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Cantine Pellegrino

After the visit to the island of Mozia it was time to head back to Marsala and take a tour of a winery there. For more background info and history of Marsala see the entry Excursion Day - Part III : Marsala in my Erice - City of Peace and Science blog from 2014. The winery visited here in Marsala is a family owned business since 1880 called by the family namesake - Pellegrino. Here you can see some of the history of wine making in the area, and many of the traditions that are still practised today. There is opportunity for wine tasting and purchase of various wines here also. Grapes vineyards have been cultivated and wines produced in this region of Sicily going back to recorded history - centuries, millenia probably.

Cantine Pellegrino
Like many famous wine regions in the world, the natural climate has a large influence on the grapes grown that give wines their signature flavors. This part of western Sicily has low to moderate levels of seasonal rainfall, hot daytime temperatures and dry winds, so the vineyards don't need a lot of special treatment and thrive in this environment. The grapes in this regions are different from those in many other regions. There are a wide variety of wines made in the red, rose, and white variety, but the Marsala wines are what the area is most famous for. The native grapes, winemaking process and aging system (Soleras) combine to make them special. There are many different kinds of Marsala wine and usuallay characterized by their degree of sweetness, from dry to sweet. Marsala wine also comes in various grades too, some for cooking wine and others refined for sipping. In Italy, dry Marsala is enjoyed as an aperitivo and sweet Marsala for after dessert.
City center of Marsala

There was also some time to wander about in the city of Marsala, which is the 5th largest by population in Sicily. The Cathedral of Marsala is located in the center of the town, and is dedicated to St. Thomas of Canterbury. It was built in the 17th centurt on the site of a previous Normans building constructed in 1176. Interestingly, the facade of this church was completed only until relatively recently in 1956. This seems to be the case for these very ornate cathedrals which take forever to finish. Marsala is a pleasant place to walk around the streets, view the architecture of the place, and visit some some of the nice fountains along the way too.

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Cantine Pellegrino

What is Marsala Wine

concertmaster says:
Beautiful!! Bravo!
Posted on: Jun 11, 2016
spocklogic says:
Welcome to Marsala, the City of Wine!
Posted on: May 31, 2016
monkeymia79 says:
I would love to do a wine taste there. lol

Such beautiful buildings in the city centre.
Posted on: May 29, 2016
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Cantine Pellegrino
Cantine Pellegrino
Cantine Pellegrino
Cantine Pellegrino
City center of Marsala
City center of Marsala
Cantine Pellegrino
Cantine Pellegrino
Wine Barrels
Wine Barrels
Wine Barrels
Wine Barrels
Wine Barrels
Wine Barrels
Wine Barrels
Wine Barrels
Wine Barrels
Wine Barrels
Wine Barrel
Wine Barrel
Wine Barrel
Wine Barrel
Wine Barrels
Wine Barrels
Wine tasting
Wine tasting
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This has to be one of the worst p…
Nice photo from the winery website…
Nice photo from the winery websit…
Winery tower - looking down
Winery tower - looking down
winery tower - looking up
winery tower - looking up
Cathedral of Marsala
Cathedral of Marsala
Marsala architecture
Marsala architecture
Marsala architecture
Marsala architecture
Marsala Town Hall fountain - Regine
Marsala Town Hall fountain - Regine
Marsala Town Hall fountain - Regine
Marsala Town Hall fountain - Regine
Marsala Town Hall fountain - Brian
Marsala Town Hall fountain - Brian
Marsala
photo by: spocklogic