The red grape variety comes from Spain. Synonyms are Black, Black Lisbon, Black Portugal, Black Tokay, Gros Maroc, Black Saint Peters, Black Spanish, Merediths's Alicante, Sainte Marie d'Alcantara and Speechley's Alicante. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2013, it is a presumably natural cross between Black Morocco and Verjus. The vine was already cultivated as a table grape in greenhouses in many European countries in the 18th century. It was a cross-breeding partner in the five new varieties Brant, Canada, Cornucopia and Golden Queen. Black Alicante, however, is a synonym for the Portuguese variety Trincadeira Preta in Australia.