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The Marsala wine

Made from the homonym town, the Marsala wine has been divided into two categories: gold and amber, made from yellow-gold grapes, Cataratto, Inzolia;

The Marsala wine,

which is made in the homonym town,

really needs little introduction.

It is probably better if we explain the importance and

the sorts of these aperitif and after dinner Marsala wine,

which are also drunk for the mere pleasure or in thought

and contemplation.

They have been divided into two categories:

gold and amber,

made from yellow-gold grapes, Cataratto, Inzolia;

Damaschino, the typical Rubino,

which is made from the red Perricone,

Nero D’Avola and Nerello Mascalese grapes.

All the Marsala wine come as dry,

semi dry and sweet.

Fine (17° alcohol strength, one year’s ageing),

Vergine or Soleras (18° alcohol strength and five years ageing),

Superiore (18° alcohol strength and four year’s ageing),

Vergine Stravecchio or Riserva (18° alcohol strength and ten year’s ageing).

Some special wines can be added,

such as Garibaldi Dolce (GD) for Marsala Superiore;

Italia Particolare (IP) for Marsala Fine;

London Particular (LP) for Marsala Superiore;

Supriore Old Marsala (SOM) for Marsala Superiore;

Cremovo, Zabaione Vino Aromatizzato.

WINE CATEGORIES:

Three labels define Italian wines according to quality.

IGT (Typical Geographic Indication) guarantees vine cultivation

according to certain regulations.

DOC (Controlled Origin Denomination) indicates conformity to

regulation on area of origin,

and production and maturation procedures.

The top label is DOCG (Guaranteed and Controlled Origin Denomination);

there are around 20 DOCG wines in Italy.

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