Abbazia San Giorgio - Pantelleria (Siciliane IGP)

Pantelleria is a very special island. The black volcanic cone lost in the Mediterranean between Sicily and Africa is an expression of an intense character and a strong identity that can be found even in the simplest agricultural products.

There are certain people who revere this identity and unknowingly embody the soul of Pantelleria. One is Battista Belvisi, farmer and winemaker. In 2015, together with Beppe Fontana, traveling gourmet and chef, they formed what was then a small winery called Abbazia San Giorgio. Three and a half hectares of vineyards located on the outskirts of the village of Khamma, in the south-eastern part of the island.

Divided into small plots 900 feet above sea level, the vines are an average of 60 years old. Two thirds are grown with Zibibbo grapes, while the remaining are Carignano, Grillo, Nerello Mascalese, Alicante and Pignatello (known to the natives as (Nostrale). The vines are trained in the traditional local practice of vite ad alberello, a technique that includes on UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, the first of its kind to receive this prestigious distinction.