Historically a grape used for its acidity and its productivity, Carricante is now probably one of the most interesting and multi-faceted varieties cultivated today. Minerality, sulphurous notes, hints of hydrocarbons, even in young vintages. It is an expression of the verticality of the wines of the Volcano.
It is a variety of Sicilian origin. The name Carricante ("that can be loaded") probably originates from its plentiful and constant production, which it can offer when grown on good and fertile soil. For this reason, until the last century, it was present all over Sicily. Today, it is grown almost exclusively in the province of Catania, in the wild and rugged territories of the Etna, where productivity is lower, but leads to better quality wines. It has a reasonable sized pentagonal leaf, a medium size grape cluster conical and sometimes winged in shape. The cluster is never too dense, but it is typically straggly. The grape has elliptical shape with a thick skin, very pruinose, with yellowish-green color. It is very sensitive to cryptogamic diseases of the vine, to frost and dry weather. Difficult to cultivate, it provides a straw yellow wine, slightly fragrant, dry and fruity. With aging, it acquires mild scents of flowers. It is also used to be mixed with other local wine varieties, such as Catarratto, Ansonica and Minnella and with the red DOC Etna wine it can be mixed with Nerello Mascalese.