• My name is Marilena Barbera
    and I am a winegrower.
    I live and make my wines in Menfi, Sicily.

#SicilianWine project
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Using social networks to promote Sicilian wines and indigenous grape varieties: agriculture and technology working well together

Travelling a lot for wine presentations and tastings, I have always experienced a broad interest for Sicilian native grapes, many of which are still almost unknown.
People ask a lot of different questions: from the origins of Sicilian grape varieties to their characteristics, personality and adaptation to terroir, to food matches, serving temperatures and longevity of Sicilian wines.

It is very interesting for me to answer those questions, trying to provide not only marketing information, but a short basic survey on Sicilian wine culture that cannot be separated from history, food and lifestyle, being intertwined with the deepest roots of my people’s traditional culture.

My #SicilianWine project is the logic evolution of face-to-face education: using Twitter to provide essential information on Sicilian wine grapes, trying to connect with winelovers all over the world, focusing on the different Sicilian territories and on their influence on grape growing.
A different grape variety every week, for a eight-week program to cover the most popular Sicilian grapes: Inzolia, Nero d’Avola, Catarratto, Grillo, Perricone, Nerello Mascalese, Frappato, Zibibbo.

I understand it is a crazy big project, and of course I do not presume to be exhaustive nor definitive. Everybody is very welcome to participate, interact, engage: winelovers and wine bloggers, Sicilian producers and wine growers from all over the world who grow Sicilian traditional grape varieties.

I will use the following tags: #SicilianWine, #Sicily, #wine, #winelover.
My Twitter account is @marilenabarbera

I am not sure where this will lead me, but it sounds tremendously exciting!


Tags: social networks, #SicilianWine, Twitter, sicilian grape varieties, agriculture

My story

My story

We have been winegrowers for three generations: a 100 years long story, a legacy of love and respect
Wine book

Wine book

Always up-to-date with all available wines and vintages: ready for browsing, or for immediate download

Photo album

Photo album

My book of photo shots from my vineyard in Sicily, available in HR for download - please cite the source

Video gallery

Video gallery

My YouTube channel with harvest stories, tastings, travels and meetings with very special people


Between a road map and a winery notebook, a personal digital moleskine with notes on winemaking, tastings and events, people I meet, places I see: my everyday life in the wine world.

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