The white grape variety comes from the island state of Malta. The name probably derives from the municipality of Girgenti in the southwest of the island of Malta. Synonyms are Ghirgenthina, Girgentina Blanche and Insolja Tal-Girgenti. DNA analyses carried out in 2010 have not yet been able to establish any links with Sicilian varieties (such as Inzolia, which has long been suspected). The late ripening vine is susceptible to fungal diseases, especially botrytis. It produces fresh, alcohol-light white wines that tend to oxidize. The variety is also used as a table grape. The area under cultivation on the two main islands of Malta and Gozo is estimated at around 200 hectares. However, no stock was reported in 2010 (statistics Kym Anderson).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012