Sicily, Italy


Altomare 2019


Altomare 2019
Sicily, Italy

This fascinating blend reflects the breadth of Nino’s work with the Grillo grape. After fermentation, he blends equal parts of Vignammare, Alto Grado, his classic Grillo and a maceration of whole bunches and leaves them to age in a single thousand litre cask for a year. A deep, striking shade of gold, it draws you in with intense notes of almond, smoke, citrus and the unmistakable influence of the Mediterranean. 



While Marsala is famous 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, hoping to show others the potential he sees in the region he calls home.

His remote vineyards are spread out up and down the coast and Nino works as hard as any grower we have met, constantly driving his beat up Fiat through the sand dunes to check on his plants. In the cantina his aim is simply to guide the wine from vineyard to glass.

Nino’s are wines with an uncanny sense of place. With each swirl and sip they transport you to Marsala; the warmth, the breeze, the golden light and the sense that the sea is never too far away. They are savoury, sun-kissed wines that, like Nino, have a lot to say.