Sicily produces some excellent sweet wines, of which the most famous is the Moscato di Pantelleria, made from Zibbibo, and the Moscato di Siracusa, made from the white Muscat grape. The sweet Malvasia wine is produced on the island of Lipari. Made from grapes with high sugar content, dessert wines have experienced a resurgence in popularity thanks to modern cuisine. Usually served as a digestive, dessert wines also go splendidly with certain main dishes and entrées.
Historical wine of the Aeolian Islands, Malvasia delle Lipari passita by Caravaglio is a not cloying sweet dessert wine made from Malvasia delle Lipari grapes with a small percentage of Corinto Nero grapes. Tradition and innovation for this passito suitable both for closing the meal and for open it, served cold.
Produced by Marco De Bartoli for the first time in 1984, Bukkuram, from the Arabic for "father of the vineyard", is an extraordinary Passito of Pantelleria. Obtained from Zibibbo grapes dried in the sun according to ancient tradition, Bukkuram is a natural sweet wine that Marco considered the nectar of the gods due to its sweetness.
The Ecrù is a natural sweet wine of unusual finesse, produced from Zibibbo grapes. The uniqueness of the L'Ecrù Passito is given by the method of infusing the raisin grapes into the wine, without prolonged, interrupted and distributed fermentation. The grapes in contact with the wine swell and release their aromas for a passito of incomparable balance. On the palate the aromatic notes of orange blossom and lemongrass manifest themselves and are delicately combined with the aroma of dates and orange peel.
Produced for the first time in 1980, Vecchio Samperi is a wine without equal. It is the wine of the pre-British Marsala tradition, the "wine of Marsala" which could not be called Marsala because it is not fortified as required by the Marsala Vergine specification. To make Vecchio Samperi, the De Bartolis use the ancient perpetuum aging method (similar to Solera system) that, through the addition of some new, young wine to wines that are already being aged in barrels, allows to create a harmonious blend of different vintages, with a unique and inimitable taste.
It belongs to the ''Terra Nera'' category on the hills of the Trapani hinterland, an ideal habitat for the cultivation of both red and white grape vines.
Marsala Vergine has a golden yellow color tending towards amber. The bouquet is as complex and intriguing as its history, made up of work in the fields and peregrinations by sea, the scent of contaminations and perspectives, of shared rituals and dreams come true.
It belongs to the family of the ''Terra Nera'', on the hills of the Trapani hinterland. Soil type rich in silty-clayey substances, compact and resistant to drought in the area. Perfect for growing both red and white grapes.
This wine is perfect to combine both with medium-aged cheeses and with dry pastries and fruit-based desserts.