Marsala DOC

Marsala See Sicilia map, ref #12
History: Established as a DOC in 1969
Vineyard Area: 1,612 ha / 3,982 acres (2018)
Production: 71,600 hl / 795,600 cases (2018)
Principal White Grape Varieties: Ansonica, Catarratto, Damaschino, Grillo
Principal Red Grape Varieties: Nerello Mascalese, Nero d’Avola (Calabrese), Perricone
Styles and Wine Composition:
  • Ambra (WhFoSw): Any proportions of Ansonica (locally Inzolia), Catarratto, Damaschino, and/or Grillo
  • Oro (WhFoSw): Any proportions of Ansonica, Catarratto, Damaschino, and/or Grillo
  • Rubino (RdFoSw): Minimum 70% Nerello Mascalese, Nero d’Avola, and/or Perricone (locally Pignatello); maximum 30% Ansonica, Catarratto, Damaschino, and/or Grillo
  • Fine (Ambra, Oro, Rubino)
  • Superiore or Vecchio (Ambra, Oro, Rubino)
  • Superiore Riserva (Ambra, Oro, Rubino)
  • Vergine or Soleras (Ambra, Oro, Rubino)
  • Vergine Stravecchio or Riserva (Ambra, Oro, Rubino)

Significant Production Rules:
  • Minimum alcohol level: 17.5% for Fine; 18.0% for all other styles
  • Residual sugar: Maximum 40 g/l (4.0%) for designation as secco; 40–100 g/l (4.0–10.0%) for designation as semisecco; minimum 100 g/l (10.0%) for designation as dolce
  • Aging: For Fine, minimum 1 year, including 8 months in barrel (ERD = November 1, V+1); for Superiore, minimum 2 years, including 20 months in barrel (ERD = November 1, V+2); for Superiore Riserva, minimum 4 years, including 44 months in barrel (ERD = November 1, V+4); for Vergine, minimum 5 years, including 56 months in barrel (ERD = November 1, V+5); for Vergine Stravecchio, minimum 10 years, including 116 months in barrel (ERD = November 1, V+10)

Last Disciplinare Modification: 07/12/2013

Note: Other possible label indications include I.P. (Italia Particolare) for Marsala Fine; G.D. (Garibaldi Dolce), L.P. (Londra [London] Particolar), or S.O.M. (Superiore Old Marsala), for Marsala Superiore