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Frappato di Vittoria
Grape (Vitis)
Color of berry skinNoir
SpeciesVitis vinifera
Also calledFrappato and other synonyms
Notable regionsSicily
Sex of flowersHermaphrodite
VIVC number4225

Frappato di Vittoria or Frappato is a red Italian wine grape variety[1] planted primarily in Sicily. As a varietal, Frappato produces light bodied wines with a distinct grapey aroma.[2] It is most commonly seen as a component of Sicily's only DOCG wine, Cerasuolo di Vittoria, which consists of 30-50% Frappato and 50-70% Nero d'Avola.[3]

An Italian study published in 2008 using DNA typing showed a close genetic relationship between Sangiovese on the one hand and ten other Italian grape varieties on the other hand, including Frappato. It is therefore likely that Frappato is a crossing of Sangiovese and another, so far unidentified, grape variety.[4]


Frappato di Vittoria is also known under the synonyms Frappato, Frappato Nero, Frappato Nero di Vittoria, Frappatu, Frappatu di Vittoria, Nerello, Nerello di Catania, and Nero Capitano.[1]


  1. ^ a b "FRAPPATO DI VITTORIA". Vitis International Variety Catalogue. Julius Kühn-Institut - Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants (JKI), Institute for Grapevine Breeding - Geilweilerhof (ZR). June 2018. Retrieved 2018-08-12.
  2. ^ J. Robinson Jancis Robinson's Wine Course Third Edition pg 139 Abbeville Press 2003 ISBN 0-7892-0883-0
  3. ^ "Cerasuolo di Vittoria the first and only D.O.C.G. in Sicily" (PDF). Planeta. Retrieved 2010-02-28.
  4. ^ ‘Sangiovese’ and ‘Garganega’ are two key varieties of the Italian grapevine assortment evolution, M. Crespan, A. Calò, S. Giannetto, A. Sparacio, P. Storchi and A. Costacurta, Vitis 47 (2), 97–104 (2008)