• My name is Marilena Barbera
    and I am a winegrower.
    I live and make my wines in Menfi, Sicily.
  • Terroir

    Sea and wind, air and light,
    and the fascinating history of human civilization
    that has made Sicily the cradle of the Mediterranean culture.
  • Mission
    Organic farming, natural winemaking, and ethical business.

My wines

My wines

Making wine is my life choice.

When I got back to Sicily after years I had spent somewhere else, I found the vineyards and my father’s dream. I took his dream and made it mine.

To live here, to feel the energy of this beautiful though difficult land, trying to understand its essence and to capture its generous personality.

To be witness and guardian of terroir, preserving its integrity, absorbing its strength and richness, trying to transfer to my wines its profound and fascinating spirit.

No tricks, no frills. Just wine.

Winemaking rules

Winemaking rules

I make my wines praticticing organic farming and natural winemaking, while paying utmost respect to Menfi's terroir.

No herbicides or synthetic fertilisers are ever allowed in the vineyard, nor any other systemic farm chemicals that may alter the environment's health and its rich biodiversity.

At the winery, I chose to work only with spontaneous fermentations and to adopt non invasive winemaking practices, in order to respect the unique personality of Sicilian native grape varieties and the beautiful land to which they belong.

Menfi and its terroir

Menfi and its terroir

The uncontaminated deep blue sea, with its remarkable scenery of sandy dunes covered with dwarf palms and sea lilies.

The bright sunshine, the fresh breeze blowing from the ocean. Unforgettable landscapes of a beautiful valley that lies in the South-western part of Sicily, where the Belìce River gently flows into the sea.

A focused and sustainable viticulture, close to the amazing Greek ruins of Selinunte, where the Sican, Elymian and Phoenician heritage intertwined, giving birth to one of the richest cultures of the Mediterranean.

This is Menfi: sea and wind, air and light, and the fascinating history of human civilization. And this is what you find in my wines.

NEWS FROM THE BLOG

Between a road map and a winery notebook, a personal digital moleskine with notes on winemaking, tastings and events, people I meet, places I see: my everyday life in the wine world.

  • Italian wine appellations: what a DOC is

    Italian wine appellations: what a DOC is

    Italian DOCs (Appellations of Controlled Origin): what do they mean, what are their purposes, and why are they useful to recognize and understand wines produced in different regions?

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  • Ten years of wine

    Ten years of wine

    A new year, trying to take stock of the past ten years of my life.

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  • Wild yeast and the miracle of life

    Wild yeast and the miracle of life

    Wild yeast and spontaneous fermentations, which are today one of the key points of the natural wine movement, are linked to ancestral Mediterranean traditions that remain a source of culture and inspiration for many winegrowers all over the world.

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  • Weight of a wine bottle

    Weight of a wine bottle

    From a marketing point of view, packaging plays a fundamental role in the perceived value of wine, and marketers spend a lot of efforts in the design of bottles and labels.

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  • Inzolia: the Mediterranean queen

    Inzolia: the Mediterranean queen

    Known in Sicily by different names (Insolia, Ansolia, ‘Nzolia vranca), Inzolia is a white grape variety anciently brought by Greeks. It is also grown in Tuscany (Ansonica), and in different wine regions of the Western Mediterranean.

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  • Catarratto, classical Sicilian

    Catarratto, classical Sicilian

    Catarratto [KAH-tahr-RAT-toh] is one of the classic traditional white grape varieties of Sicily, and is considered to be one of the most antique.

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Photo album

Photo album

Instant photo shots from Sicily, my beautiful homeland: available on Flickr also in high resolution, easy to comment, download and share with friends.

About me

About me

My name is Marilena Barbera and I am a vintner. I live in Menfi, Sicily, where I make wine with my mother and the Cantine Barbera's crew.

Videogallery

Videogallery

Pictures and videos from the wine world: my YouTube channel with harvest stories, tastings, travels and meetings with very special people.

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