This blend of Catarratto, Grillo, Damaschino and Inzola is made with strictly selected grapes vinified before fermentation is stopped with the addition of eau de vie so sugar levels remain below 40g/L. This “Mistella” is then blended with the best DOC wine and aged at least 2 years in French oak casks. The final wine is fortified to 18% alcohol. With toffee and nutty aromas, this wine has rich dry fruit palate flavors. Passito di Pantelleria Muscat of Alessandria, or Zibibbo, grapes are harvested at the end of August and dried naturally before vinification. The 2007 won awards from IWC and was “Best Fortified Italian Wine” in Decanter. The wine shows complex, elegant dried fruit and apricot aromas with beautiful balance.
The fame of Marsala wine is due mainly to the British, who had already traded in Port, Madeira and Sherry products. In 1773 they docked in Marsala where they tasted this "nectar". They were completely mesmorised. By using similar production techniques to the other sweet wines, a new product appeared on the market. This was the beginning of Marsala’s global adventure. In 1880 Paolo Pellegrino, notary with a strong passion for grape growing, founded the company; Cantine Pellegrino, in few years, succeeded in transforming the family company into one of the most important wineries in Marsala, keeping this leading position until today. The history of the family and the company continue along parallel lines, and the experience in grape growing and wine making have had continuity with all the generations managing the company.