The white grape variety comes from Italy (but hardly plays a role there). Synonyms are Caccarella, Greco, Malvasia Bianca, Malvasia Greca, Moscatella, Moscato Greco and Mosella. It is one of the numerous mostly unrelated varieties with part of the name Malvasia (look there). Despite apparently indicative synonyms or morphological It must not be similar to the varieties Greco. Malvasia Bianca di Candia (Malvasia Bianca), Malvasia Bianca Lunga. Malvasia del Lazio or Malvasia di Lipari be confused. It is also not a color mutation of the red variety Malvasia Nera Lunga (with synonym Moscatella).
The medium to late ripening vine is quite susceptible to real ones mildew, but quite resistant to Botrytis, It produces flowery white wines with aromas of citrus and tropical fruits. The variety was first mentioned in 1606 near Turin by agronomist Giovanni Battista Croce. It was widespread in Piedmont, but became after the phylloxera disaster towards the end of the 19th century by Moscato Bianco ( Muscat Blanc ) replaced. Today there is Piedmont only small, widely dispersed stocks (in the statistics of Kym Anderson no inventory is shown). Immigrants from Piedmont brought them under the name Malvasia Bianca California, where 554 hectares of vineyards were recorded in 2010 (Kym Anderson ).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012