Ranna Melnishka Loza [Early Melnik]
Ranna Melnishka Loza also known as Melnik 55 is a hybrid between the local grape variety Shiroka Melnishka Loza and mixed pollen of the French varieties Durif, Jurançon, Valdiguié and Cabernet Sauvignon. Melnik 55 was created in 1963 by a team of oenologists. Their goal was to create a grape variety that ripens earlier than the local Shiroka Melnishka Loza, which ripens in the beginning of October, but at the same time preserves the unique characteristics of the Melnik variety.
The bunch of Ranna Melnishka Loza is medium in size, cylindrical-conical, winged, semi-compact to compact. The grapes are medium in size, oval and juicy. The skin is thick, dark blue and covered with small spots. Ranna Melnishka Loza ripens earlier than Shiroka Melnishka Loza – around September 20-25. Ranna Melnishka Loza is relatively resistant to low winter temperatures and grey mould. This hybrid grape variety thrives best on lighter, warmer and sandy soils. It is mainly cultivated in the areas around Melnik and Sandanski.