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There are two grape varieties with this name:

Monarch - Germany

The red grape variety (also FR 487-88 R) is a new breeding between (Merzling x (Zarya Severa x Muskat-Ottonel)) x Dornfelder. In some sources this is stated in the form Solaris x Dornfelder; because the Solaris variety later emerged from the mother variety through selection. Genes of Vitis amurensis, Vitis lincecumii, Vitis rupestris and Vitis vinifera are included. The hybrid was crossed in 1988 by Norbert Becker (1937-2012) at the Viticulture Institute in Freiburg. The late-maturing, frost-hardy vine is resistant to both types of mildew. It produces colour-intensive, tannin-rich red wines. There are stocks in Germany (11 ha), in Italy and in Switzerland (2 ha). In 2018, 13 hectares of vines were reported (D-STATIS).

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