Catarratto is the most common white grapes in Sicily, it gives a wine with peculiarities that are very influenced by the terroir.
(vineyard grapes catarratto)
Catarratto matures in the first decade of September and givese a wine with pecularities that are very influenced by the terroir, the altitude and the breeding sistem. Four vaiety of it exist: "comune", "lucido spargolo", "lucido serrato", "extra lucido".
The bunch has a conical shape and the grape, with a golden yellow color, is spherical or egg-shaped. Usually the harvest oh the Catarratto is abundant even if it can be attached by diseases. The breeding sistem is the "alberello" and the vines are far-between.
(bunches of grapes catarratto)
This variety has positive peculiarities that international grapes don’t have if cultivated in the sicilian terroir: it doesn’t lose the acidity quickly in the last part of the maturation and so it doesn’t create high concentrations of sugars.
Catarratto is part of a family of grapes that in 1969 was described by Francesco Cupani, author of the "Hortus catholicus". Today the "lucido serrato" variey represents the 80% of the sicilian Catarratto. The wines obtained by the Catarratto have a yellow color with different shades and a pleasant bouquet, especially if young.
Added the 29 June 2008 in Ampelography