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Carricante is a white grape varietal native of Mount Etna in Eastern Sicily in Southern Italy where it has been growing since before the Neolithic era. The grape's name comes from the Italian word for charged "carica" because of its tendency to grown in large bunches. It is the main component of the Etna Bianco DOC where it is usually blended with other native varietals Catarrato, Minella or Trebbiano. The Carricante grape produces wines with refreshing citrus aromas of lemon, lime, grapefruit and orange, herbal notes of mint and aniseed complimented by racing acidity, volcanic soil induced minerality as well as varying hints of salinity brought on by the pretty much constantly blowing breeze locally knows as "grecale". Depending on harvest time and vinification the grape can also exhibit tart green apple flavors or creamy honey notes.

If you are looking for varieties with similar characteristics to these wines please check out the wines of the Campania region by clicking here.

The best Carricante Grapes are grown Alberello style (to help control yields) on stone constructed terraces around the small town of Milo on the Easten Facade of Mount Etna, planted in the rich, dark and powdery volcanic soil which is why the Etna DOC Bianco Superiore, a higher level of quality with a minimum of 80 percent Carricante, can come from only Milo.
Carricante Grapes

Etna Bianco, made with a minimum of 60 percent carricante, can be produced throughout the Etna grape-growing regions.
These are the Etna Bianco DOC requirements:

Etna D.O.C. Bianco: Carricante (minimum 60%), Catarratto (no more than 40%). Can be included up to 15% other non-aromatic grapes like Minnella or Trebbiano.
Etna D.O.C. Bianco Superiore
: Carricante (minimum 80%), Catarratto or Minnella (no more than 20%). Grapes have to come exclusively from the Milo area