The white grape variety originates from Italy. There are 75 synonyms that indicate the vine's great age. Some of them grouped alphabetically by country are (in bold the other main names) Paulos, Pavlos (Greece); Arcadino, Fresia, Malvasia Bianca, Malvasia Bianca del Polino, Malvasia Bianca Siciliana, Malvasia Bianca di Bari, Malvasia Bianca di Basilicata, Malvasia Bianca Toscana, Malvasia Cannilunga di Novoli, Malvasia del Chianti, Malvasia di Arezzo, Malvasia di Brolio, Malvasia di San Nicandro, Malvasia Lunga, Malvasia Toscana, Malvasia Verace, Prosecco Nostrano, Prosecco Nostrano di Conegliano, Racina du Monacu Bianca, Tundulillu, Uva Antica (Italy); Kacabelic, Krizol, Krizol Bijeli, Maraškin, Maraštin, Maraština, Maraština Bijela, Maraština Krupna, Maraština Mala, Mareština, Mareština Modra, Rukac, Rukatac, Rukatica, Višana (Croatia); Menuetta (Slovenia). It is one of the numerous varieties with the name part Malvasia (see there). It has been known in Tuscany for several centuries. In Bettino Ricasoli's (1809-1880) first recipe of 1872, it was suggested as an additive for simpler Chianti, but discouraged for storable wines.