Cited by Cupani (1696), the origin is still uncertain. It is linked to the ancient wines that went by the names of "Calabresi di Augusta" and "Vini di Vittoria". The name Calabrese presumably derives from two ancient Sicilian words "Calea" - "Aulisi", grapes of Avola, linked to the place of original selection. The king of Sicilian vines is successfully cultivated in all the viticultural areas of the island, where it finds its highest qualitative expression.
Vigorous plant, medium-large leaf, medium to large bunch, medium berries with blue-black pruinose skin. Average maturation. The wines are distinguished according to the areas of cultivation of the vine, are rich in personality, of a deep ruby red color, high aromatic outfit with fruity, floral and spicy notes, excellent taste structure, tannins, full-bodied, balanced acidity and softness, harmonious in complex.
It is widespread throughout Sicily.