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Slankamenka

The white grape variety originates from the Balkans and is named after a municipality in Serbian Vojvodina. Synonyms grouped by country are White Slankamenka (Germany); Slankamenka Blanche (France); Slankamenka Bianca (Italy); Madaruša, Slankamenka Bijela (Croatia); Maghiarca, Majarcă Albă(Romania); Magyarica, Magyarka, Slankamenka Béla, Szlanka Fehér (Hungary). It is an old grape variety from the Banat region (landscape in Romania, Serbia and Hungary). There it is cultivated under different names, whereby the individual varieties differ quite strongly morphologically. Nothing is known about a possible genetic relationship to the red variety Pamid (Slankamenka Crvena). According to DNA analyses carried out in 2013, it is a presumably natural cross between Bálint x Razachi Rosie (Razaki Kirmizi). However, this is based on only 20 DNA markers (see Molecular genetics). The black-berry variety Slankamenka Rosie (Majarcă Rosie) is a colour mutation. The late-maturing vine with thick-skinned berries is susceptible to downy mildew but resistant to botrytis. It yields low-alcohol, low-acid white wines that serve as blends. In 2016, 23 hectares of vines were designated in Romania (Kym Anderson).

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