The Unesco inscription
UNESCO has recognized the historical and cultural value, as well as the identity, of this ancient process and such recognition could revive the production of Zibibbo and give impulse to the recovery of abandoned vineyards, convincing young people to stay instead of seeking opportunities outside the island. The UNESCO recognition might foster a renaissance of the outstanding quality wine Pantelleria Passito, brought worldwide by major brands as Donnafugata.
Today Zibibbo is also cultivated in Sicily, with particular success in the area of Mazara del Vallo and in the WWF nature reserve "Gorghi Tondi" whose grapes produce a dry wine of great value, ideal for pairing with oysters and white meat fish; among these wines, the Rajah of the Gorghi Tondi estate has won many international awards. From Zibibbo grapes not only the dry Zibibbo wine is obtained, but also the Moscato di Pantelleria.
Characteristics of the grape
From Zibibbo vine not only the zibibbo wines are obtained but also, for example, the famous Moscato and Passito di Pantelleria; because of its renowned sweetness, the product is also used as a blending wine, especially for of northern Italian wines, which are often deficient in sugar content and aroma.
Zibibbo is a wine with a bright, golden yellow colour. The scent is pleasant and fruity, with hints of almond and apricot, while the taste is sweet, aromatic and with a typical almond aftertaste. The alcohol content of the wine is a minimum of 10° and is strictly served cold, at a temperature between 8 and 12°C.
As for pairings, as well as being used as an aperitif, Zibibbo is perfect with fish and shellfish, as well as tasty cheeses and blue cheeses. Thanks to its composition, however, its ideal match is with desserts, especially traditional Sicilian cannoli, cassata, almond paste, but also pistachio-based desserts and ice cream.
- The UNESCO Inscription: Traditional agricultural practice of cultivating the 'vite ad alberello' (head-trained bush vines) of the community of Pantelleria
- A video in English: Traditional agricultural practice of the community of Pantelleria