Despite being considered an international vine for its widespread presence in the viticulture of the New World, its cultivation is more problematic than other French varieties because of its sensitivity to water stress. It is prone to over-ripeness and significant deterioration of the quality of the wine due to excessive production per plant. In Italy we mainly find this variety in Sicily and in Tuscany. The bouquet is characterized by intense aromas of pepper and chocolate as few other wines in the world.