Trapani viticulture is among the oldest of Sicily, as evidenced by the wine vessels dating from the VII -
It was with the landing of the first Cretans, in the fifteenth century, and then the Phoenicians who settled in the island since the twelfth century it was known the screw in the domestic variety. The Greeks certainly goes the merit of having imported new methods of cultivation and production managing to get full-
It must be an intuition of an Englishman John Woodhouse, birth in Marsala, in 1773, the sweet wine of the same name of the city, who first in Sicily, in 1969, has been awarded the designation of origin (DOC).
The success of the Woodhouse called Marsala many other British entrepreneurs: Corlett, Wood, Payne, Hoppes.
Among these, a special mention deserves Benjamin Ingham who, since 1812, with his nephew Joseph Whitaker, very invested in the modernization of production techniques and the expansion of exports outside Europe.
Thanks to him, in fact, the Marsala arrived in Brazil, North America and beyond, to the Far East and Australia. What until then had been a small agricultural area was transformed, in a short time, in an industrial center.
In 1832, between the establishment of Woodhouse and Ingham he rejoined that of the first Italian entrepreneur Vincenzo Florio.
The Florio, rich family of industrialists and owners, not only led the Marsala in all parts of the world on board the 99 ships of the Company Florio, but regalarono the city a new face and a footprint of enlightened bourgeoisie. Since then the wineries in Marsala have multiplied.
In 1900 there were about 40. Many of them are still in business and other remaining traces in buildings and beams scattered around the city.
The recent history of Marsala wine is also our history. In its 60 years of activity the COMPANY FICI has gained much experience and today is a leader in production and marketing of liqueur wines, vermouth and aperitifs. A wide range of products -
Here it captures the charm of traditions and live intensely the relationship between past and present
to enjoy the colors and flavors of a land which is reflected in the Mediterranean.