Melillo is a private brand produced from a cellar near Palermo in Sicily for Jack Poust & Co in New York. It has been a part of Poust’s and Roanoke Valley’s portfolio for a very long time and offer great value, particularly by having it bottled in one liter glass.
Authentic marsala wine originated and is still produced in the area around the Northeast coast of Sicily, near Palermo. Three grape varieties are used; Inzolia, Grillo and Cataratto. Actually Marsala was popularized around 1760 almost by accident when John Woodhouse, an English Wine Merchant, shipped some of his light table wine from Sicily. Before the barrels left the island Woodhouse added some brandy to each cask to brace the Marsala for the voyage to London. The once uninteresting table wine took well to the strengthening and within a few years the making of fortified Marsala became firmly established on the island.