All the freshness and minerality of the Volcano


DOC Etna

Catarratto, Carricante

Le Sabbie dell’Etna Bianco is a wine that is fully established in Firriato’s history. A label of the volcano’s pioneering oenology; it combines the qualities of Carricante and Catarratto—two vines that are symbolic of Etna’s viticultural tradition. The terroir is completely different from the rest of Sicily, with cold winters and less intense sunlight. The grapes here have slower ripening times and take on their fragrant aromas in a more linear way. Freshness and fragrance distinguish this wine together with its persistent tangy taste. Le Sabbie dell’Etna Bianco bewitches the senses with its aromas and flavour. The volcanic soil characterised by its high drainage capacity gives the grapes, and therefore the wine, a unique minerality enriched by the aromatic profile of Carricante, which in vinification gives elegant nuances of white fruit; and the supporting structure of Catarratto.

  • Appellation: DOC  Etna
  • Vine:  Catarratto, Carricante
  • Terroir: Cavanera Etnea
  • Soil: loamy –sandy of volcanic origin, highly draining
  • Exposure: north-east ( 720  mt a.s.l)
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Production Area

Tenuta di Cavanera Etnea

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The Cavanera Etnea Estate is located on the north-eastern slope of the Volcano. It is an area characterised by its young, predominantly sandy loam soil, which has a high drainage capacity and mineral content, including phosphorous, magnesium and potassium.

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Etna and Carricante a thousand-year old union

The name Carricante most probably derives from the abundance of fruit the plant produces. Wine produced from Carricante grapes is particularly fine and soft; straw-yellow in colour it is ideal for blending with other more full-bodied and structured grape varieties like Catarratto. Etna Bianco DOC’s blend brings to the palate the precise nose of Carricante and the more complex structure of Catarratto, once again celebrating Firriato’s production philosophy: to produce wines with strong territorial identities.

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Paired with

Grilled Sea Bream with Mock Mayonnaise

Massage the boned sea bream fillets with extra virgin olive oil and leave to rest. Continue with the preparation of the mock mayonnaise: in the jug of a liquidiser add the oils, soy milk, celery leaves, parsley, and salt and pepper to taste. Blend until creamy. Serve in 4 ramekins. Cut the tomato in half and remove the seeds, dice. Scatter on the top of the mock mayonnaise in each ramekin.

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