has been a land of wine since the time of the Phoenicians who planted the first vineyards here back in the 8th century BC. The wine from "Sicilia
", especially the sweet wine from Marsala, started to gain a reputation abroad in the 18th century. However, the Sicilian wine industry has only been undergoing wide scale modernization, and therefore growing its sales, since the 1970’s.
Sicily enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and hot, sometimes very hot, summers. Because of its climate, 180,000 hectares of vineyards have been planted here, making it the largest wine region in all of Italy. 70% of the production is white wine. Much of these “Sicilia” wines are produced in wine cooperatives and made from international and native grape varieties, which include Cataratto, Grecanico, Inzolia, Nero d'Avola and Nerello Mascales.
Today, Sicily can lay claim to many local DOCs (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) with strong, typical Sicilian characters such as Pantelleria, Monreale and Vittoria. Wine lovers will appreciate the personality of the wines from Caruso & Minini.