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What is Marsala Wine?


What is Marsala Wine?

Marsala is a special type of Fortified Wine.

Marsala is made on the Italian island of Sicily, around the coastal town of Marsala. It is made from the local grape varieties Catarratto, Grillo and Inzolia, fermented to dryness like sherry, then fortified.

Sweet styles result from the addition of boiled down must or mistela (grape juice blended with spirit).

Marsala is classified by colour: ambra (amber), oro (gold) or rubino (ruby). Each colour is made in secco (dry), semisecco (medium), and sweet styles. They are also classified into five categories according to how long the wine has been aged in cask. For example, Fino is matured for one year in cask, Superiore for two years, Vergine for five years.
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