Nino Barraco Vignammare Marsala 001

Barraco

Marsala, Sicilia

While Marsala is infamous for its solera-aged wines, Nino Barraco is unusual in that he specialises in wines made the way they were before the sweet tooth of the British prevailed.

Nino took over his family’s vineyards in 2004 and from the outset he has worked organically, focussing on the native grapes of his Western Sicily and single vineyard wines, letting the true potential of his land speak.

Speak they do. The wines really take you to Marsala; its dry, sturdy winds, golden light and the sense that the sea is never too far away. It is a barren stretch of coastline that produces broad, saline wines that are built to age. Nino’s riffs on local varietals are aromatically intense and wonderfully deep.