Bertolino Fuitina Terre Siciliane
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Region: Sicily, Italy
Viticulture: Organic and Sustainable
Grape variety: 100% Catarratto
Bertolino Fuitina Terre Siciliane smells of citrus fruits and Mediterranean herbs. The grapes see skin contact in open vessels for three days.
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About Bertolino Fuitina Terre Siciliane
Bertolino Fuitina Terre Siciliane smells of citrus fruits and Mediterranean herbs. The grapes are left with skin contact in open steel vessels for three days which makes it really nice for food. Fuitina fits perfectly with almost everything the Italian cuisine has to offer: Vegetables, fish, seafood, and not least pasta!
Azienda Agricola Bertolino was founded in 2017 thanks to the two Bertolino brothers who decide to restore the old family wine in Cataratto. The goal is to restore the pride of natural wine in the area of western Sicily. The vineyard is organically and biodynamically grown, and the work in the cellar is accurate and linked to the natural philosophy. The pair grow two indigenous grapes, Catarratto and Parpato, the latter thought to be a red grape not related to Frappato, but to Grenache or Carignan.
Catarratto is a grape variety from the island of Sicily, off the southern coast of Italy, and is mostly used in the production of light, easy-drinking white wines. Despite being grown almost exclusively in Sicily, it is one of Italy’s most commonly planted grape varieties, making up around 60 percent of the island’s total vineyard area.
Catarratto is permitted in Alcamo and Etna DOC wines, the latter blended with Carricante. It is also used widely in IGT wines, where less-stringent winemaking regulations let winemakers coax more from the grape. Here, it is blended with other varieties like Inzolia, Grillo, and Chardonnay, but occasionally shows up as a varietal wine.
Catarratto was long thought to be two distinct grape varieties, Catarratto Bianco Comune and Catarratto Bianco Lucido. DNA testing in 2008 suggested that the two are genetically identical and, instead of being separate varieties, they are in fact different clones of the same grape variety. There is some argument as to whether or not one is superior: both are high yielding, but Comune is used more often as bulk wine and is distinguished by a white bloom on the berries.
The same research suggested that Catarratto is probably a descendent of Garganega, the key white-wine grape variety in northeastern Italy’s Soave wines.