Perricone is a red wine grape native to Italy. Perricone has always been used (and still is today) to make ruby Marsala on the island of Sicily (Sicilia).

Where grown: Sicilia: it is now planted mostly around the cities of Trapani and Marsala. Mono- varietal examples are rare, but the DOC wines Contea di Sclafani, Delia Nivolelli, Eloro, and Monreale can be 100% Perricone.

Viticulture: Perricone has medium sized bunches with medium-large round berries. It is a very vigorous variety, good but irregular productivity. Not very disease resistant.

Wine style: Pleasant, medium-bodied and very fragrant wines. Often used to soften and increase the textural presence of Nero d’Avola wine.

Bibliography

Italian Wine Unplugged (Positive Press, 2017), p.197.