Frappato comes from a Mediterranean Island getting more and more attention: Sicily. Unlike Nero d’Avola though, Frappato’s name is rarely seen on export labels. Partly because light-bodied and low tannin, Frappato is mostly used in blends such as the Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG, where Nero d’Avola provides the ripe dark fruit, colour and tannins. However Frappato’s expressive characters of grape, berry and cherry provide a charming brightness crucial to this beloved style - Cerasuolo means ‘cherry-like’. As excitement rises around Sicily’s silkier, more sophisticated traditions - like Etna Rosso - perhaps Frappato’s beaujolais-like prettiness may yet be properly appreciated abroad.
Currently we're sold out of Frappato but you could check Pinot Noir for a nice alternative. Happy hunting!