The white grape variety (also Kidonitsa) comes from Greece, It is believed that the variety (among many others) for the production of the famous Malvasia wines was used as early as the 13th century by the historic Greek port Monemvasia shipped out or exported. The medium to late-ripening vine is generally resistant to vine diseases. It produces white wines with an aroma of citrus and quince, from which the name derives (Kidoni = quince). The variety is in small amount in the southern Peloponnese grown in the area Lakonien. Mostly it becomes with the likewise rare kind Petroulianos blended. No stocks were reported in 2010 (Kym Anderson ).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012