The red grape variety comes from Italy. Synonyms are Massase, Massese, Mazzese di Parlascio, Ortese, Orzese, Rinaldesca, Rinaldessa, Rinardesca, Uva Mazzese, Vaiano, Vajano and Valiano Nero. The parentage (parenthood) is unknown. It must not be confused with the Ciliegiolo (Mazzèse) or Fortana (Orzese) varieties, despite the fact that synonyms or morphological similarities seem to indicate it. The old Tuscan variety was mentioned at the beginning of the 18th century by the botanist Pier Antonio Micheli (1679-1737). The early-ripening vine is cultivated exclusively in Tuscany, especially in the province of Grosseto, as well as in Pisa. It is mainly used as a blend. The area under cultivation in 2010 was 76 hectares (Kym Anderson).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Pictures: M.I.P.A.A.F - National Vine Certification Service