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CARJCANTI is a blend of native Carricante and Albanello, autochthonous white grapes which have been cultivated for centuries on Mount Iblea in the province of Ragusa.
VIGNA CAMPO on which the grapes for CARJCANTI are grown is located in Val Canzeria at 400 meters above sea level in the commune of Chiaramonte Gulfi (Ragusa) in southeastern Sicily. Canzeria is the original Arab name meaning "place of the wild boars." Campo vineyard is spread over about 1,5 hectares with planting distances of 1,20 meters between rows and 1,0 meters between plants along the rows. The Carricante was grafted from graft 41/b, selected as the best of the vines of Etna The climate in is temperate Mediterranean distinguished by wide-ranging temperatures. The soil is calcareous and moderately clayish. The vineyard was planted in 1999 with a planting density is 9000 vines per hectare.
STORAGE METHOD: horizontal in a cool place at a constant temperature not exceeding 18°C
Accompaniments: The lively tartness and prevalent sensation of Mediterranean herbs suggest serving it alongside the more "difficult" fishes, namely mollusks and shellfish. It is also intriguing as an accompaniment to pasta and risotto dishes made with tender fragrant vegetable, optimally topped with fresh cheeses
Carricante, indigenous white grape variety is cultivated almost exclusively on Etna and in a very small quantity in eastern Sicily. The name was supposedly given by viticulturists of Viagrande (Catania) who selected it several hundred years ago. This vine falls into the category of recognized "Etna Whites." Its cultivation is widespread in the region of Etna where yields are greatest, with only a small quantity cultivated alongside other varieties in the provinces of Caltagirone and Ragusa. When cultivated ad alberello this grape matures late. Late maturation is the key to producing important white wines of unexpected structure and longevity predominated by aromas of apple, orange blossom and anise with a typical taste and pleasant tartness.
Albanello is an ancient white grape variety cultivated in the provinces of Ragusa and Syracuse now risks extinction. At one time it was used for prominent fortified wines such as Mendola and Pulliat. Giovanni Briosi (1879) said of this grape, "The Albanello is not greatly appreciated in the trade, especially not abroad, yet it can be used to make the best dry wine in all of Sicily." Two types of wine were made from Albanello; one dry produced with grapes harvested slightly before complete maturation and one sweet for which grapes were left to dry both on the vine and in bunches in the sun for seven to eight days .