The white grape variety comes from Moldova. There are about 120 synonyms, which indicates high age and wide distribution. Some are Ardansky, Balana, Bely Vinograd, Bilamuca, Plavace, Plavai, Plavaï, Plavaia, Plavaie, Plavaj, Plaval and Plavana. In spite of apparently indicative synonyms or morphological similarity, it must not be confused with the variety Plavec Žuti. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2013, it is a presumably natural cross between Beala Debela x Zemoasa(Iordan). However, this is based on only 20 DNA markers (see molecular genetics). The variety was a crossing partner in the new breeding of Sukholimansky Bely. It was very popular in Moldova in the 19th and at the beginning of the 20th century. In 2016, 152 hectares of vineyards were planted in Romania (Kym Anderson).