Frappato | Red wine grape native to Italy. It is one of Sicily’s oldest grape varieties, long associated with areas around Vittoria and Syracuse in the province of Trapani.

Wines | Sicily: Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG. | Eloro DOC.

Viticulture | Frappato is well suited to hot and dry conditions. Red sandy-calcareous soil is the best for giving refined fragrant wines.

Wine style | Frappato has a light, unstable color (often pale red in color) due to its anthocyanin make-up, as well as low tannin and moderate alcohol. Fresh and juicy, this medium-bodied wine is fragrant with notes of strawberry, violet, broom and dried herbs. It is particularly pleasurable when served lightly chilled.

Wine styles | Frappato produces still dry red blends as well as IGP varietal wines. In southeastern Sicily, its traditional blending partner is Nero d’Avola (aka Calabrese) for making Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG.

Bibliography

Italian Wine Unplugged (Positive Press, 2017), p.102.