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Qualitatively best variant of the Marsala; look there.

DOC area for liqueur wine in the Italian region Sicily, He is one of the best known Dessert wines in the world and is named after the port city of the same name (Arabic Marsah-el-Allah = Port or Gate of God) in the province of Trapani. The zone with over 5,000 hectares of vineyards covers with the exception of the Sicily offshore and associated island Pantelleria, as well as the municipalities of Alcamo and Favignana the entire province of Trapani. In 1770 came the English merchant and wine expert John Woodhouse to Marsala and started exporting Sicilian wines to England because there is a need for port wine and sherry the offer exceeded. The year of the "invention" is 1773, as Woodhouse each of the intended for England four hundred liter barrels eight liters alcohol when restricted. He had already been in Portugal with the production of port wine employed. In 1796 he opened in Marsala the first Marsala house consisting of a warehouse and winery.

The success of the wine was initiated, so to speak, by the English Admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805), who ordered in the year 1800 for the fleet an annual supply of 500 barrels. In 1812 the Englishman Benjamin Ingham founded a second company in Marsala and also exported the wine to North America and Australia. The largest, still existing Marsalahaus Florio was opened in 1832 by Vincenzo Florio. All three companies eventually became in 1929 from the vermouth house...

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