In recent years, Carole Bouquet has a vineyard on the island of Pantelleria where she produces the island’s famous sweet white wine ‘Passito’. Bouquet succeeded in buying small parcels of land from over 70 peasants on the island in order to revive the making of Passito wine from Pantelleria.
The wine is made with a variety called Muscat d’Alexandrie, locally named Zibibbo(meaning “grape to dry”).Aromas are very strong and these grapes show a great resistance to climatic elements. Vines grow in many different levels in the vineyard called “en terrasses”, and are surrounded by little walls in stones in order to protect the vineyard of the wind. In Pantelleria, the wind blows about 321 days of year. Grapes are hand-picked, then once selected, are laid in the soil to follow a natural dry process by the sun. This operation is also called “passerillage”. From two or three weeks after the natural drying process, grapes are added to a fermentation wine in order to upgrade the sugar stage. After the fermentations and once cleared, the wine is bottled.