Catarratto Orange 2019

Agricola Vira' • 750ml

$26.95

Vira' Catarratto Orange 2019 is a skin contact (orange) natural wine made from 100% Catarratto grapes that grow on clay and calcareous soils in Sicily. The grapes undergo spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts and maceration with the skins for a few days. Vira' Catarratto Orange is bottled unfiltered, unfined and with minimal added sulfites at bottling.

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Why You Should Try It

The Wine: Catarratto Orange 2019

Vira' Catarratto Orange 2019 is a skin contact (orange) natural wine made from 100% Catarratto grapes that grow on clay and calcareous soils in Sicily. The grapes undergo spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts and maceration with the skins for a few days. Vira' Catarratto Orange is bottled unfiltered, unfined and with minimal added sulfites at bottling.

The Producer: Agricola Vira'

Agricola Vira is an organic farm and vineyard located on the North-West side of Sicily, in Park Madonie, between the towns of Cefalu and Gratteri, which extends into the beautiful and lush countryside of Contrada Suro. The vineyard varieties are both native (Catarratto and Nero d'Avola) and international (Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon). The altitude of 400 meters above sea level, the mild climate, and proximity to the sea all contribute to the unique characteristics of the terroir.

The Region: Sicily

Sicily is Italy’s biggest island and also its biggest region. It’s separated from the mainland by the Strait of Messina (Stretto di Messina). The capital of Sicily is Palermo, a majestically decadent multicultural city offering one of the richest culinary traditions in Italy.

Sicily’s history and culture are fascinating, to say the least. Their complexity is manifest in the diverse architecture of its cities. All over the region and particularly in Palermo we can find Arab, Greek, Roman, and Spanish influences in the layout of the city as well as in the food and local language.

Sicily is the third biggest producing country in Italy, behind Veneto and Tuscany. The quality of Sicilian wines has increased steadily over the past 30 years. Some international grape varietals - mainly chardonnay and syrah - have found a place in Sicilian viticulture, traditionally dominated by native varietals such as Nero d’Avola, Catarratto, Grillo, and Inzolia.



The Terroir of Sicily

Sicily proximity to Northern Africa and position right at the center of the Mediterranean reflect deeply on its climate. Endless sunshine, moderate rainfalls, and good aeration characterize pretty much the whole region with minor seasonal variations. Palm trees and other tropical plants and fruits are a fairly common sight in Sicily all year round.

Among the several benefits of this climate one stands out: in Sicily, grapes can grow without being imperiled by mildew, rot, or any other disease brought by too much humidity. Sicilian grapes are generally speaking naturally healthy, hence the substantial number of certified organic or biodynamic wineries.


The Red Wines of Sicily

The most widely planted red grape varietal in Sicily is Nero d'Avola, which accounts for about 20% of the total regional wine production. Frappato is another prominent red varietal, used to make the only DOCG wine in Sicily, Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG.

Less common but typical of Sicily are Alicante, similar to Grenache, Nocera, and Perrone, often blended with Nero d'Avola. On the slopes of the active volcano Mount Etna, Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio are key red grape varietals in the popular Etna DOC appellation.


The White Wines of Sicily

Marsala and Passito di Pantelleria are perhaps the most famous Sicilian white wines, although their popularity has been waning over the years in favor of dry and refreshing white wines made from native varietals Inzolia and Grillo are fairly easy to find in the United States and generally very good.

In a similar way to Umbria, the Central Italian region known for the red tannic wine Sagrantino di Montefalco, Chardonnay has found its place also in Sicily. Chardonnay from Sicily can vary in quality depending on the producer.

On Primal Wine we sell one of the few 100% Chardonnay vinified with extended skin-contact in the style of an Orange Wine made by the excellent Marabino winery from organically farmed grapes.

Shipping & Returns

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Return Policy

If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please contact us at (424) 414-2040 or via e-mail at hello@primalwine.com between 9 am and 5 pm Pacific Standard Time, Monday through Sunday, we would like to understand and try to solve your concerns.

We may make arrangements for a return and refund if appropriate, and only after we receive unopened products back to our warehouse.