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Carricante is an ancient white wine grape variety from eastern Sicily. It is thought to have been growing on the volcanic slopes of Mt Etna for at least a thousand years. There are around 200 hectares (500 acres) of plantings on the island. Very few vines are found elsewhere. The variety is known for its marked acidity, and the high yields which gave rise to its name (carica means "load" in Italian).

Carricante is the key grape behind white wines made under the Etna DOC title. It is required in all of the denomination's white wines: 60 percent minimum in the standard Etna Bianco and 80 percent in Etna Bianco Superiore. The most common blending partner here is Catarratto, a variety for which Carricante is often confused. The variety is also permitted in the Sicilia DOC, Terre Siciliane IGP and a handful of other tiny IGP designations.

Synonyms include: Catanese Bianco, Catarratto.

Food matches for Carricante include:

  • Grilled white fish with lemon
  • Snapper cerviche
  • Fennel and apple coleslaw
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Tasca d’Almerita Buonora Etna Bianco

R 665.00

Tasca d’Almerita Buonora Etna Bianco is elegantly intense, featuring lemon zest, citrus, honeydew, white fruit, orange blossom hints, and subtle flint notes. Taut and vertical on the palate, with lively...