The white grape variety comes from Crete-Greece. Synonyms are Belana and Velana. It is believed that the variety was used (among many others) for the production of the famous Malvasia wines, which were shipped or exported from the historic port of Monemvasia as early as the 13th century. According to DNA analyses carried out in 2007, it is closely related to the varieties Aitonychi Mavro (Piperionos) and Vidiano. The parentage (parenthood) is unknown. The late ripening, high-yielding vine is susceptible to fungal diseases. It produces spicy, acidic, well-structured white wines with aromas of green apples and lemons. Vilana is the most important white wine variety on the island of Crete and is included in the POP white wines Peza and Sitia. In 2016, 650 hectares of vineyards were designated (Kym Anderson).