Marsala Superiore Secco DOC
Marsala is a fortified wine which is produced around the town of Marsala on the western coast of Sicily. In recent years Marsala has undergone a renaissance that is rapidly restoring it to the ranks of the world’s great wines.
Made from local grape varieties, Grillo and Catarratto, our Marsala is ‘Superiore’ meaning that it has been aged for at least 2 years in oak barrels. It is also classified as ‘secco’ – the driest version of Marsala and it is quite sweet.
It has an intense amber colour with golden highlights. On the nose it is intense and very complex, with hints of ripe, white fruits in alcohol, hazelnuts, bitter almonds and pine nuts; the bouquet has delicate hints of oak, vanilla and cinnamon
The taste is dry, sweetish, soft, velvety with a pleasant sense of aromatic hints.
Marsala can be enjoyed as an aperitivo or dessert wine. It pairs well with almond sweets which are traditional of Sicilian confectionery, dry fruits and half seasoned artisan cheeses.
It is said that in 1773 an English trader, John Woodhouse, was looking for soda ash for the production of soaps. A storm forced him to land in the port of Marsala and in a tavern he developed a taste for the local wine. Later on, his flair for business drove him to take a supply of this wine to the UK with the addition of brandy for its preservation. The success of Marsala wine was so great even Lord Horatio Nelson bought large quantities of this wine for the sailors of his “Home Fleet”. After the Battle of Trafalgar it became known as “The Victory Wine”.
In 1806 another Englishman, Benjamin Ingham, arrived in Sicily looking for raw material for his cloth factory. He too discovered the potential of this Sicilian wine and opened a winery exporting Marsala to America & Australia.
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This historical winery was established in Marsala in 1947. Specialising in the production of meditation and Holy Mass wines, Cantine Vinci transform their grapes into wines with a distinct and constant quality. Their wines have been the recipients of many important international awards over the last 20 years.