The white grape variety originates from Italy. Synonyms are Arquitano, Biancuccia, Bifolco, Dolcipappola, Forcese, Iuvino, Norcino, Pecorina Arquatanella, Pecorino di Osimo, Promotico, Stricarella, Trebbiano Viccio, Uva delle Peccore, Uva Pecorina, Uva Stretta, Verdicchio Bastardo Bianco, Uvina and Vissanello. It should not be confused with the Greco Bianco variety, which is sometimes called Pecorino. The origin (parentage) of the variety is unknown, according to one hypothesis it is said to be directly descended from a wild vine. The early-maturing, low-yielding vine is resistant to both types of mildew. It produces fresh, fruity, acidic white wines with a lemon flavour. The variety is cultivated in the regions of Abruzzo, Latium, Liguria, Marche (formerly in large quantities), Tuscany and Umbria. There it is permitted in the DOC white wines Colli Maceratesi, Controguerra, Falerio dei Colli Ascolani and Offida. It is grown on 1,628 hectares in Italy and on 114 hectares in Peru under the name Uvina. In 2016, a total of 1,742 hectares of vines were designated (Kym Anderson).