Our History

Caruso & Minini, two families and two different stories that merge when Stefano Caruso, the third generation of winemakers, meets Mario Minini, owner of a marketing company in Northern Italy. Together, back in 2004, built the foundations of Caruso & Minini, an state of the art winery in Marsala, city at the extreme part  of western Sicily.

It is an ambitious challenge, which sees as protagonists the Caruso family’s agricultural tradition and the Minini sales expertise. A Winning bet because, to date, wines reach fans in more than 30 countries around the world.

Tradition and competence,  with a look into the future. In fact, today Stefano is flanked by his two daughters Giovanna and Rosanna who are actively taking part of the daily work at the winery. A management in pink that has brought a breath of freshness among the barrels.

The Winery

An old “Baglio” built in 1904 in the heart of the traditional Marsala’s wine-cellar area.

It is here where the fruits of our vineyards are transformed by a wonderful team of men and women that take care of the process. The mission statement is indisputable: pass down to every bottle the values of our tradition creating modern expression of Sicilian wines with devotion to details and emphasis to quality.

The Vineyards

Giumarella and Cuttaia : 120 hectares located in the inland of the Trapani province between Salemi and Mazara del Vallo.

The highest hills, dedicated to the cultivation of the whites varieties, reach an altitude of 450 meters above sea level, whereas the valley bottom is where the red varieties grow. Every single grapevine was planted following the best combination of exposure, soil and climate. This land hosts local grapes such as Grillo, Catarratto, Inzolia, Nero d’Avola and Perricone as well as some international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Syrah and Merlot.

7.000 mq di cui 3500 coperti

Capacità imbottigliamento:
3000 bts/h

Capacità totale:
18.000 Hl in vasche d’acciaio inox a temperatura controllata.

Capacità affinamento in legno:
200 barriques, 150 tonneaux

The vineyards of Giummarella and Cuttaia are located in a hilly area East of Marsala at the border with Salemi and Mazara del Vallo at an altitude that goes from 200 up to 450 meters above sea level.
The soils are sandy-clay with a sub-alkaline reaction. Total limestone up to 35%.
Rich in nutritive elements, the climate offers mild winters, with medium rainfall that reach an annual average of 650 mm.
Hot, dry summers characterized by substantial fluctuations of about 15°C between daytime and nighttime.

The vineyards are trained with a Counter-espalier system and pruned with Guyot. The entire vineyards are carried without artificial irrigation and have a planting density that varies from 2500 to 5000 vines per hectare. The yield per hectare varies from 5.0 to 10.0 tons corresponding in the various planting combinations to 0.8 to 2.5 kilos per vine. The types of grapes planted are: Inzolia, Catarratto, Grecanico, Grillo, Chardonnay, Moscato Bianco, Zibibbo, Viogner for whites; and Nero d’Avola, Perricone, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon for the reds.

At the first rains in November, the soils are harrowed and fertilizers (totally organic) are worked into the soils. Pruning begins in January and lasts about 2 months taking care to leave the right amount of buds per plant. Close to the vegetative reawakening, the soils are harrowed a second time and begins the green pruning.
The load of grapes on the vines is defined through cluster thinning. During the summer months a process called “scerbature” which roughly means “to weed out” takes place, this process helps prevent water loss from the soil through evaporation. After close monitoring of the maturation cycle, harvest begins the very first days of August with the Chardonnay and Viognier. The harvest period ends at the end of September with the Perricone.
The grapes once harvested are carried to the Marsala cellars where begins the process of transformation into wine.