The red grape comes from the island Sicily
). Synonyms are Vespalora and Vesparola. With the white variety Carricante
with the synonym Catanese Bianco it is not a color mutation
, The medium to late ripening vine is susceptible to Botrytis
, The name derives from the northeastern province of Catania, where it may have its exact origin. But today it is grown in the three western provinces of Agrigento, Palermo and Trapani and used exclusively as a blend for mainly rose wines. The acreage in 2000 was 80 hectares.
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012