Primus becomes the first Maltese premium wine made from the indigenous variety Ġellewża.
Anthony Cassar, sets up a wine merchant business back in 1919 with very little and against all odds builds a very strong enterprise.
Along with his brother George, they start buying grapes and machinery to press their own wine, this decision was a catalyst to what was yet to come.
Anthony Cassar parts ways from his brother and creates Anthony Cassar & Son. Just before World War II he risks everything by investing more in his business, a make it or break it decision which proves to be successful.
A young Joe Cassar joins his father's business. He is determined to raise the bar of wine production in Malta to one of better quality.
Marsovin was incorporated in 1956 as a family-run company which would grow to become a significant part of the history of winemaking in Malta.
Marsovin are the first to invest in temperature controlled fermentation vats. This was of paramount importance to quality winemaking in Malta.
Marsovin were the first to introduce the use of glass bottles. Wine started being branded and bottled in a modern way.
Marsovin plants the first Cabernet Sauvignon vines ever grown in Malta. What follows is the release of the first official Maltese estate wine - The 1974 vintage La Valette Cabernet Sauvignon.
Tony Cassar takes the reins of the winery. He brings together the entrepreneurial spirit of his grandfather and the modernising aspect of his father.
Marsovin invest in 5 estates around Malta and Gozo specifically intended and selected for premium winemaking.
The Marsovin Cellars are inaugurated, situated in a historic building built by the Knights of St John. Today over 250 oak barrels are used to age Marsovin's Premium Single Estate Wines.
Now in its fourth generation, Jeremy Cassar heads the Marsovin Winery. He bears the responsibility of taking the winery beyond a century of achievements and towards the creation of new top quality wines.
The very best of Marsovin’s grapes, vines and terroir; unique every vintage but always truly exceptional, have been brought together to create this wine. The desire to nurture the winery’s exceptional qualities has shaped Marsovin’s philosophy over the past 100 years.
This wine is a cuvée of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and Ġellewża Imqadded, a faithful expression of a unique blend developed to portray the very best of the 2017 vintage.
A Tribute to the Culture of Wine, Our Passion Since 1919.
To commemorate this special occasion, Marsovin has produced a series of limited edition large format bottles, all bottled by hand at the winery, yielding 10,300 bottles in 75cl, 600 Magnums (1.5 litres) , 300 Double Magnums (3 litres), 180 Jeroboams (5 litres) and 30 Melchiors (18 litres).
Given the extraordinary ageing-potential enabled by large-format bottles, the wine barrel ageing and the label design elements which have been decorated directly on the glass in lieu of traditional paper labels, this wine may be cellared for years to come.
After months of research, the suitable glass decorator was selected, who was able to execute to perfection the demanding and high standards of bottle printing which Marsovin set out to achieve.
The intrinsic fine details of the design and the elegant gold finish and embossing, called for custom-made tools and work of the utmost precision. The particularly complex method for firing the gold followed by protective lacquers produce a prestigious looking texture and an incomparable capacity to capture light.
The Marsovin Story
To commemorate this special occasion Marsovin have commissioned renowned Maltese writer Victor Calleja to write a book about the history of Marsovin from inception to date.
The author has thoroughly researched historic accounts, company archives and has also interviewed people to give their account on their recollections about Marsovin and the Cassar Family.