Caruso e Minini
Located on Sicily’s western-most coast near the town of Marsala, Caruso & Minini boasts a history that harks back to the late 1800’s when Antonio Caruso bought the land to grow grapes for the nearby Marsala factories. In 2004, Stefano Caruso joined forces with Mario Minini of Lombardy to launch the present-day winery, producing wines from indigenous Sicilian varietals such as Catarratto, Nerod’Avola, Frappato, Inzolia, and Nerello Mascalese. Almost 300 acres at 650-1300 feet above sea level, including 12 aces that are farmed organically and dedicated to Giovanna Caruso’s BIO project. Located 12 miles from the sea, the area is cooled by strong winds, yet is far enough from them to avoid any potential damage. A unique part of this land's terroir is the large stones called cuti in the local dialect. The softball-sized cuti not only impart a distinct minerality on the grapes grown in them, but also soak up heat from the sun which they transfer to the vines, allowing for an earlier ripening of the grapes, thus making harvest possible at a stage which will allow for higher acidity in the wines.