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The red grape variety comes from the island Sicily ( Italy ). Synonyms are Frappato di Vittoria, Frappato Nero, Frappato Nero di Vittoria, Frappatu, Frappatu di Vittoria, Nero, Nerello di Catania, Nero Capitano and Surra. It may, despite seemingly suggestive synonyms or morphological Similarities do not match the varieties Gaglioppo. Nerello Cappuccio or Nerello Mascalese according to 2013 DNA analysis it comes from a supposedly natural cross between Gaglioppo x unknown partner (previously falsely became a Parent-offspring relationship with the variety Sangiovese supposed). However, this is based on only 20 DNA markers (see under molecular Genetics ).

Frappato - grape and leaf

The medium to late ripening vine is prone to Botrytis, It produces rather light colored, fresh red wines with fruity strawberry aromas. The variety was first mentioned in 1760 in the province of Ragusa in the south of Sicily, where it is still mainly cultivated today. There it is mostly used as a blend with other varieties Nero d'Avola used. She is in the DOC / DOCG wines Alcamo. Cerasuolo di Vittoria. Eloro. Erice. Sicilia and Vittoria authorized. In 2010, 752 hectares of vines were declared in Italy (Kym Anderson ).

Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Pictures: MIPAAF - National Vine Certification Service

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