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

Perricone and Nerello Mascalese vineyard
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Microcosmo, a Sicilian wine made with Perricone and Nerello Mascalese, and the meaning of space and time

The other day I tasted Microcosmo 2011 with my girlfriend from Florence.
Yesterday we bottled Microcosmo 2012 and decanted the barrels from last harvest 2013.
Today we are working in the vineyard for the canopy management of perricone, which will give us Microcosmo 2014.

And I feel this is the magic and the true meaning of wine: it brings you back in time and makes you look forward at the same moment, experiencing intimate feelings and emotions that belong to many. By making wine in the most natural way, I am proud to take care of Menfi, my homeland, and to promote the knowledge of my small world abroad: the uncontaminated sea of Porto Palo with its amazing sandy dunes, the low cliffs of Solette beach and the white rocks of Bertolino, the green valley covered with vineyards and olive trees that stretches along the Belìce river.

Despite their physical distance, people sharing the pleasure of wine with others who live far away are closer than they would think.
Because whoever enjoys a glass of wine and feels the same emotions in all four corners of the world is not just people: it's friends.


Tags: perricone, Microcosmo, nerello mascalese

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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