The red grape variety comes from Italy. Synonyms are Barsullina, Bersaglina, Massareta and Massaretta. There are morphological similarities with the Sangiovese variety. The medium-late ripening vine is sensitive to powdery mildew. It produces ruby red wines with high tannin and alcohol content and fruity aromas, which are mainly used for blending. The variety is mainly cultivated in Tuscany, in the province of Massa-Carrara, where it is permitted in the DOC wines Candia dei Colli Apuani and Colli di Luni. There is a small population in Liguria under the name Massaretta. In 2010 a vineyard area of 17 hectares was designated.