Soft and harmonious to the palate, Gracanico is highly regarded and prized among oenophiles and producers alike for its strong bouquet and the ease with which it can be used to cut other Sicilian wines, specifically the Catarratto and Inzolia, resulting in a rich, elevated flavor.
One of the most cultivated grapes on the entire island, Sicilian Chardonnay is grown on both the western and eastern coasts, where the hot sun and the oak barrel aging process produce a wine that is golden in color and buttery in texture, with hints of vanilla.
A principal grape indigenous to the province of Trapani on the Western coast of Sicily, the robust Catarratto grape has produced a family of quality clones, including Catarratto Ammantiddatu, Catarratto Fimminedda, Catarratto Bagascedda, and Catarratto Mattu, and has been given DOC designation in the wine territories of Marsala, Alcamo, and Monreale, among others.
The Carricante grape, particular to the Etna region of Eastern Sicily, grows primarily in areas of higher elevation to the east and south of the volcano, at950 to 1,050 meters above sea level. Somewhat contradictorily, this white grape is noted for both its high acidity content and a low pH level, contributing to a remarkable longevity. Carricante is also one of the Etna Rosso D.O.C. grapes