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Italian wine and grape guide : Frappato

Frappato

Frappato is a red grape variety present throughout Sicily but mainly in the province of Siracusa and Ragusa.

The grape is very ancient and the first evidence goes back to the 18th century. Its origin is unknown and seems to have been imported from the Iberian Peninsula. There two very similar varieties called Frappato, with rather elongated bunches and with very close berries with an intense red colour tending to violet.

Having the berries very close can damage the bunch, when the grapes are fully ripe, they press on each other causing the splitting of some of them resulting in the formation of mould.

Frappato wines tend to be fruity, smooth, with very little tannins and mixed with Nero d'Avola produces the Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG.

We do not stock any wine made with Frappato but we suggest you to try those made with Nero d’ Avola