The white grape 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 many mostly unrelated varieties with name part Malvasia (look there). Despite seemingly indicative synonyms or morphological She may not share similarities with 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 the red variety Malvasia Nera Lunga (with the synonym Moscatella).
The medium to late ripening vine is quite prone to real 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 was after the phylloxera disaster towards the end of the 19th century by Moscato Bianco ( Muscat Blanc ) replaced. Today there is in Piedmont only small, widely scattered stocks (in the statistics of Kym Anderson no inventory is reported). Immigrants from Piedmont brought them under the name of 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