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Marsala 2018-10-10T19:30:09+00:00

TERRITORIES / MARSALA

MARSALA, TIMELESS ELEGANCE.

A captivating land

A captivating land

“This is Marsala, wrapped in history and with enchanting landscapes on the borderline between reality and fantasy”

To talk about Marsala, we need to experience it, to peer at it with curious eyes at sunrise, when the sky reflects on the salt marshes and the warmth of the morning brings colours of gold, amber and pink blending together among the quiet waters of the sea. If you let your imagination fly, on closing your eyes, you will be able to hear the light rocking of the pastel coloured wooden boats.

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You will feel lured into a watercolour canvas. You will be melted into that picture, where everything is blended together: the reflection of light and warmth is without borderlines but at the same time clear. You will feel as if you are being carried away by the wind that blows from Africa, in a vortex of warm and intensely perfumed emotions.

This is Marsala wrapped in history and with enchanting landscapes on the borderline between reality and fantasy. One of the most suitable places for vine cultivation, in this corner of Sicily, where nature reveals its generosity. From Phonecian origins, with Greek, Roman, Arabic, Norman, Swabian, Angioin and Spanish influences, Marsa Allah (God’s harbour) is rich in artistic beauty and has unique and unrepeatable contents. It is the city of wine, flowers and salt.

Photo credits: Giò Martorana, Libero Consorzio Comunale di Trapani, Alfio Garozzo, Arturo Safina, Letterio Pomara.

Here colours, flavours and perfumes of Sicily meet in a territory that continues to cultivate the typical Mediterranean hospitality. Hovering in the air, in and around the small streets of the historical town centre, the ancient “Baglio” and the villages of the hinterland, is the scent of the wine that the English made world famous, allowing it to become the oldest Doc wine in Italy.

The clear light blue of the sky that meets the warmth of the sun is of an unprecedented beauty; the view towards the Egadi islands, the Stagnone lagoon, the surrounding countryside vineyards, grown over centuries; the salt mountains that radiate light reflections out onto the island of Mothia, the most ancient Phoenician settlement in the world. In the enchanting nature reserve among low, warm mirrors of water, interspersed with islets, it is possible to admire the beauty of pink flamingos that choose this unique habitat in the world to rest after long travels.

Marsala, city of wine

Marsala, city of wine

“An ideal land for grillo, inzolia, catarratto and nero d’avola, chosen vine varieties for the production of marsala”

Marsala is a town of artisans, kissed by nature’s laborious and fertile generosity. The legendary Capo Boeo rises in the heart of the Mediterranean. On one side it is protected by Erice, and on the other, embraced by Segesta and Selinunte, it looks towards the nearby Egadi islands and Africa.

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The sea constitutes one of the town’s main economic and tourist resources, while agriculture supplies the wine industry. We are in the western point of Sicily, an area highly exposed to the wind due to the lack of surrounding mountains; it has a perfect illumination, intensified by the sea water.

The proximity of sea water makes its climate mild, warm but not humid or muggy. These are the ideal conditions for the cultivation of grapes destined to the production of wines with aging potential and that thrive on oxidation such as marsala wine. In fact the grapes can reach an advanced stage of ripening, ensuring that in the base product there is a high number of polyphenols, which are able to deal with ageing.

These conditions that make this land ideal for grillo, inzolia, catarratto and nero d’avola, chosen vine varieties for the production of marsala, that Pellegrino chooses to cultivate along the coast, where the good conditions of the climate are even more accentuated, offering great quality wines.

The art of aging

The art of aging

“Passion and wine vocation together have created over time persuasive and attractive wines, aged in the Historical Wineries, among the most beautiful in Italy”

If Marsala is so famous today for its wines, credit is due to nature, but overall to the respect that the farming culture has for it, a culture that has met the entrepreneurial spirit of illuminated men, able to enhance and protect its value over time.

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This is the mission of the Pellegrino family, who has promoted the essence of Marsala and its wine since 1880. The combination of Passion and wine vocation have, over time, created persuasive and attractive wines, matured in the Historical Wineries, which are among the most beautiful in Italy, where we can breath in the charm of a never ending story.

Here the ageing of marsala wine takes place in French oak barrels with a high degree of toasting, which increases the release of vanilla perfume from the wood. Today as in the past, the mysterious elegance of this place can be breathed in whilst walking through the corridors of the winery, where long rows of barrels and casks embellish the walls, while soft lights and inebriating perfumes pervade the senses, in absolute silence.

The Pellegrino marsala wines today

The Pellegrino marsala wines today

“Tutto ha origine nel 1880, quando il notaio Paolo Pellegrino, viticoltore per passione, fonda la cantina destinata a diventare una delle più importanti in Sicilia”

Non c’è una grande storia senza un vero C’era una volta. E per raccontare la storia delle Cantine Pellegrino bisogna fare un salto nel passato, ripercorrendo oltre centotrent’anni di esperienza in vigna e in cantina; narrare la trama continua in cui si intrecciano passione e impegno di famiglia.

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During over a hundred and thirty years of history, the Pellegrino family has been able to articulate marsala wine differently, allowing the wine to express itself in the best possible way. Today the various types include the historical marsala Vergine Soleras and Vergine Riserva 2000, dry with spicy aromas, which are flanked by vintage wines, tributes to the illustrious figures that have made the wine of Marsala famous: Old John – superior reserve semi-dry amber 1998, Uncle Joseph – superior sweet ruby 2015, BIP Benjamin – superior reserve sweet gold, Horatio S.O.M. dry amber 2011 and Anita Garibaldi superior sweet amber 2012.

Together, the Pellegrino marsala wines meet the needs of those who wish to discover the unique identity of this corner of Sicily with its chameleon-like nuances, intriguing and attractive as those warm sunsets to be admired at the seashore or over the Stagnone lagoon. Together they protect the history and the knowledgeable tradition of the highest expression of marsala wine.