This red grape variety is an interspecific new variety between Severny x Saperavi. Synonyms are Saperavi du Nord, Saperavi Severnii and Saperavi Severnyi. The name literally means "northern Saperavi". It contains genes from Vitis amurensis and Vitis vinifera. The hybrid was crossed in 1947 by Ya. I. Potapenko in Rostov Russia (then USSR). Plant variety protection was granted in 1965. In Czechoslovakia it was used by Vilém Kraus (1924-2013). He passed on the breeding material to Geisenheim (Germany), from which the new varieties Serena and Sibera were created. It was also a crossing partner in the new variety Skif. The early to medium ripening vine is resistant to frost, but moderately susceptible to downy mildew and botrytis. It yields tannic red wines with an herbaceous aroma. In 2016, 325 hectares of vines were reported in Russia (Kym Anderson statistics).
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