The white grape variety is an interspecific new variety Seibel 5656 x Seibel 4986(Rayon d'Or). Synonyms are Fresco, Seival, Seyval, Seyve-Villard, Seyve-Villard 5-276 and SV 5-276. The red variety Seyval Noir was created with the same parents. It contains genes from Vitis lincecumii, Vitis rupestris and Vitis vinifera. This hybrid is, together with Villard Blanc, one of the most successful breeds of the formerly very important vine breeding farm Seyve-Villard in Saint-Vallier in the Département Isère (Rhône Valley). The variety was a cross-breeding partner of the new varieties Birstaler Muskat, Cayuga White, Chardonel, Donauveltliner, Horizon, La Crosse, Merzling, Melody, Réselle, Souvignier Gris, St. Croix and St. Pepin.