About the Winery
Based in Marsala, in the extreme west of Sicily, the Nino Barraco winery was founded in 2004 when Nino and his wife Angela took over the seven hectares that their families had, adding three more for a total of ten hectares. However, Nino’s experimentation had started much earlier than that while a political science student in Palermo, where in his spare time he started making wine and selling it to a small but famous trattoria and wine bar there. That wine was so good that became immediately a cult for the locals. Barraco has always had a dedication to making natural wines with extended skin contact, no temperature control, and spontaneous fermentations on naturally occurring yeasts in small, stainless-steel tanks, with only the barest minimum of sulfites to ensure stability. While he never sought certification, strict organic practices are enforced both in the vineyards and in the cellar. Producing only the indigenous varieties of his region – Grillo, Catarratto, Zibibbo for the whites and Nero D’Avola and Pignatello (aka Perricone) for the reds – today Barraco produces just around 15,000 bottles per year and has developed quite a reputation as an important Sicilian winemaker.
Nino Barraco is a VinUS selection