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

Guide del Vino 2017 i vini premiati
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September: harvest is over, wine ratings are issued!

I am happy to announce the latest ratings and awards recently assigned to 4 of my wines by the main Italian and International Wine Guides.

I am not only very grateful to all the sommeliers, journalists and professional wine writers that have taken time to taste and review my wines, but also very proud of their comments and compliments to my wines. This is an amazing pay-off for all the hard work we are continuously doing here at Cantine Barbera!

  • Vitae 2018, issued by AIS - Associazione Italiana Sommelier.
    Coste al Vento Grillo Menfi DOC 2016 is awarded 4 Viti - top rating in this wine guide that corresponds to 92/100 or more. Wine presentation and tasting next Saturday October 21st 2017, from 2 pm to 7 pm, at The Mall - Diamond Tower, Piazza Lina Bo Bardi n. 1, in Milan. 
  • Bibenda 2018, issued by FIS - Federazione Italiana Sommelier.
    Ammàno #4 harvest 2016 is awarded 5 Grappoli - same 92/100 or more. Wine tasting and gala dinner in Rome on Saturday November 18th 2017, starting 6.30 pm at 5 stars Hotel Rome Cavalieri. 
  • Slow Wine 2018, published by Slow Food Association, awarded us with two different prizes.
    La Bottiglia (the Bottle) goes to the winery as a whole, to underline the superior quality of all the wines we presented to their tastings, and Vino Slow in particular goes to Arèmi Bianco Superiore Menfi DOC 2015. Public wine tasting on Saturaday October 14th 2017, from 2.30 om to 7.30 pm at Terme del Tettuccio in Montecatini Terme.
  • This truly terrific aces poker includes the latest ratings by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.
    Ciàtu Alicante Menfi DOC 2015 scored 90+/100 and got a superb review.

 Thanks you all, I hope to meet you during one of the upcoming wine presentations!

Tags: Robert Parker, Slow Wine, Bibenda, Vitae, The Wine Advocate, ratings, wine magazines

My story

My story

We have been winegrowers for three generations: a 100 years long story, a legacy of love and respect
Wine book

Wine book

Always up-to-date with all available wines and vintages: ready for browsing, or for immediate download

Photo album

Photo album

My book of photo shots from my vineyard in Sicily, available in HR for download - please cite the source

Video gallery

Video gallery

My YouTube channel with harvest stories, tastings, travels and meetings with very special people


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.

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