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Passito di Pantelleria Wine

Passito di Pantelleria is an Italian DOC for Moscato wines made from dried grapes grown in Italy's most southerly territory, the island of Pantelleria. Situated just 45 miles (70km) from the north-east coast of Tunisia, in northern Africa, this volcanic island lies at a latitude of 36 degrees north and is home to some of Europe's most southerly vineyards; only those in Crete and Cyprus lie closer to the equator.

The coat of arms of Pantelleria

Pantelleria is a satellite island of Sicily (as is Lipari, on the northern side of the Sicilian 'mainland') and for many centuries has contributed to the island's enviable reputation for sweet wine production. The wines are even referred to in ancient mythology; the goddess Tanit is said to have seduced Apollo, on the advice of Venus, by serving him Muscat wine from the island. The wine was barely heard of outside the island's close-knit community for nearly 2000 years after the myth's original circulation, and was not exported even to Italy until the 1880s. It finally gained a formal place in the modern Italian wine system when both Moscato di Pantelleria and its Passito di Pantelleria variant were granted DOC status in August 1971. It was the third Sicilian wine style to gain a DOC title, after Etna (August 1968) and Marsala (April 1969).

These ancient wines are made from the Muscat of Alexandria grape, a Muscat almost as widely planted as its better-known cousin (Muscat Blanc a Petit Grains) but generally considered inferior, not just because of its susceptibility to disease but also due to its pungent muskiness. Muscat of Alexandria is thought to have originated around the Nile Delta, near the Egyptian city of Alexandria. In Sicily it is called Zibibbo, which means 'raisin' in Arabic, adding weight to this suggested provenance. Another synonym is Muscat Romain, which it earned due to its distribution around the Mediterranean by the Romans.

Wines made from dried grapes (for which passito is the Italian term) have existed for thousands of years, immortalized by the writers of the ancient world. It is most likely that the tradition came about as a solution to wine-conservation challenges: the higher sugar and alcohol content of the resulting wines made the chances of spoilage much lower. The practice is still in force in the modern wine world, most notably in Italy (e.g. Amarone and Recioto della Valpolicella) and France (Vin de Paille from Jura and Hermitage) but also in Cyprus (the famous Commandaria from the island's foothills) and Greece. The key difference today is that the wines are made in this way for entirely hedonistic reasons rather than practical ones.

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We found 31 wines produced in this region.
Wine Name
Grape 
Popularity
Donnafugata Ben Rye Passito di Pantelleria, Sicily, Italy Muscat of Alexandria $62 1539
Cantine Pellegrino Passito di Pantelleria, Sicily, Italy Muscat of Alexandria $27 8452
Marco De Bartoli Bukkuram 'Padre della Vigna' Passito di Pantelleria, Sicily, Italy Muscat of Alexandria $85 13225
Carole Bouquet Sangue d'Oro Passito di Pantelleria, Sicilia, Italy Muscat of Alexandria $64 24885
Cantine Florio Passito di Pantelleria, Sicily, Italy Muscat of Alexandria $44 29089
Cantine Pellegrino Duca di Castelmonte NES Passito di Pantelleria, Sicily, Italy Muscat of Alexandria $35 31248
Abraxas Passito di Pantelleria, Sicilia, Italy Muscat of Alexandria $59 40645
Ferrandes Passito di Pantelleria, Sicily, Italy Muscat of Alexandria $66 42763
Salvatore Murana Martingana Moscato Passito di Pantelleria, Sicily, Italy Muscat of Alexandria $86 45136
Miceli Moscato Passito di Pantelleria Yanir, Sicily, Italy Muscat of Alexandria $25 49273
Cantine Pellegrino Duca di Castelmonte Passito di Pantelleria, Sicily, Italy Muscat of Alexandria $17 49768
Cantine Colosi Passito di Pantelleria, Sicily, Italy Muscat of Alexandria $34 55531
Abraxas Scirafi Passito di Pantelleria, Sicilia, Italy Muscat of Alexandria $28 63147
Salvatore Murana Khamma Moscato Passito di Pantelleria, Sicily, Italy Muscat of Alexandria $66 64059
Solidea Passito di Pantelleria, Sicily, Italy Muscat of Alexandria $35 64059
Rallo Passito di Pantelleria, Sicily, Italy Muscat of Alexandria $32 72420
Marco De Bartoli Passito di Pantelleria, Sicily, Italy Muscat of Alexandria $34 79137
Salvatore Murana Creato Passito di Pantelleria, Sicily, Italy Muscat of Alexandria $416 82306
Benanti Coste di Mueggen Passito di Pantelleria, Sicily, Italy Muscat of Alexandria $42 85801
Azienda Agricola D'Ancona Cimillya Passito di Pantelleria, Sicily, Italy Muscat of Alexandria $59 87653
Cantine Florio Zighidi Passito di Pantelleria Liquoroso, Sicily, Italy Muscat of Alexandria $22 89613
Tenute Guicciardini Strozzi Coste di Kuddia Kammeo Passito di Pantelleria, Sicily, Italy Muscat of Alexandria $27 98697
Miceli Moscato Passito di Pantelleria Nun, Sicily, Italy Muscat of Alexandria $30 107241
Cantine Calatrasi Passito di Pantelleria, Sicily, Italy Muscat of Alexandria $30 118392
Buffa Passito di Pantelleria, Sicily, Italy Muscat of Alexandria $47 171566
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