Caruso & Minini Eng
Caruso & Minini
The Caruso & Minini winery is situated in the western corner of Sicily, between Marsala and Mazara del Vallo. Even though the vineyards are right by the coast the vines grow at elevations of 200-400 meters. The 35ha of vineyards grow not only the local grape varieties expected of the region but also foreign and pretty much unknown varieties, too. The white varieties include Inzolia, Catarratto, Grecanico, Grillo, Chardonnay, Moscato Bianoc, Zibibbo and Viognier; the reds include Nero d’Avola, Perricone, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The soils are a mixture of sand and clay with up to a third being limestone. The climate is typically Mediterranean: winters are mild with relatively little rain, summers are dry and hot. During the summer months the differences between night and day temperatures can be 15 degrees Celsius. Despite little rains and hot summer days the vineyards are not irrigated.
Caruso & Minini’s history reaches back to the end of the 19th century when Antonio Caruso bought land devastated by phylloxera and revitalized vine growing in the area. Antonio, who was convinced by the environment and terroir that it would be suitable for quality wines, began the endeavor with his son Francesco. The property was passed generation to generation and is now run by Stefano Caruso together with his brothers Francesco and Roberto.
Stefano’s daughter Giovanna is behind a pair of organic wines made from Catarratto and Nero d’Avola. When the young winemaker inherited two vineyards from her grandparents she decided to take control into her own hands: Giovanna began converting the vineyards to organic production and made stylish varietal organic wines.