The red grape variety comes from Italy. The name means "little bomb" and is derived from the shape of the grape. According to a second version, the pyramid-shaped grape resembles a child with outstretched arms, from which the name "bambino" or "bombino" is derived. Synonyms are Bambino, Buonvino, Buonvino Nero, Calatamuro Nero, Cola Tamburo Nero, Malvasia Antica Nera and Nerona di Viggiano. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2016, it is a presumably natural cross between Quagliano x Bombino Bianco.
This late-maturing, high-yielding vine produces fruity, light-red red wines, which are often used for blending into rosé wines. It is cultivated in the regions of Apulia (largest quantity), Basilicata, Lazio and Sardinia, where it is permitted for example in the DOC wines Castel del Monte, Lizzano and Velletri. It is also used as a table grape. In 2010, a total of 1,201 hectares of vineyards were designated in Italy (Kym Anderson).