In 1773, a shipwreck forced an English merchant called John Woodhouse to land at Marsala. Business dismissed the tempest : he sent 52 pipes (i.e. around 20.000 l.) of wine to Liverpool, adding some more alcohol to the barrels, well aware of the English sweet tooth for madera, sherry or port. Vincenzo Florio was the first Italian to try his luck, so well that his family was later invited to Queen Victoria's funeral. All that and much more told by an incredibly energetic 38 yr young Italian lady, both charming and ruthless. She knows... Impressive winery tour, with a final degustation of four different wines & more in small bowls (15€) and a dazzling boutique.