It is the variety that occupies the least surface area among authorised Rioja grapes. It may well come from a mutation of the red Garnacha Tinta. It has very similar characteristics to Garnacha Tinta (alcoholic wines with significant extract but little aroma and acidity). Grown in cool areas, it produces pleasant wines with good acidity.
Alicante Blanca, Garnacha, Grenache Blanc and Lanc Sillina are the synonymies registered in ampelographic collections.