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Red Sicilians

sicilian red wine

Nero d'Avola

Sicily’s best know red wine. The name refers to the town of Avola in the province of Syracuse. Pronounce as: neh-ro ‘ da voh la

This wine is the basis for the renowned Cerasuolo di Vittoria. Nero d’Avola is now grown all over Sicily. Hence the diversity of the final product. 

red Sicilian wine: nero d'avola grapes
red Sicilian wine: nerello grapes

Nerello Mascalese

This grape is typically linked to Mount Etna. As the matter of fact, it is the base for the Etna DOCs. 

Pronounce as: neh rel loh Mas kll ai seh

Harvest well in autumn (late October) it tends to have a high alcoholic content.

Nerollo Mascalese indisputably translates the terroir. It is a wine that stores remarkably well.


The red Frappato is home in the provinces of Ragusa and Syracuse. With Vittoria as its capital. 

Pronounce as: Frah paa tow

Ruby, with aromas of red fruits and flowers. Well balanced tannins, fresh and harmonic in taste.


frappato grapes
red Sicilian wine: perricone grapes


Perricone is especially grown on the Sicilian West coast. Palermo and Trapani.

Pronounce as: Peh Reh Coo neh

Maybe a lesser know variety. Yet interesting and worth exploring. A complex wine with smooth tannins and a fresh structure


This antique red variety, Nocera, is home in the province of Messina. To a lesser extend in Catania, Syracuse and Ragusa. 

Pronounce as: Noh che rah

An interesting fact about this rich red wine is the tartness. Even fully ripened it does not lose this characteristic. Making Nocera an easily recognisable and pleasant wine.

red Sicilian wine: Nocera grapes

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