n geologists' opinion, Pantelleria is a young isle of less than two-hundred-thousand
years. Born of sea and fire, Pantelleria rose from submerged magma
in the marine abysses of the Sicilian Channel, at a depth of two-thousand
and is part of the volcanic region stretching from North-Africa (Tibesti,
Lybia) to Sicily (Ragusa, Capo Passero, Hyblean Mountains, Etna).
In fact, the isle is a shining volcanic stone lying in the middle
of the Mediterranean
Sea, between two continents, Africa and Europe.
The volcanic soils, the dry-stone walls and many other similitudes of the isle
with the Etnean region, have attracted Azienda Benanti here, since the
beginning of its viticultural activity, to produce the famous and particular
Passito di Pantelleria, awarded at Denominazione di Origine Controllata
in 1971, but produced on the isle since ancient times.