The red grape variety comes from Italy, Synonyms are Avellinese, Cascolo, Cascolone, Crovina, Livella di Battipaglia, Livella Nera, Olivella Negra, Olivella Nera, Olivella Nostrana, Sancinoso, Sancinosa, Sanginoso, Sangionoso, Sanguinosa, Sarcinosa, Sciascinuso, Uva Olivella, Uiv Olivella Verace. Despite apparently indicative synonyms, it may not be used with the varieties Livella d'Ischia or Livella di Mirabella be confused. According to a hypothesis, the synonym Olivella Nera could be a descendant of the Columella (+70 AD) and Pliny the Elder (23-79 AD) mentioned antique grape Act Vitis oleaginea.
The late ripening, productive vine is susceptible to Botrytis and wrong mildew, It produces dark-colored, rather simple red wines, which are often blended with Aglianico and Piedirosso. The variety is in Campania mainly grown in the provinces of Avellino, Benevenro, Caserta and Salerno, as well as in Lazio in the province of Frosisone. It is in the DOC wines Campi Flegrei. Irpinia. Penisola Sorrentina. Sannio and Vesuvio authorized. The acreage in 2010 was 94 hectares with a strongly falling trend (Kym Anderson ).
Source : Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Images : MIPAAF - National Vine Certification Service