The red grape comes from Italy, Synonyms are Cassano, Malvasia di Lucania and Malvasia Nera. It is one of the numerous mostly unrelated varieties with part of the name Malvasia (look there). According to DNA analysis it is not, as one might assume, a color mutation of the white variety Malvasia Bianca di Basilicata (or the other way around). There are morphological Similarities to the variety Malvasia Nera di Brindisi, The medium maturing vine is resistant to both Mildew diseases and Botrytis, It produces aromatic red wines with a rather moderate alcohol and acidity. The variety is said to be from Apulia in the Basilicata come where it is grown and used as a blend in the provinces of Matera and Potenza. It is approved in the DOC wines Grottino di Roccanova. Terre dell'Alta Val d'Agri and Terra d'Otranto, The acreage in 2010 was 114 hectares (Kym Anderson ).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012