Caprettone, native Italian white wine grape found in the Campania region.

Where grown | Campania: vineyards are mainly located on the slopes of fifteen towns near- and even on the Vesuvius volcano (especially the southeastern slope). The best known DOC wine is Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio Bianco, but Caprettone plays only a small role in those blends. Wines made from 85-100% Caprettone will be varietally-labelled IGT wines.

Viticulture | Caprettone looks very different from Coda di Volpe Bianca. Contrary to the latter (whose bunches are opulent and large like the tail of a fox) the bunches and the berries are smaller. Currently it is typically grown on volcanic soils.

Wine style | Lemon, white flowers and unripe apricot aromas and flavors, with mineral notes.

Bibliography

See Ian D’Agata, Native Wine Grapes of Italy (University of California Press, 2014).

Italian Wine Unplugged (Positive Press, 2017), p.164