The Sicilian winery in Marsala (Trapani province) was founded in 1880 by the notary Paolo Pellegrino. His son Carlo married Josephine Despagne, the daughter of a wine producer from the French Sauternes, who brought some knowledge. Under his leadership evolved into a leader in Sicily
, Today it is run by his son Carlo II. In Marsala there are two large wineries, on the island of Pantelleria in 1992 a third was put into operation. The vineyard property is spread over Gazzerotta, Kelbi, Ramisella, Rinazzo and San Nicola with part of the WWF Gorghi Tondi park, and covers more than 300 hectares of vineyards.
The local varieties Grillo, Inzolia, Malvasia Bianca, Nero d'Avola and Zibibo (Muscat d'Alexandrie), as well as the international varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Syrah are cultivated. The different variants of the Marsala
(which make up about a quarter of the production), the sweet IGT wines and the DOC wines of Pantelleria
are produced under the brand "Pellegrino". Under the name "Duca di Castelmonte" the table wines (VdT) as well as sweet and fortified wines are marketed. Every year around seven million bottles of wine are produced. Much of it is exported to the UK, France, USA, Japan, South Korea and Switzerland.