Cantine Pellegrino is a famous name in the world of wine from Sicily. The family business was founded in 1880 by Paolo Pellegrino Marsala. Meanwhile Pellegrino grown into a company with a total size of 400 hectares of vineyards owned, divided over the best parts of the island, especially in the western part. More than 60 percent is destined for domestic consumption, the rest goes abroad. Already in Roman times, Sicily was a major wine producer. Southern Italy was called 'Oenotria' (wine country).
Sicily’s reputation as a food and wine paradise has remained intact for more than 3,000 years. Beginning with the Greeks, who arrived on the eastern part of Sicily in the 8th century BCE, the idea of methodical grapegrowing practices for the purpose of quality winemaking firmly took root on the island. As the centuries passed, Phoenicians and Romans traded Sicilian wines based on their power and their distinctive qualities. The best vines were propagated, viticulture developed, and thus Sicilian wines were promoted on and off the island. Today, we see the fruits of these labors.
Though many things have changed, most of Sicily’s indigenous grape varieties and time-honored winegrowing traditions continue to play an important role. Thanks to meticulous vineyard tending and gentle grape handling in Sicily’s wineries, Sicilia DOC wines feature the medley of flavors that Sicily has been known for since ancient times and which represent some of the best wines of Italy.
(Source: Wines of Sicily and Cantine Pellgrino Italy)