The Sicilian winery in Marsala (Province of Trapani) was founded in 1880 by the notary Paolo Pellegrino. His son Carlo married Josephine Despagne, the daughter of a wine producer from Sauternes in France, who brought in some knowledge. Under his leadership developed into a leading company in Sicily
, Today it is run by his son Carlo II. There are two large wineries in Marsala, and a third was opened on the island of Pantelleria in 1992. The vineyard property is spread over the areas of Gazzerotta, Kelbi, Ramisella, Rinazzo and San Nicola with part in the WWF park "Gorghi Tondi" and comprises a total of 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 around a quarter of the production), the sweet IGT wines and the DOC wines from Pantelleria
are produced under the "Pellegrino" brand. The table wines (VdT) as well as sweet and fortified wines are marketed under the name "Duca di Castelmonte". Around seven million bottles of wine are produced each year. Much of it is exported to the UK, France, USA, Japan, South Korea and Switzerland.