I thoroughly enjoyed the visit to Caruso & Minini; it is one of the larger operations (that is one of the stainless steel tank rooms gracing the bottom of the page) in this north-west corner of Sicily. But I really enjoyed the Timpune Grillo (that’s a white), the Sachia Perricone and the Frappato/Nerello Mascalese blend (they are both red wines). Another winery where I am regretting not slapping that credit card on the counter and walking away with a bottle or two. But I didn’t.
So on my return to the UK I’ve been hunting down their wines. Being a larger producer allows them the luxury of specific blends and unique labels for retailer. They have wines in Tesco and Marks & Spencers. Though a trip to both stores in Oxford yielded zero results.
And then, while completing my weekly Ocado order, I chanced upon a Grillo from Caruso & Minini under the Antura label. It was on offer at the time – these things come and go – but is now listed at £9.99 a bottle.
Caruso & Minini Antura Grillo
“Caruso & Minini are a part of a new revival in Sicilian wine focusing on the exciting potential of the island’s native grapes. When Mario Minini met Stefano Caruso it sparked a long-held dream to produce wines in the historical region of Marsala in Western Sicily. Grillo is Sicily’s flagship white with substantial increased plantings in recent years.”