37°52'2.5" N


12°29'53.88" E




about this subregion

Nestled in the sun-drenched landscape of western Sicily, the DOC Marsala wine region captivates with its rich viticultural heritage and unique terroir. Named after the bustling coastal town of Marsala, this region boasts a Mediterranean climate characterized by hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. The proximity to the shimmering waters of the Mediterranean Sea imparts a moderating influence, contributing to the distinctiveness of the wines.

DOC Marsala is best known for its eponymous fortified wine, Marsala. This amber-hued and flavorful wine has a long history dating back to the late 18th century when it gained fame as an export across Europe. Marsala is crafted from a blend of indigenous grape varieties, such as Grillo, Catarratto, and Inzolia, along with international varieties like Chardonnay and Syrah.

The vineyards of DOC Marsala thrive on a variety of soil types, including calcareous, sandy, and clay soils, which contribute to the complexity and character of the wines. The warm and dry climate, coupled with the sea breezes, allows the grapes to ripen fully and develop their unique flavors.

In addition to the renowned Marsala wines, the DOC Marsala region also produces a range of still and sparkling wines. White wines crafted from Grillo and Catarratto exhibit vibrant citrus notes, while red wines made from Nero d'Avola and Syrah offer richness and depth.

The winemakers of the DOC Marsala region skillfully combine tradition and innovation, preserving the legacy of Marsala while also exploring new winemaking techniques and grape varieties. The dedication to quality and craftsmanship is evident in the exceptional wines produced here.

Visitors to the DOC Marsala wine region can explore picturesque vineyards, visit historic wineries, and savor tastings of Marsala and other local wines. The region's winemaking heritage, coupled with its stunning coastal landscapes and warm hospitality, create an unforgettable wine experience.


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Discover Terroir

The DOC Marsala covers the wines produced in the surroundings of the city of the same name, in the wine region of Sicily.

In this sub-region, the climate is Mediterranean. Summers tend to be hot and hot, while winters can concentrate large amounts of rain. The vineyards of this sub-region are located at an altitude of between 50 and 300 meters above sea level.

In Marsala we can find 3 main soil types

  • Soils of tuff with conchiferous rock in the areas closest to the coast.
  • Limestone mixed with sandstone
  • Clay mixed with sand.


Most Planted Red Grape Varieties: Nerello Mascalese, Nero d’Avola, Perricone

Most Planted White Grape Varieties: Ansonica, Catarratto, Damaschino, Grillo

The DOC Marsala in Sicily is known for producing a variety of wine styles, each with its own unique characteristics and production methods. Here are the different styles of wine found in the DOC Marsala:

  • Marsala Superiore: Marsala Superiore is the most common style of Marsala wine. It is produced using a solera system, a method of fractional blending and aging. Marsala Superiore wines are aged for a minimum of two years, and they come in three sub-categories based on their sweetness level: Secco (dry), Semisecco (semi-dry), and Dolce (sweet). These wines exhibit flavors of dried fruits, nuts, and caramel, with varying levels of sweetness depending on the category.
  • Marsala Vergine: Marsala Vergine, also known as Marsala Fine, is a higher-quality and more complex style of Marsala wine. It is aged for a minimum of five years and is typically drier than Marsala Superiore. Marsala Vergine wines showcase a rich amber color, pronounced nutty and oxidized aromas, and a long, lingering finish.
  • Marsala Riserva: Marsala Riserva is a premium category of Marsala wines. These wines undergo extended aging, usually for a minimum of ten years, resulting in more concentrated flavors, increased complexity, and a rich, velvety texture. Marsala Riserva wines are known for their deep amber color, intense aromas, and layers of dried fruits, spices, and caramel.
  • Marsala Perpetuo: Marsala Perpetuo is a unique style of Marsala wine that is subject to perpetual aging. This means that the wine is never fully emptied from the barrels, and new vintages are continuously added to the existing blend. Marsala Perpetuo wines develop exceptional depth and complexity over time, with flavors evolving and integrating harmoniously.

In addition to the traditional fortified Marsala wines, the DOC Marsala also produces still wines and sparkling wines. Still wines include white wines crafted from indigenous grape varieties like Grillo and Catarratto, which exhibit fresh citrus flavors and vibrant acidity. Sparkling wines, often made using the Charmat method, offer a lively effervescence and fruity characteristics.

These diverse wine styles in the DOC Marsala region provide a range of options for wine enthusiasts, from the well-known fortified Marsala wines to the increasingly popular still and sparkling wines.