This has been a great year for Ben Ryé: Donnafugata’s Passito di Pantelleria achieved the highest recognition of all the most important Italian wine guides; from Gambero Rosso to Doctor Wine, from Veronelli to Slow Wine, from Bibenda to Maroni, from Vini Buoni d’Italia to Vitae. A unanimous accolade that places Ben Ryè at the top of the Italian fine wines and emphasizes the uniqueness of this iconic wine.
According to international reviews, the Ben Ryé stands as a benchmark among the most prestigious sweet wines. In 2022 The iconic Donnafugata Passito di Pantelleria obtained important recognitions from the magazine Falstaff, high scores from Vinous and Wine Spectator, and finally it was showcased in two special vertical tastings, one by James Suckling and another one, in London, run by Gabriele Gorelli, Master of Wine, together with Josè Rallo and Pietro Russo from Donnafugata.
“Our Ben Ryé – Antonio Rallo from Donnafugata states – is born in Pantelleria, an island known by its challenging natural conditions such as lack of water sources, strong winds or steep slopes. The vine is trained as “Alberello Pantesco” (low-bush vine); all the agricultural practices need a lot of manual work from the pruning to the destemming of raisins, including the maintenance of 40km of dry lava stone walls in our 68 hectares of vineyards. A heroic viticulture to which Donnafugata has been dedicating for over 30 years and the results achieved this year reward our team’s commitment – Antonio Rallo concludes – to whom we express our gratitude.”