Marsala DOC

Region: Sicilia



History: Established as a DOC in 1969

Vineyard Area: 1,462 ha / 3,611 acres (2021)

Production: 72,100 hl / 801,200 cases (5-year average)

Principal White Grape Varieties:

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:



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

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