For its incredible soil and climate characteristics, Pantelleria has developed its own particular agricultural style over the last few centuries. Among the main crops of the island, the grapevine stands out, masterfully trained as an “alberello” sapling — so much so that in 2014, it was recognized by UNESCO as one of the intangible assets of humanity “Beni immateriali dell’umanità” for its historical and cultural values. The landscape of our island is in fact strongly modeled by the way vineyards are cultivated in layered terraces overlooking the sea. To protect the vines from the wind, winemakers cultivate their vines very low to the ground, sheltered in soil basins that can eventually retain moisture for the plant.
The main grape varietal cultivated on the island is the Zibibbo also known as Moscato d’Alessandria, an aromatic variety of Arab origin from which the passito di Pantelleria is created and excellent white wines are also produced. Zibibbo can be eaten as a freshly picked fruit, dried into raisins or made into wine. From August 17-22, the Doc Pantelleria consortium celebrates this incredible combination of humans and nature by opening the cantinas and winecellars of the island for visits and tastings.
We are waiting for you (with a glass of wine!) in our Dammusi.