As a contributor of 30-50% to the famous Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG, this red variety is used as a softening agent when mixed with Nero d’Avola (50-70%). Frappato vines are believed to have originated in Ragusa, in the countrysides surrounding Vittoria and Syracuse, but they are also found in the province of Trapani. The grapes are described as medium-sized, round-oval in shape, and grouped into compact, triangular bunches. They thrive in hot, dry climates on red sandy-calcareous soils.
Formerly known as Surra or Nero Capitano, Frappato grapes are known for their light-colored wines, which are often compared to Sangiovese. Aside from Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG, Frappato is also incorporated into Eloro DOC and many IGT wines, but it is not often produced as a monovarietal wine. These wines give aromas of strawberry, herbs, violet and fresh, juicy flavors. They are best drunk at a young age, and they pair well with complex fish dishes due to their characteristic medium body.