The red grape variety is a new breed between Nebbiolo x Syrah. Synonyms are Ruby and Ruby Bolgarskii. The crossing was made in Bulgaria in 1944. The plant variety protection was granted in 1961. The medium maturing vine produces colourful, tannin-rich red wines with aromas of plums and blackberries. It is cultivated in Bulgaria mainly around Plovdiv and Svishtov on about 165 hectares (ex Wine Grapes). Small stocks are also to be found in Romania and Slovenia. However, the statistics of Kym Anderson did not show any stocks in 2010.