2018 Donnafugata Ben Rye Passito di Pantelleria DOC

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Year 2018

Denomination Pantelleria DOC

Producer Donnafugata

Variety Zibibbo 100%

Alcohol 14.5%

Size 375ml

Serving temperature 10/12 °C

Type Sweet

Pairing Blue Cheese, Aged Cheese, Cake with fruit or with cream

Awards Platinum medal in the Decanter World Wine Awards 2019 competition

Color Almost coppery amber yellow

Aroma Intense fruity notes of apricot and dehydrated peach, dried figs, dates, honey and pleasant mineral scents

Taste Full, soft and enveloping, savoury and sweet with a very long apricot finish


Vinification Use of natural drying grapes in the sun for 20-30 days and addition, during the fermentation phase, of hand-picked raisins

Refinement 7 months in steel and 12 in bottle

A passion that is passed down from one generation to the next. After starting to work with wine due to his passion at the beginning of the 1960s, he has since dedicated his life to vine-growing, specializing in local grape varieties. Starting with few means but a lot of enthusiasm in a moment when quality and locally-grown where foreign concepts in Romagna, he was able, over time, to get others to know and appreciate his wines, especially abroad - so much that he is now considered a sort of ambassador of Sangiovese in the world.


"Our production process includes the value of experience mixed to state-of-the-art production techniques, showing every day passion and respect for a rigorous method that ensures the great quality of our products.

The decision to invest in the most advanced technology on the market proves the vision of a company that looks to the future, that wants to constantly innovate the family’s wine-making tradition, that continuously strives towards innovation and research."