Grape Guide: Frappato
Frappato is a red grape variety found predominantly on the eastern side of Sicily. It generally produces light, fruity wines with distinctive notes of strawberry and raspberry. For many years it was considered a poor quality grape for its lack of body, yet in recent years quality focussed producers such as Ariana Occhipinti and Azienda COS have started to show the the variety a little more respect and cultivate it with a premium wine in mind.
The best wines are planted around the town of Vittoria in south east Sicily and combine notes of strawberry and sour cherry with plenty of refreshing acidity. Sometimes the wines will stand a small amount of wood ageing but they are likely best when left to demonstrate the variety's natural fruity character.
Recommended producers: Ariana Occhipinti | Azienda COS