Zibibbo is a very ancient white grape variety (it comes from Egypt), belonging to the Moscati family. Its name comes from the Arabic word zabīb (زبيب), which means "raisins" or "raisin". It was first transplanted to Pantelleria by the Phoenicians. It is no coincidence that in Italy it is grown in Sicily .
What kind of wine is Zibibbo?
Zibibbo is an aromatic vine, like Gewürztraminer, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. It is used both for the production of dry and sparkling wines, but above all of sweet wines, such as Moscato Passito di Pantelleria .
Zibibbo has an intense golden color. The nose stands out for its hints of apricots, honey and white flowers , especially those of acacia. On the palate it is sweet, full-bodied, with good flavor and acidity, and long persistence.
Zibibbo is the ideal accompaniment to fish and seafood , but it is also excellent to accompany white meats , seasoned and blue cheeses . It goes without saying that it is delicious with traditional Sicilian pastry desserts!
Passito or fortified Zibibbo should be served at a temperature of 8-10°C in the classic dessert tulip, while dry wines in white wine glasses, at 10-12°C .