This grapevine grows on Reunion Island since the beginning of its colonisation. Certain founders of the "comptoirs de l'océan Indien" claim that « wheat from well-stocked spikes along with a very good grapevine are used to produce wine ». Until 1850 however, its location hadn't known any significant extension, confining itself to the downwind area between Saint-Paul and Saint-Denis.
Around 1860, the vine was introduced in Cilaos, but initially purely for its fruit: the grape "Vitis Labrusca", or "Isabelle". This variety has proven to be very well suited for the mild and dry climate of Cilaos, possessing a very strong resistance to diseases and a very high productivity. In 1915, under the impulse of father Teigny, the first vinification tests were performed.