The island of Mothia was first settled by the Phoenicians in the eighth century BC, marking it a flourishing settlement thanks to the island’s location. Its 40 hectares soon became one of the richest colonies of the Mediterranean.
On this Island, the destinies of two families, the Whitaker and Tasca d’Almerita, are interconnected by the backdrop of a unique ecosystem. Giuseppe Whitaker was an Anglo-Sicilian ornithologist. Conducting a series of excavations, he fell in love with Mothia and decided to spend the rest of his days here. After his death, his daughter Delia founded the Whitaker foundation, a no-profit organisation aimed to preserve the island’s natural and cultural heritage.
In 1904, the first nucleus of the Grillo variety was planted on the island. It was a blend of Catarratto and Zibibbo, to obtain a hybrid with mixed quality of both ancestors, creating a more aromatic Marsala. In 2007, the Whitaker Foundation hired Tasca d’Almerita to create a project for the promotion and recovery of Motha’s historic Grillo vineyards.