The white grape variety comes from Italy. Synonyms are Arquitano, Iuvino, Norcino, Pecorina Arquatanella, Pecorino di Osimo, Promotico, Trebbiano Viccio, Uva della Pecore, Uva Pecorina, Verdicchio Bastardo Bianco, Uvina and Vissanello. It must not be confused with the Greco Bianco variety, sometimes called Pecorino. The origin (parentage) of the variety is unknown; according to an unproven hypothesis, it is said to come directly from a wild vine. The early-ripening, yield-insecure vine is resistant to both types of mildew. It produces fresh, fruity, acidic white wines with lemon aromas.
The variety is grown in the regions of Abruzzo, Lazio, Liguria, Marche (formerly in large quantities), Tuscany and Umbria. There it is authorised in the DOC white wines Colli Maceratesi, Controguerra, Falerio dei Colli Ascolani and Offida. The Italian area under cultivation in 2010 was 1,114 hectares - nine times the amount in 2000! In Peru, 114 hectares were registered under the name Uvina (Kym Anderson).