The red variety comes from Italy, Synonyms include Massase, Massese, Mazzese di Parlascio, Ortese, Orzese, Rinaldesca, Rinaldessa, Rinardesca, Uva Mazzese, Vaiano, Vajano and Valiano Nero. The parentage is unknown. It may, despite seemingly suggestive synonyms or morphological Similarities do not match the varieties Ciliegiolo (Mazzèse) or Fortana (Orcese) are confused. The ancient Tuscan variety was mentioned at the beginning of the 18th century by the botanist Pier Antonio Micheli (1679-1737). The early ripening vine is exclusively in the Tuscany cultivated mainly in the province of Grosseto as well as in Pisa. It is mainly used as a blend. The acreage in 2010 was 76 hectares (Kym Anderson ).
Source : Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Pictures : MIPAAF - National Vine Certification Service