The white grape variety comes from the island Sicily ( Italy ). Synonyms are Caricante, Caricanti, Carriccanti, Catanese Bianco, Catarratto alla Porta Bianca di Sicilia, Catarratto Amantidatu, Catarratto Mantellato, Catarrattu Scalugnatu, Catarrattu Scarugnatu, Iuvino, Nerello Cappuccio Faux and Nocera Bianca. It may, despite seemingly suggestive synonyms or morphological Similarities not with the variety Catarratto Bianco be confused. It is not a color mutation the red variety Nocera (with the synonym Carricante Nero). According to the year 2010 DNA analysis it comes from a presumably natural cross between Montonico Pinto x Scacco, She is a parent of the species Notary Domenico,
The late-ripening, high-yielding vine yields straw-colored, fresh white wines with varied aromas of oranges, grapefruit and anise, The name refers to the abundance of the variety (caricare = loaded, loaded). The variety is grown in the eastern part of the island mainly in the province of Catania. There she is among other things in the DOC wines Etna and Sicilia authorized. The acreage in 2010 was 205 hectares with falling trend; Ten years earlier, there were 252 hectares (Kym Anderson ).
Source : Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Pictures : MIPAAF - National Vine Certification Service