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Marsala(märsä`lä), city (1991 pop. 80,177), W Sicily, Italy, a port on the Mediterranean Sea, located on Cape Boeo. It is noted for its sweet wine. The ancient LilybaeumLilybaeum
, ancient city of Sicily, on the extreme western coast. It is the modern Marsala. It was founded (396 B.C.) by Carthage and became a stronghold. In the First Punic War it resisted a long Roman siege (250–242 B.C.). Rome finally won (241 B.C.
..... Click the link for more information. , it was later renamed Marsah al Allah [port of God] by the Arabs. In 1860, Garibaldi landed there at the start of his successful campaign to conquer the kingdom of the Two Sicilies.
a city and port in Italy on the western coast of Sicily, in the province of Trapani. Population, 82,700 (1968). Marsala is a wine-making center (producing the dessert wine Marsala) and center of the fishing industry. There is flour milling, macaroni production, and cork processing. Wine, fruit, vegetables, sea salt, and tuff are exported.
a strong grape dessert wine containing 16-20 percent alcohol and 3-16 percent sugar. Marsala tastes like Madeira, but it is sweeter. The wine has been made for a long time in Sicily near the city of Marsala. It is distinguished by its tarry flavor, which was derived from the tarred casks in which it was transported in the hold of ships. This tarry flavor is now achieved by adding thoroughly boiled must. The best Soviet Marsala has an alcoholic content of 18 percent and a sugar content of 7 percent and is made in the Turkmen SSR from Terbash and Kara Uzium grapes. The wine is aged at least three years.