The wines of Marsala were the first to be given this Denomination PDO (Protected Denomination of Origin). Marsala is a very ancient product that was commercialized in the second half of the eighteenth century by John Woodhouse, an English entrepreneur was who was the first to add alcohol to the local wine and to market it in England. This traditional method is still the local common practice today. Marsala is made from a blend of four different grape varieties: Grillo, Catarratto, Inzolia and Damaschino to which cooked must and clear alcohol are added. The mixture, which is obtained, is then aged for a minimum of one year in large oak barrels, which slowly impart a light oxidation that gives the wine its typical amber color.

Marsala Fine: requires a minimum of one year aging

Marsala Superiore DOP a minimum of 2 years;

Marsala Vergine:  a minimum of 5 years

Marsala Riserva:  up to10 or more years.