The traditional practice of Pantelleria’s Alberello vine belongs to the winemakers and farmers of the island in the province of Trapani.
As many as 5,000 inhabitants of the island own land and cultivate it using sustainable methods and in several stages.
First of all, the land is leveled and then a cavity is dug inside which the Alberello vine is planted.
The main stem of the vine is then pruned in order to produce six branches, forming a thicket with a radial arrangement.
The practice sometimes has to interface with difficult climatic conditions, but it is an extremely important “social” practice for islanders, who value maintaining and passing on the tradition from generation to generation.
The grapes of the vine in Alberello di Pantelleria are harvested strictly by hand during a ritual event that begins in late July, keeping the rituals and festivals organized until September, thus allowing the local community to share this social practice with which they continue to identify.