By Paul Caputo

The history of Marsala is long and extensive. Various versions of the John Woodhouse perpetuate. Some say a storm blew is fleet into port and was delighted to discover a wine similar in taste to the wines of Jerez enjoying popularity back home.


It was granted DOC status in 1969. As far as international consumption is concerned the wines are fortified, either during or after fermentation. There are a few producers that make still wine using the appellation.

The history - who created Marsala?

There are a number of different theories and anecdotes about the creation of Marsala. The most popular is one of the many tales of John Woodhouse’s arrival in 1773. The idea that he enjoyed the local wines while his merchant ships were forced to shelter from storms in the port of Marsala is a common tourist tale, but there are many more.