The red grape variety comes from the Canary Islands ( Spain ). Synonyms are Almuñeco, Listán Morado, Negra Común and Negro Común. Despite apparently indicative synonyms or morphological or similarities of names they may not with the varieties also grown here Listán Prieto (here Moscatel Negro) or Negramoll be confused. According to in 2003 DNA analysis it’s not a color either mutation of white varieties Listán de Huelva or Palomino (Listán Blanco).
It is said that the Spanish brought it to the islands as early as the 15th century. The productive vine produces aromatic red wines. It is the most important red grape variety in the Canary Islands, where it is grown especially in the north of Tenerife and is often blended with the Negramoll. This is partly done in small craters or artificially created hollows in the volcanic soil to collect moisture and offer protection from the Sahara winds. In 2010, 2,666 hectares were occupied (Kym Anderson ).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012