The red grape variety is a new variety between Shiroka Melnishka x Valdiguié. Synonyms are Early Melnik, Melnik 55, Melnishka Ranna and Ranna Melnishka. The cross was made in 1963 in Bulgaria by the breeder Yane Atanasov. A seed mixture of the three varieties Durif, Jurançon and Valdiguié was used for breeding (and also stated so in the breeding list), but DNA analyses carried out in 2005 determined the definite paternity of Valdiguié. It is often confused with the mother variety. Incidentally, the same parents also gave rise to the new variety Melnik 82. The medium-ripening vine is susceptible to both types of mildew, but relatively resistant to botrytis. It produces spicy red wines with sour cherry aroma and ageing potential. The variety is cultivated in the southwest and occupied a total of 249 hectares in 2010.