• My name is Marilena Barbera
    and I am an independent 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.

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Amazing social personalities to follow in 2019: the new Top 20 Wine Influencers's list is online!

I am thrilled to announce that I have been included in the Top Wine Influencers list for 2019 edited by the Sommeliers Choice Awards, and very happy to share this special award with some of the most amazing wine professionals around the world, including The Wine Wankers, Jancis Robinson, Julien Miquel, Tim Atkin, Jamie Goode, Luiz Alberto, Cathrine Todd, and many others. 

The complete Top 20 wine influencer's list for 2019 here.


And, because this is the sixth year in a row that I am included among the most relevant wine personalities that offer quality online content, let's celebrate with a short recall of what has happened in the previous years:

2018 Top 40 influencers of the wine world

2017 Top 20 influencers of the wine world

- 2016 Top 20 influencers of the wine world

- 2015 Top 20 influencers of the wine world

- 2014 Top People of the wine world


Tags: social networks, social presence, Top Wine Influencers, Wine Wankers, wine marketing, Sommeliers Choice Awards


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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    Pre-harvest talks

    The vineyard Microcosmo, endangered by a fire set by unknown criminals a few days before the harvest

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    What wine producers can do for climate change

    Transportation and electricity are the significant expenditure items in a winery’s budget, and the ones with the greatest environmental impact. Cutting down transportation can be complex, but making energy-related sustainable choices is, instead, very easy and is a strong commitment for change.

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  • Nero d’Avola at your fingertips

    Nero d’Avola at your fingertips

    An easy guide to Nero d’Avola: history and character of the grape, and useful information on where is it grown, what does it taste like, and how to pair Nero d’Avola wines with Sicilian and international cuisine.

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  • #SicilianWine: let's talk about Sicilian indigenous grapes

    #SicilianWine: let's talk about Sicilian indigenous grapes

    Discover the main Sicilian indigenous grape varieties through infographics. Learn about their history, evolution and characteristics and help me share on social networks a free educational project using the tag #SicilianWine!

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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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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.

About me

About me

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

Wines Catalogue

Wines Catalogue

My Wines Catalogue is always up-to-date with all the available vintages: ready for online browsing, or for immediate download.



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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