Grillo Coste al Vento 2021, Cantine Barbera
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“Costa” is a Sicilian word for hillside, where the wind blowing from the Mediterranean Sea brings minerals to the soil and refreshment to vines and people. Grillo is one of the most interesting Sicilian grape varieties – an intriguing native variety that embodies the inner character of Menfi's terroir with its unmistakable style and unique charm. It has a bright gold color, made even livelier by the typical green shades of the grapes' skin. Complex and elegant aromas of white ripe fruit merge into herbal scents of oregano, mint and sage that stand out against rich layers of nettle and fine green tea. Its full palate is enriched by a mineral and vibrant aftertaste. Coste del Vento ferments in amphoras. Thanks to the clay’s characteristics, this wine has a delicate color extraction and a vibrant palate.
About the Winery
Marilena Barbera is a third-generation winemaker from Sicily who produces wine on the Belicello Estate. The estate was founded in the 1920s by her grandfather, Lilly Barbera. Despite her aspirations for a diplomatic career after studying political science, Marilena was drawn back to her family's agricultural business in Sicily. She was captivated by its centenary history and legacy passed down to her by her father and grandfather. Initially focusing on sales and marketing, Marilena began to take a more active role in the winemaking process after her father passed away. Today, Marilena produces her wines in Menfi, Sicily, and believes that there is no better way to represent her land's history, culture, and passion than through wine. In between decanting and bottling, she continues to travel the world to share her wines with others.