Pantelleria is a small piece of paradise on Earth between Sicily and Tunisia, a marvelous island with natural beauties and a breathtaking environment with a wild and shocking nature.
The island was created by the eruption of an underwater volcano and was named Cossyra by the Greeks. Lava rock cliffs overlooking the sea, sea stacks, dry-stone walls, dammusi (typical buildings), prickly pear, caper cultivations with an intense aroma and last but not least the Pantelleria alberello vine (also called Alberello Pantesco), UNESCO heritage: the Zibibbo grapes harvested from these one-of-a-kind vineyards represent the raw material for the vinification of the refined Passito di Pantelleria.
The volcanic activity that once was considerable, today is exhibited through the thermal springs, natural saunas and steam that comes out from the rocks.
Those who love nature should visit Pantelleria in April and May, when it’s possible to admire the fields that resemble a color palate enhanced by the black lava rock. During the rest of the year palm trees and cacti remind us of the proximity to the Tropics. The island is located six navigation hours from the south-western coast of Sicily, where the Mandrarossa vineyards lusciously extend on the hills overlooking the sea.
From these hills it’s possible to see on a clear day the three peaks of Pantelleria, magically appearing on the horizon. As if Mandrarossa was being invited to cross the sea and start new projects on this island stuck in time, world renowned for its seductive Passito made from the native Zibibbo grapes.
In the Karuscia district, on the inner slope of the island with a north-eastern exposure and the perfect position thanks to its cool summer winds that help alleviate the heat during the warmest days, we selected two hectares of this variety. The resulting wine will be seductive, fragrant and intense, a contemporary interpretation of “Pantelleria’s yellow gold” that captivated the Carthaginians when they reached the island in 200 B.C.