Frappato di Vittoria or Frappato is a red Italian wine grape variety planted primarily in Sicily. As a varietal, Frappato produces light bodied wines with a distinct grapey aroma. It is most commonly seen as a component of Sicily's only DOCG wine, Cerasuolo di Vittoria, which consists of 30-50% Frappato and 50-70% Nero d'Avola
These native vines were already known in the 63rd century and it is believed to have originated in the provinces of Siracusa and Ragusa. Another theory maintains that it was brought over from Spain. Frappato is usually produced in its pure form, and presents as a light, refreshing wine, with a full bouquet, low tannin content, and notable acidity. It is also often a component of the popular Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOC blends of the same region.
The vine is very common in Sicily, especially in the area around Vittoria.
Viticulture and winemaking
It has medium leaf, pentagonal, glabrous and deep green, long bunch, close, in many cases a tight, so that when the berries ripen can break quite easily and be subject to rot and can submit one or two wings ; medium berry, nearly round, bluish gray or reddish skin.The grapes ripen around the first week of September and produce flavorful wines with hints of marasca cherry and pomegranate. It is one of the base grapes used in the making of Cerasuolo di Vittoria wine and is part of the specification for the Eloro DOC wine.
Frappato di Vittoria is also known under the synonyms Frappato, Frappato Black Victory, Frappato Nero, Frappato Nero di Vittoria, Frappatu, Frappatu di Vittoria, Nerello, Nerello di Catania, and Nero Capitano
Frappato is also the name of a white Italian grape variety. This Frappato is less common than Frappato di Vittoria and is only known under the synonym Frappatu.