Marsala is one of the world’s great fortified wines, made exclusively in and around the town of Marsala ..
Come to taste this unique wine!
The Marsala Wine:
During a Marsala holiday you can tast a glass of Marsala wine, it is an event not to be missed. Both for the wine lover, but also for who is not.
The Marsala is a DOC wine produced in our city, which contains the flavor of the sun of Sicily.
Known by many as a dessert wine, exists in different types.
It can be sweet and fortified, dry or semi-dry, spicy, fragrant, but always fascinating.
You can use as an aperitif with salty or sweet, ant end of dinner, for cooking and you can enjoy cold, warm or at room temperature.
A versatile wine because there are several types of grapes used in its preparation and the different aging times and processing methods.
The grapes used for the production of Marsala are: Grillo, Catarratto, Inzolia, Damaschino and, among those with white berries; Pignatello Calabrese, Nerello mascalese and Nero d ‘Avola, among those with red berries.
Among the various types of flavored Marsala include almonds, perfect to enjoy with traditional biscuits called ‘tagliancozzi’, the typical Marsala egg, or coffee.
Instead, according to the time characteristics of aging in barrels, Marsala is divided into:
Marsala Fine: One year of aging, alcohol exceeding 17 degrees. It can be amber, gold or ruby
Marsala Superiore: Two years aging in wooden vessels, alcohol content exceeding 18 degrees. It can be amber, gold or ruby. Intense and persistent. Sweet taste and texture.
Marsala Superiore Riserva Four years aging in wooden vessels, alcohol content exceeding 18 degrees.
Marsala Vergine Soleras: Five years of aging in barrels, prohibited ‘use of cooked or concentrated; bone-dry, alcohol content exceeding 18 degrees. Color dark brown, but clear, full and rich aroma and taste.
Virgin Soleras Stravecchio Marsala, Marsala Vergine Riserva Soleras: Marsala Soleras with at least ten years of aging in wood containers.
The History of Marsala
Marsala D.O.C. has a long history and is interwoven with that particular Anglo-Saxon. In 1773, by chance or better for a storm, a wealthy businessman from Liverpool, John Woodhouse, was forced to take refuge in the port of Marsala and tasted the wine produced by local farmers. He found it excellent, similar to some fine wines of Spain and Portugal and decided to try to do it on the English. The first expedition was a success and Woodhouse decided to stay in Marsala and produce own wine. Rebuilt an old Baglio, and was born the first plant of Marsala wine. He followed other Englishmen, Ingham and Whitaker the best known, and created other plants for the production and distribution of Marsala. The monopoly of the British wine remained until in 1912, then an Italian, Vincenzo Florio, decided to enter the production and trade in Marsala. Even today the Cantine Florio, along with many others, are producing and exporting Marsala worldwide.
Tourists will be fascinated by wine, but also to everything that is behind the bottle, or wine cellars.
In Marsala are many wineries that are open to visitors, showing the manufacturing process, aging and bottling of wine, enjoy doing the traveler quality wines along with local produce of our lands and in some cases showing the charm of Bagli, structure Sicilian. Some plants are in fact ancient Bagli, lovingly restored, where past and modern are intertwined in harmony.
Infact now, entering in a Baglio is to take a trip into the past. Walking through the arches, barrels, old bottles, knowing the history and tradition of high quality wine tasting is a unique experience.
Some of the Wineries to visit:
CANTINE FLORIO – DUCA DI SALAPARUTA S.P.A.
Indirizzo: Via V. Florio, 1 – 91025 Marsala (TP)
Telefono: 0923 – 781111
Sito Web: www.cantineflorio.it – www.duca.it
E-mail: info@cantineflorio – firstname.lastname@example.org
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