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The white grape variety originates from the island of 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 must not be confused with the variety Catarratto Bianco, despite seemingly suggestive synonyms or morphological similarities. It is not a colour mutation of the red variety Nocera (with the synonym Carricante Nero). According to DNA analyses carried out in 2010, it comes from a presumably natural cross between Montonico Pinto x Scacco. It is a parent of the variety Notardomenico. The late-ripening, high-yielding vine yields straw-coloured, fresh white wines with diverse aromas of oranges, grapefruit and aniseed. The name refers to the variety's high yield (caricare = to load up, to load up). The variety is grown in the east of the island, mainly in the province of Catania. There, it is permitted in the DOC wines Etna and Sicilia, among others. In 2016, 35 hectares of vineyards were designated with a strong downward trend (Kym Anderson).

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