Carricante is an indigenous Sicilian Etna grape, seen also as a standard white grape which is included in most of the Etna wineries. Growing on the Etna slopes for at least over 1000 years. Carricante comes from the Italian word Caricare (Eng: to load) as it can produce large quantities of wine and is also a popular grape to use in blends, especially with Catarratto.
The grape ripens late and slow, a popular grape for Etna DOC wines. Harvested too early gives very high acidity. The wine is often pale yellow, aromas are fresh and lightly fruity often with notes of citrus and herbs. High acidity and low pH. Carricante is produced from 400 m.a.s.l. up to 1200 m.a.s.l. and above 450 m.a.s.l. the quantity decreases, but the quality increases.