The red grape variety comes from Italy, Synonyms are Cassano, Castiglione, Mantiddatu Niuru, Nerello Cappuccio Mantellato, Nerello Mantellato, Nirello Cappuccio, Niureddu, Niureddu Ammatiddatu, Niureddu Capucciu, Zuchero Carmella and Zuchero et Cannella. Despite apparently indicative synonyms or morphological It must not be similar to the varieties Castiglione. Frappato. Nerello Mascalese or Perricone be confused. The part of the name Cappuccio (hood, hood) probably refers to the whitish coating that covers the grapes like a coat (mantello) (hence Nerello Cappuccio Mantellato). The medium to late ripening vine produces soft, moderately bright red wines with aromas of black fruits.
The variety is grown in the region Calabria mainly in the provinces of Reggio Calabria and Catanzaro, and in much larger quantities on the island Sicily mainly grown in the provinces of Catania and Messina. According to in 2008 DNA analysis it is often mixed there with up to five different unknown varieties, which makes it difficult to specify the quantity. It is mostly used with the more valuable variety Nerello Mascalese blended. It is approved in DOC wines Contea di Sclafani. Etna. Faro. Lamezia. Marsala. Monreale. Sant'Anna di Isola Capo Rizzuto. Savuto. Scavigna and Sicilia, In 2010, 508 hectares were registered with a rapidly decreasing trend (ten years earlier, there were 1,501 hectares).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Picture: Sicilia DOC Consortium