The red grape variety (also New York 12997) is an interspecific new variety between Muscat d'Hamburg x Ontario. It contains genes from Vitis vinifera and Vitis labrusca. The hybrid was crossed in 1926 by Richard Wellington at the Vine Breeding Institute of Cornell University in Geneva, New York State. Plant variety protection was granted in 1961. The early to medium-ripening, somewhat yield-insecure vine is moderately resistant to frost and fungal diseases. It produces rather low-acid red wines with muscat and moderate foxton. It is also used as a table grape. In 2010, five hectares were designated in Canada (New Scotland and Niagara Peninsula) (Kym Anderson). Small stocks also exist in the US state of Missouri.
Pictures: Ursula Brühl, Doris Schneider, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI)