The Marsala, one of the most elegant and complex wines in the world, has seen it all: from its absolute fame in the nineteenth century to the almost total defeat in the sixties and seventies of the last century.
Marsala is a fortified or fortified wine. It means that a base wine is added to brandy or alcohol, concentrated must, cooked must or mistelle.
It was in the early 1970s that the English merchant John Woodhouse, who arrived in Sicily in search of soda, a product much in demand in his country's industry, discovered the quality of Marsala agro wines.
Thus was born the first Italian industrial-style wine, conceived from the outset as a consumer product for a market that was already largely globalized by the British Empire.
Other wine entrepreneurs will follow his example, including Benjamin Ingham, Vincenzo Florio and Paolo Pellegrino.
Since 1984 the specification of Marsala DOC restricts the production area to the province of Trapani only, except for the municipality of Alcamo and the islands of Pantelleria and Favignana.