Passito Wine: an Ancient Wine Seducing Women
The island of Pantelleria is one of the Mediterranean’s least-known holiday spots. Between Africa and Sicily, Pantelleria is a unique place where you will find Arabic forms and typical scents of Southern Italy. Read on to discover the Passito Wine.
The island is dominated by the four elements: the sea water, a deep clear blue sea, the land, so rich and green, the fire, that you cannot see, but that is still present in the underground, and the wind, “daughter of the wind “: this was the nickname the Arabs gave to Pantelleria.
The nature here is wild, a mix of sea and land tamed by farm terraces, where Zibibbo grape and capers, the speciality of the island, are grown. For wine lovers, Pantelleria is important because it is home to Passito di Pantelleria, one of Italy’s most celebrated sweet, dessert wines that is over a thousand years old.
Passito wines are increasingly gaining popularity even among non-experts. The reason is clear: the notes of their mellow flavour make them more and more popular especially among women.
To put you on the right track,here a list of the very best wineries that you absolutely must visit should you find yourself in Pantelleria.
Khamma Winery- Donnafugata
It’s undoubtedly one of the most popular labels in Sicily, which also produces the exquisite Ben Ryé (literally the “son of the wind”) in Pantelleria. The winery is located in a natural amphitheatre consisting of vineyards cultivated on small terraces, bordered by dry built lava stone walls.
In this magical place you can taste Donnafugata’s wines and admire the century old vineyard. Tasting of 3 wines produced from with Zibibbo grape from € 24. Moreover, it is possible to visit the Giardino Pantesco, FAI property, independently, after the tasting.
Marco De Bartoli Winery – Bukkuram
A gentle pre-dinner wine tasting in the cooler late afternoon or early evening is a wonderful way to spend a few hours. Admire the sun going down slowly, almost touching the Zibibbo saplings, while tasting the Bukkuram, an amazing Passito, rich in fruity notes.
Our tip: For dinner, remain in the area and go to Al Tramonto restaurant.
Here, you can taste the best local cuisine stylishly revisited on a terrace with a lovely view of the sea. The perfectly happy ending to a perfect day.
Azienda Agricola Emanuela Bonomo Winery
The farm of Emanuela Bonomo is an individual business, and was founded primarily as an agricultural company for the cultivation of Zibibbo grapes, capers, olives, oregano, fruit and vegetables. In summer it is possible to try the delicacies on the terrace with breathtaking views.
Coste Ghirlanda Winery
Coste Ghirlanda is immersed in a natural setting of extraordinary beauty from whose coasts on clear days you can see Tunisia.Coste Ghirlanda cultivates vineyards, olive trees, caper plants and fruit trees in three distinct estates, located in different areas of the island. For a magical evening: The Wine Laboratory .
You will be immersed in the silence of Pantellerian nights and the perfumes of the vineyards before the harvest, where you can enjoy a special evening surrounded by unspoiled nature and a breathtaking starlit sky.
Pantelleria Hotels – Where to Stay
Best luxury hotel: Sikelia Luxury Resort 5*
An artistic and emotional experience
Featuring free WiFi and a free-form outdoor pool, Sikelia Luxury Hotel is an adult-only property located in Scauri on the island of Pantelleria. Sikelia houses 20 Suites, all different in conformation, and which all share the same stylish design, meticulous attention to detail and style coherence. It also houses an emotional cuisine to nourish the soul, with the flavours and scents of this land nestled in the heart of the Mediterranean, accompanied by wines gently shaped by the sea and the wind.
Rooms from € 390/night
Best mid-range hotel: Dammusi Sciuvechi Resort
A perfect place to relax and admire nature
The Sciuvechi offers self-catering accommodation in typical dammusi, stone houses unique of Pantelleria. The Resort is in a natural reserve 700 m from the sea. Dammusi at the Sciuvechi Resort have a veranda with views of the sea. On clear days you can see the African coastline.The Sciuvecchi Resort has an outdoor swimming pool surrounded by vineyards, capers and ancient olive groves.
Rooms from € 140/night
Best budget hotel: Pantelleria Dream 4*
Amazing location overlooking the sea
Offering 2 outdoor pools with panoramic views and a sun terrace, Pantelleria Dream provides accommodation in traditional stone Dammuso houses, each with a private terrace and sea views.
Guests can sip a traditional Passito dessert wine in the bar overlooking the Mediterranean or have lunch and dinner at the property’s restaurant. A generous buffet breakfast is served daily.
Rooms from € 69/night
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