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Nerello Cappuccio grapes

by | Jan 27, 2017

Nerello Cappuccio is considered as a dark-skinned variety of red wine grape that mainly hails from Sicily.

Nerello Cappuccio

This red wine grape is mostly known for its application in the famous red wines of Etna as well as Faro. This grape variety is rarely seen in the varietal wines and thus mostly used as a blending grape variety.

This grape variety plays as the second fiddle to its cousin grape variety known as Nerello Mascalese. The latter grape variety is referred to as a superior grape variety than the former one.

Nevertheless, Nerello Cappuccio is used in the production of the wines that are soft and rich as to their appearance.

The presence of this red wine grape variety could be encountered in the volcanic soils of the region of Mount Etna, most specifically at the higher most altitudes.

The combination of soils and the climatic conditions in this particular region contribute to the elegance and structure in the wines prepared out of these grapes.

The grapes of this variety ripen earlier than its counterpart and at the same time it buds very early. Talking about the vulnerability of the grapes, they are very much susceptible to spring frost and therefore it could be an issue sometimes.

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However, this grape variety is also capable of reaching the acidity of higher than average and comprises of a good level of tannin. Hence, all these factors make it a good choice for vilification.

This red wine grape variety is considered as one of the ancient grape varieties of the wonderful area of Etna in Sicily. The wines of this red wine grape variety are the most famous wines among the locals there.

Over the last few years, this red wine grape variety has been facing various chances of extinction. This red wine grape variety is also known under a number of synonyms such as Negrello as well as Niureddu.

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The exact origin of this red wine grape variety is very much disputed. There is no evidence that has been recorded to prove the exact origin of this red wine grape variety.

Probably, it is believed that it entertained its origin from the plain of Catania and after that it spread into the area of Messina.

This grape variety is also believed to be passed the Strait and to be reached the Calabrian coasts. The history of this red wine grape variety is full of ups and downs, just like the story of its place of origin.

This grape variety almost met a dead end and it is because of the intrepid winemakers who collectively decided to grow it again in the ancient zones in between 350 and 900 meters of heights above the level of the sea, on the very eastern slope of Mount Etna.


As a result of the high levels of the anthocyans as well as the low levels of the proanthocyanidins, the production of the red wines produced out of this grape are very splendid as to their overall appearance.

However, these wines are not very much suitable to extreme ageing. The wines produced out of this red wine grape variety entertains very cryptic and subtle notes, along with the essence of wood and the sparkles of vanilla.

These wines also comprise of some floral notes mainly similar to those present in cherry. The floral hints of the wines produced out of this red wine grape variety are very subtle and soft.

The perfumes present in the wines produced out of this red wine grape variety is also very evocative in some of the cases and these perfumes are sometimes linked to the perfumes of the wines of Barolo as well as Burgundy.

Overall, the wines produced out of this red wine grape variety are considered as rich and tasteful wines with amazing flavors.

This is the reason why this red wine grape variety is also used in the preparation of various DOCs such as Lamezia, Capo Rizzuto, Sant’Anna di Isola as well as Savuto.

Food pairing

The wines produced out of this red wine grape variety taste their best when they are paired with the food items such as Pizza Margherita, Sirloin steak with garlic butter as well as seared tuna loin.


Michael Bredahl

Michael Bredahl

Editor-in-Chief and Wine Writer

Michael is an online enthusiast, with a lot of knowledge about online marketing. Traveling around the world to hunt for the perfect wine. Latest on Sicily, where Etna has a huge impact on the taste, which is strong with a bitter aftertaste for the youngest wines, but older wines are fantastic. Drinking wine, and writing about them, are one the passions. Remember to drink responsibly 🙂

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