A variety with an oriental scent, whose name derives from the Arabic word “zabib” (sultana, raisin), and which is also known as Moscato di Alessandria, Moscato di Pantelleria and Moscatellone.
This variety produces a sweet or dry fragrant wine, typical of the island of Pantelleria, where since November 2014 the agricultural practice of bush-trained vine cultivation has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Indeed, on this island, a real “heroic feat of agriculture” is practised, capable of surviving over centuries in a harsh and arid land.
Although Zibibbo is not produced exclusively on Pantelleria – indeed, it is part of the varietal composition of other productions from the west of Sicily, such as those of Erice – it has certainly found its chosen land on this small island, and most of these grapes are grown on its characteristic terraces of Arab origin.
Its aromatic grapes are a promise of pleasure: large, pyramid-shaped and winged bunches, compact or spreading, characterised by fragrant pulp with an unmistakable aroma, like all Muscat grapes, which is suitable not only for wine production, but also for consumption as table grapes and sultanas.