Caruso & Minini
The Caruso & Minini winery is located in the western corner of Sicily, between Marsala and Mazara del Vallo. Even though we are right next to the coast, the wine plots rise 200-450 meters above sea level. The vineyards covering 120 hectares produce not only several grape varieties typical of the region, but also foreign and less known variants. White varieties include Inzolia, Catarratto, Grecanico, Grillo, Chardonnay, Moscato Bianco, Zibibbo and Viogner, and reds Nero d'Avola, Perricone, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The soil is a mixture of sand and clay with up to a third of limestone. The climate follows a fairly typical climate of the Mediterranean region: winters are mild and with relatively little rain, while summers are dry and hot. In the summer months, the temperature differences between times of the day can be up to 15 degrees. Despite the low rainfall and hot summer days, the vineyards are not watered.
The history of the Caruso & Minini farm goes back to the end of the 19th century, when Antonio Caruso bought lands affected by phylloxera to restart wine growing in the area. Antonio, who was convinced of the suitability of the area's environmental factors for the production of quality wines, started the business together with his son Francesco. The farm was slowly passed from one generation to another and today Stefano Caruso runs the farm together with his brothers Francesco and Roberto.
Stefano's daughter Giovanna is behind Caruso & Minin's organic wines. When the young winemaker inherited her grandparents' two vineyards, she decided to take the reins into her own hands: Giovanna started the conversion of the vineyards towards organic production and started making elegant single-variety organic wines.