The refined elegance of a Firriato Etna DOC

Cavanera Bianco

Etna DOC - Contrada Verzella

Carricante, Catarratto

Cavanera Ripa di Scorciavacca is a Bianco Etna DOC cru that encapsulates in its intense and refined bouquet the aromas and complexity of a unique terroir in the field of Sicilian viticulture—the Etna Volcano. This land of harsh high mountainside winters and lush vines grown in full sunlight gives an elegant Firriato white, a union of Carricante and Catarratto. This single vineyard is the object of meticulous care due to the special microclimate that it enjoys. The ‘young’ soils are particularly fertile due to the presence of a high concentration of nutrients. This, together with the farming practices of leaf removal and promotion of the vines’ strength give the wine a decisive character, with a balanced acidity and softness and an extraordinary potential longevity.

Cavanera Ripa di Scorciavacca is a Bianco Etna DOC cru that encapsulates in its intense and refined bouquet the aromas and complexity of a unique terroir in the field of Sicilian viticulture—the Etna Volcano. This land of harsh high mountainside winters and lush vines grown in full sunlight gives an elegant Firriato white, a union of Carricante and Catarratto.


  • Appellation: Etna DOC
  • Vine:  Carricante, Catarratto
  • Terroir: mountain
  • Soil: volcanic soils , highly draining
  • Exposure: sud (from 600 to 750 mt. a.s.l)
  • Contrada Verzella
SENSORIAL PROFILE & WINEMAKING
SENSORIAL PROFILE & WINEMAKING

Production Area

Etna – Contrada Verzella

Located in the northeastern part of Volcanic Etna, Contrada Verzella experiences generally low winter temperatures, with significant temperature variations between day and night. This unique climate of the soil and the environment enhances the complexity of the fragrances found in the grapes.

About wine

Cavanera Ripa di Scorciavacca

Federico Lombardo di Monte Iato, Firriato’s Marketing & Communications Manager, tells us about Cavanera Ripa di Scorciavacca Contrada Verzella, a “district” white wine on the slopes of the highest active volcano in Europe. Characterized by a predominant part of Carricante, a native white grape variety of Etna, and a small part of Carricante, the Cavanera Ripa di Scorciavacca is a splendid expression of Etna viticulture and brings with it all the scents and organoleptic components typical of the terroir Etna.

THE WINE IN 3 WORDS: Mineral, fresh, powerful.

CURIOSITY: We define it as “district wine” as it is produced from a Crù, from a specific vineyard located in the Verzella district on the northern side of the volcano. The vineyard from which it comes has an average age of around 80 years.

Cavanera Ripa di Scorciavacca

A mountain climate in the Mediterranean climate zone

Cavanera on Etna is a unique cultivation environment within Sicily. The interaction between the mountain climate that defines Etna, the estate’s sunlight levels at 600-900 metres altitude, and the dark soils of volcanic origin, determines the high temperature difference between day and night.  The rich soil skeleton of the volcanic earth allows the vines’ roots to penetrate deep down, naturally favouring the plants’ strength. The Catarratto and Carricante grapes that grow on Etna are distinguished by their sensory complexity and elegant minerality. Among the farming practices used in the Ripa di Scorciavacca vineyard Firriato uses the procedure of leaf removal on the vines. Practices such as this in the vineyard, favour the full ripening and the concentration of aromas in the grapes. The combination of these unique conditions goes to produce a wine that is the complete and natural embodiment of such an incomparable landscape.

CAVANERA BIANCO RIPA DI SCORCIAVACCA

The characteristics of vintages

CAVANERA RIPA DI SCORCIAVACCA

Awards

Paired with

Tagliolino (noodles) with red Mazara prawn tartar and seasonal truffle flakes

Prepare the butter base, mixing the salted butter and normal butter by melting it in a pan. Add the black truffle flakes and leave to flavor in the fridge for about 24 hours.

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