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Carricante

Carricante is an Italian white wine grape variety, best known for its bright, acidic wines produced in the Mt. Etna region of Sicily. This variety is widely planted in the province of Catania and is the main component of the DOC Etna Bianco.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Carricante produces juicy, crisp wines with high acidity and moderate alcohol levels. Its berries have a pale yellow-green colour and it has a strong and distinctive aroma of apples, white flowers and citrus fruits. In terms of taste profile, Carricante wines are known for their citrus and mineral notes as well as their minerality.

Fresh Carricante grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Carricante is grown almost exclusively in the Mt. Etna region of Sicily. This variety flourishes in the Sicilian volcanic soils and is widely planted in the province of Catania, particularly on the slopes of Etna. Carricante is a hardy variety and is relatively easy to cultivate, as it can tolerate cold temperatures and requires minimal inputs. It ripens late and, if harvested too early, can result in a flabby and acidic wine. In terms of winemaking, this variety is usually blended with other white varieties, such as Grecanico and Catarratto, to produce full-bodied and complex wines. It is also used to make sparkling wines. In the Mt. Etna region, Carricante is used to make crisp and bright whites. These wines are usually light-bodied, with aromas of citrus, apples and white flowers and a refreshing mineral finish. It is also blended with other white varieties to create fuller-bodied and complex wines. Carricante is a versatile variety and pairs well with a variety of dishes, from seafood to salads and vegetable dishes. Its high acidity complements fatty and creamy dishes and its refreshing mineral notes make it a great match for fish and shellfish.

Foods to pair with Carricante:

Salad
Fish
Asian food
Light meat
Fun Fact about Carricante
Carricante literally means "loading up", it refers to the high productivity of the grape.

Top Wines with Carricante

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Planeta Carricante Metodo Classico Brut

Planeta

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Planeta Carricante Metodo Classico Brut is a sparkling wine that showcases the expertise of its producer. Crafted in the renowned appellation of Sicily, this wine is made from the Carricante grape variety, which thrives in the unique vineyard features of the region. The winemaking process involves the traditional metodo classico, where the wine undergoes a secondary fermentation in the bottle, resulting in fine bubbles and a delicate effervescence. The style of this wine is characterized by its crisp acidity, vibrant citrus flavors, and a mineral-driven profile. It is a perfect choice for those seeking a refreshing and elegant sparkling wine from Sicily.
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Tornatore Etna Bianco

Tornatore

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Tornatore Etna Bianco is a captivating white wine that showcases the unique terroir of Mount Etna in Sicily. It is one of the most popular white wines of Etna. Crafted by a renowned producer, this wine hails from the Etna appellation, known for its volcanic soil and high-altitude vineyards. The vineyard features steep slopes and mineral-rich soil, which impart distinct characteristics to the grapes. The winemaking process involves careful selection and gentle pressing of the indigenous Carricante grapes, followed by fermentation in stainless steel tanks to preserve the wine's freshness. The wine is then matured in old acacia and concrete vessels, adding to its complex character. The resulting wine is elegant and vibrant, with crisp acidity, delicate floral aromas, and flavors of citrus and stone fruits. Tornatore Etna Bianco is a true expression of the volcanic terroir, offering a unique and memorable drinking experience.
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Cusumano Alta Mora Etna Bianco

Cusumano

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Cusumano Alta Mora Etna Bianco is a captivating white wine that showcases the unique terroir of the Etna appellation in Sicily. Crafted by a renowned producer, this wine is made from grapes grown in high-altitude vineyards on the slopes of Mount Etna. The volcanic soil and cool climate contribute to the wine's distinct character, offering a vibrant and mineral-driven profile. The winemaking process involves careful selection of the grapes and fermentation in stainless steel tanks to preserve the wine's freshness and purity. With its elegant style and expressive flavors, Cusumano Alta Mora Etna Bianco is a delightful choice for those seeking a taste of the volcanic terroir in their glass.
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Firriato Le Sabbie dell’Etna Bianco

Firriato

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Firriato Le Sabbie dell'Etna Bianco is an exquisite white wine that embodies the unique volcanic terroir of Sicily's Mount Etna, Italy's most active volcano. Produced by Firriato, a winery renowned for its commitment to quality and innovation, this wine is a celebration of the indigenous grape varieties Carricante and Catarratto. The vineyards are strategically located on the slopes of Mount Etna, where the volcanic soil, rich in minerals, and the distinctive microclimate contribute to the development of grapes with intense aromatics and complex flavors. Firriato's meticulous vineyard management and sustainable practices ensure the preservation of the environment and the expression of the terroir. The winemaking process includes careful selection of grapes, gentle pressing, and fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, highlighting the wine's natural elegance and the volcanic influence on its character.
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Planeta Etna Bianco Contrada Taccione

Planeta

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Planeta Etna Bianco is a premium white wine produced by Planeta, a renowned winery in Sicily, Italy. The wine is made from grapes grown in the Etna appellation, which is known for its volcanic soil and high altitude vineyards. The unique terroir of the region imparts a distinct minerality and freshness to the wine. The grapes are hand-harvested and carefully selected before undergoing a gentle pressing and fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The resulting wine is crisp and refreshing, with notes of citrus, white flowers, and a hint of salinity. Planeta Etna Bianco is a perfect match for seafood dishes and light salads, making it a versatile and elegant choice for any occasion.
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