You are using an old browser that may not function as expected. For a better, safer browsing experience, please upgrade your browser.

Log in Become a Member


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).

Voices of our members

Roman Horvath MW

wein.plus is a handy, efficient guide to a quick overview of the colourful world of wines, winegrowers and grape varieties. In Wine lexicon, the most comprehensive of its kind in the world, you will find around 24,000 keywords on the subject of grape varieties, wineries, wine-growing regions and much more.

Roman Horvath MW
Domäne Wachau (Wachau)

The world's largest Lexicon of wine terms.

25,937 Keywords · 46,878 Synonyms · 5,325 Translations · 31,272 Pronunciations · 181,248 Cross-references
made with by our author Norbert F. J. Tischelmayer. About the Lexicon