They are nourished by the salt that the wind impresses on their roots, but also by the burning soil heated by the sun. They are calm, surrounded in silence, waiting for the clever tenderness of man, who heroically protects and cultivates them, with techniques passed down from father to son. These are heroic gestures, that have allowed the cultivation of the Pantelleria sapling grapevine, to obtain the Unesco recognition as a World Heritage asset, as it is able to preserve the territory, in a sustainable and creative way.
After all, it couldn’t be otherwise in that land where vines and man grow in symbiosis with one another. Both are cowering down, almost kneeling upon the ground to kiss it, because this is the will of the wind and nature. The grapevines are bent and heated by the sun are, as the farmer bends down to cultivate and to harvest them by hand. But the generous land, repays this love and care with gifts of great value and in summer when the bunches ripen, the scent of zibibbo grapes mixes with the fresh sea breeze. And the scent becomes intense and intoxicating when the hand-harvested grape, dries under the sun, on special lattices. Zibibbo comes from Arabic zabib and it means raisin or dried grape.