in Germany in 2009. In Switzerland there is a tiny stock; in Italy it was approved in 2011.

Monarch - Weintraube und Blatt

Pictures: Ursula Brühl, Doris Schneider, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI)

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