The red grape variety originates from Italy. Synonyms are Albana Nera, Aleatico di Spagna, Brunellone, Canaiolo Romano, Ciliegino, Ciliegiolo di Spagna, Ciliegiolo Nero, Ciliegiona Nera, Ciliegioulo Nero, Ciliegiulo, Ciliegiuolo, Ciligiolo Nero, Criminese, Mazzèse, Riminese, Riminese ad Uva Rossa, Riminese di Color di Potercole, Riminese Noire, Sangiovese Polveroso and Sangiovese Polveroso Bonechi. The variety was first mentioned in Tuscany towards the end of the 16th century by the Italian agronomist Giovanni Soderini (1526-1596) as Ciriegiuolo Dolce. This (and so far unproven relations to Spanish varieties) also refutes the hypothesis that the variety was introduced from Spain by Santiago de Compostela pilgrims around 1870. According to another hypothesis, it was already selected from wild vines by the Etruscans.