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]

Other grape varieties

Frappato is also the name of a white Italian grape variety.[5] This Frappato is less common than Frappato di Vittoria and is only known under the synonym Frappatu.


  1. ^ a b "Frappato di Vittoria". Vitis International Variety Catalogue. Retrieved 2010-01-30. 
  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)
  5. ^ "Frappato". Vitis International Variety Catalogue. Retrieved 2010-01-30.