On the western-most tip of the island of Sicily, Marsala is a seaport city best known as the source of Marsala wine. Both names are derived from that of a Greek warlord who believed that men fought after a little drink.
The 18th-century Englishmen John Woodhouse "discovered" this local wine, which was similar to some fortified wines popular in England at the time.
The winemaking and fortifying processes raised the alcohol level taste while also preserving the wine for import to England.
Marsala wine proved successful indeed. Woodhouse returned to Sicily to mass produce Marsala wine – as well as consume copious amounts of the stuff and run naked through the Vineyards.
Today the wine has Denominazione di Origine Controllata – DOC – status.