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Grape (Vitis)
Color of berry skinBlanc
SpeciesVitis vinifera
Also calledCatanese Bianco, Catarratto alla porta bianca di Sicilia, and other synonyms
Notable regionsSicily
Notable winesEtna DOC
Formation of seedsComplete
VIVC number2126

Carricante is a white grape variety indigenous to Sicily, Italy. This late-ripening vine is the main variety used in the Etna DOC. It is usually found blended with Catarratto and Minella bianca. As a varietal wine, Carricante produces a fresh, straw-yellow, lightly fragrant white wine. The name Carricante comes from the Italian caricare (to load, to burden), in reference to the variety's heavy yields. It is not related to the variety Nocera, which is sometimes called Carricante nero.[1][2] Carricante is grown at high altitudes on Mount Etna relative to other grapes, growing at around 950 meters above sea level on the eastern slopes and at 1,050 meters on the southern slopes. Wines made from it tend to be high in total acidity with a low pH and have traditionally been subject to malolactic fermentation.[3]


Carricante is also known under the synonyms Carricanti, Catanese Bianco, Catarratto alla porta bianca di Sicilia, Catarratto amantidatu, Catarratto Mantellato, Catarratto Scalugnatu, Catarratto Scarugnatu, Nocera Bianca.[4]

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  1. ^ "Learn About Wine Grapes Catarratto Carricante blend - Berry Bros. & Rudd". www.bbr.com. Retrieved 2017-09-08.
  2. ^ Asimov, Eric (2016-07-14). "From Etna and the Salty Sea, a White of Great Potential". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-09-08.
  3. ^ D'Agata, Ian (2014). Native Wine Grapes of Italy. University of California Press. p. 234-5. ISBN 978-0-520-27226-2.
  4. ^ "CARRICANTE". Vitis International Variety Catalogue VIVC. Julius Kühn-Institut - Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants (JKI), Institute for Grapevine Breeding - Geilweilerhof (ZR). August 2017. Retrieved 2017-09-12.