It is the noblest fruit of the Aeolian Islands; if harvested early, it produces dry wines with good acidity and hints of aromatic herbs and flowers. If harvested late and with a short drying process, it produces excellent sweet wines. It belongs to the category of aromatic grapes and is one of the several Malvasia varietals cultivated in Italy. It is popular exclusively in the Aeolian archipelago, especially in Salina. It was most likely imported to the island by early Greek farmers who settled in the area between 588 and 577 B.C. and probably owes its acclimatization to the islands to its strong resistance to saltiness.