A guide to Sicily’s native grape varieties

Sicily's native grapes
Nerello Cappuccio harvest on Mount Etna, Sicily.

It seems hard to believe that Sicily was seen as the Italian answer to the New World in the early years of its wine renaissance: creamy Chardonnay and opulent international-style reds dominated the premium segment, while indigenous grapes were often relegated to bulk wine production.


Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores for 12 top wines from native Sicilian grapes


The situation has radically changed in recent years, and although international grapes may still be widespread on the island, the newfound interest in native varieties has fostered the rediscovery of regional identity.

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