SICILY

It has been found that wine production has started as early as 1,500 BC when the Mycenaean traders cultivated grapes and when the Greeks originally came in the 8th century BC.  In later times, John Woodhouse in 1773 started producing a local wine by adding alcohol and creating one of their most famous products, Marsala. Eventually their popularity began to diminish as Vincenzo Florio began producing more vineyards and the age of the Marsala ended. Today, with huge grape variety and fertile soil, the Sicilians are producing some of the top wines in the country, including 23 DOC zones and one DOCG wine, Cerasuolo di Vittoria.