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Nerello Cappuccio

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 seemingly indicative synonyms or morphological She may not share similarities with the varieties Castiglione. Frappato. Nerello Mascalese or Perricone be confused. The name part Cappuccio (hood, hood) probably refers to the whitish coating that covers the grapes like a mantello (hence Nerello Cappuccio Mantellato). The medium to late-ripening vine yields soft, moderately bright red wines with aromas of black fruits.

Nerello Cappuccio - grape and leaf

The variety is in the region Calabria mainly in the provinces of Reggio Calabria and Catanzaro, as well as in much larger quantities on the island Sicily grown mainly in the provinces of Catania and Messina. According to done in 2008 DNA analysis It is often grown mixed with up to five different unknown varieties, which makes it difficult to quantify. It becomes mostly with the qualitatively more valuable kind Nerello Mascalese blended. She is admitted 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 were reported as sinking steeply (ten years earlier, there were 1,501 hectares).

Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Image: Sicilia DOC Consortium

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