The white grape variety originates from Italy (but plays hardly any role there). Synonyms are Caccarella, Greco, Malvasia Bianca, Malvasia Greca, Moscatella, Moscato Greco and Mosella. It is one of the numerous mostly unrelated varieties with the name part Malvasia (see there). In spite of apparently indicative synonyms or morphological similarities, it must not be confused with the varieties Greco, Malvasia Bianca di Candia (Malvasia Bianca), Malvasia Bianca Lunga, Malvasia del Lazio or Malvasia di Lipari. It is also not a colour mutation of the red variety Malvasia Nera Lunga (with synonym Moscatella).
The medium to late ripening vine is quite susceptible to powdery mildew, but quite resistant to botrytis. It produces floral white wines with aromas of citrus and tropical fruits. The variety was first mentioned in 1606 near Turin by the agronomist Giovanni Battista Croce. It was widespread in Piedmont, but was replaced by Moscato Bianco(Muscat Blanc) after the phylloxera disaster at the end of the 19th century. Today, there are only small, widely scattered stocks in Piedmont (Kym Anderson's statistics do not show any stock). Immigrants from Piedmont brought them to California under the name Malvasia Bianca, where 554 hectares of vineyards were registered in 2010 (Kym Anderson).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012