Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG is a red wine produced in the south-eastern part of Sicily, born and developed around the city of Vittoria. The initial part of its name - Cerasuolo - comes from to the typical cherry red color that distinguishes it.
It was born from the union of two important native vines: Nero d'Avola and Frappato. The first is probably the main local black grape variety in the oenological area, known for its great organoleptic and color structure, while the latter, much less colorful than the first, helps to refine the wine with its tannic and fresh intake.
The fortune of this wine - when it was not yet called Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG - was born in the seventeenth century, when Vittoria Colonna Henriquez, Countess of Modica, founded the city that bears her name. Since then and until the nineteenth century the territory recorded a huge economic growth, thanks to the incentive of the cultivation of the vine, supported by an impressive conversion of crops and flourishing trades throughout the Mediterranean Sea. At the end of the nineteenth century, the economic crisis following the epidemic of Fillossera marked the turning point that contributed to transform a mass production, destined mainly to the cutting of other wines, into a production of specialization and quality, characterized by a title more moderate alcohol (but still 13%), a less intense color and a finer, fragrant and fresh organoleptic profile.
Its vineyards embroider the landscape from the flat coastal to the hilly hinterland, reaching an altitude of about 350 m. The soils are calcareous, mainly sandy and clayey. The climate is Mediterranean, with arid summers and mild winters.
The color is intense ruby red, with garnet reflections in aged wines. On the nose, clear floral and fruit hints emerge, such as cherry and strawberry. The taste is dry, soft, bodied, tannic, quite fresh.
Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG is a red wine for great occasions. It goes very well with Sicilian dishes, especially with elaborate and spicy meat dishes. Interesting also in combination with grilled fish.
- region: Sicily
- provinces: Caltanissetta, Catania, Ragusa
- municipalities: Acate, Butera, Caltagirone, Chiaramonte Gulfi, Comiso, Gela, Licodia Eubea, Mazzarino, Mazzarone, Niscemi, Ragusa, Riesi, Santa Croce Camerina, Vittoria
- Cerasuolo di Vittoria
- Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico
- Nero d'Avola 50-70%
- Frappato 30-50%
- grapes: 80 quintals/hectare
- wine: 52 hectoliters/hectare
- Cerasuolo di Vittoria: 7 months
- Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico: 17 months
- 13,0% (all typologies)
- temperature: 16°C / 61°F
- glass: medium wine glass
- longevity: 2-5 years