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Nerello cappuccio

The red grape comes from Italy. Synonyms are Cassano, Castiglione, Lacrima, Mantiddatu Niuru, Nerello Cappuccio Mantellato, Nerello Mantellato, Nirello Cappuccio, Niureddu, Niureddu Ammatiddatu, Niureddu Capucciu, Uva Antica Nera, 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) refers to the whitish coating that covers the grapes like a coat (mantello) (hence the Nerello Cappuccio Mantellato). The medium to late ripening vine produces soft, moderately bright red wines with aromas of black fruits.

Nerello cappuccio - grape and leaf

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 grown mixed with up to five different unknown varieties there, which makes it difficult to determine the quantity. It is mostly used with the more valuable variety Nerello Mascalese blended. It is approved in the DOC wines Contea di Sclafani, Etna, Faro, Lamezia, Marsala, Monreale, Sant'Anna di Isola Capo Rizzuto, Savuto, Scavigna and Sicilia. In 2010, 508 hectares with a declining trend were reported (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

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