The white grape comes from Crete - Greece, Synonyms are Belana and Velana. It is believed that the variety (among many others) for the production of the famous Malvasia wines It was used as early as the 13th century by the historic port Monemvasia shipped out or exported. According to done in 2007 DNA analysis it is closely related to the varieties Aitonychi Mavro (Piperionos) and Vidiano, The descent (parenthood) is unknown. The late-ripening, high-yielding vine is prone to fungal diseases, It produces spicy, acidic, well structured white wines with aromas of green apples and lemons. Vilana is the most important white wine variety on the island of Crete and is in the two POP white wines Peza and Sitia contain. The Greek acreage totaled 571 hectares in 2010.
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012