The red grape variety originates from Italy. The parentage is unknown. It is thought that it could be identical to a variety called Gigante (ex Wine Grapes); however, there is no variety with this name today (ex VIVC catalogue). This medium to late maturing vine was threatened with extinction and is part of a reactivation program for old vine varieties. The variety is grown in the area around the town of Sorrento in Campania, where it is permitted in the DOC wine Penisola Sorrentina. However, no stocks were reported in 2016 (Kym Anderson statistics).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012