The white grape variety comes from Crete - Greece, Synonyms are Belana and Velana. It is believed that the variety (among many others) is famous for the production Malvasia wines was used by the historic port as early as the 13th century Monemvasia were shipped or exported from. According to in 2007 DNA analysis it is closely related to the varieties Aitonychi Mavro (Piperionos) and Vidiano, The parentage is unknown. The late ripening, productive vine is susceptible to fungal diseases, It produces spicy, acidic, well-structured white wines with aromas of green apples and lemons. Vilana is the main 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