The red grape variety is a new breed between Negru Virtos x Saperavi. The crossing was made in Romania in 1987 by Mircea Marculescu. With the same parents the new variety Negru de Drăgășani was created. The medium maturing, high-yielding vine is sensitive to rain and susceptible to fungal diseases. It produces fresh, acidic red wines with soft tannins for rather quick enjoyment. The variety is cultivated in the areas of Oltenia in the southwest and Moldova. In 2010, 42 hectares of vineyard area were registered.
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012