Grillo Marchese della Torre
Grillo is a Sicilian grape variety that was once widely grown on bush-vines and used in the production of Marsala, the island’s famous fortified wine. The variety is still extensively grown on Sicily, despite that fact that demand for Marsala has dramatically shrunk since the end of the 20th Century. It is now more common to find Grillo produced as varietal wine, or in a blend alongside Inzolia, Catarratto or Chardonnay.
Grillo can achieve very high levels of potential alcohol when left to hang on the vine. This is a desirable trait in fortified wine, but the modern preference for crisp, low-alcohol Italian white wines does has not advanced Grillo’s popularity. At its best, Grillo shows a range of citrus flavours, usually led by lemon. Most modern examples are competitively priced.