The red grape variety comes from the island of Sicily(Italy). Synonyms are Frappato di Vittoria, Frappato Nero, Frappato Nero di Vittoria, Frappatu, Frappatu di Vittoria, Nerello, Nerello di Catania, Nero Capitano and Surra. It must not be confused with the varieties Gaglioppo (with which it is closely related), Nerello Cappuccio or Nerello Mascalese, even though synonyms or morphological similarities may appear to indicate this. The medium to late ripening vine is susceptible to botrytis. It produces rather light-coloured, fresh red wines with fruity strawberry aromas. The variety was first mentioned i1760 in the province of Ragusa in southern Sicily, where it is still mainly cultivated today. There it is mostly used as a blend with other varieties like Nero d'Avola. It is authorised in the DOC/DOCG wines Alcamo, Cerasuolo di Vittoria, Eloro, Erice, Menfi, Sicilia and Vittoria. In 2016, 580 hectares of vineyards were designated in Italy (Kym Anderson).
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