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
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.
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.