The red grape variety comes from Italy. Synonyms are Sagrantino Rosso and Sagrantino di Montefalco. According to a hypothesis that can no longer be verified, the variety was introduced to Umbria in the Middle Ages by Byzantine monks from Greece or by Franciscans from Asia Minor. This is also indicated by the name, which is possibly derived from "sacro" (holy). According to a hypothesis which is also not verifiable, it is said to be a descendant of the ancient grape variety "Itriola" mentioned by Pliny the Elder (23-79). The late ripening vine is susceptible to downy mildew. It produces dark ruby red, tannin-rich red wines with aromas of cherries and mulberries, as well as ageing potential with suitability for barrique ageing.