Ustica is an island of volcanic origin located in northern part of the coast of Palermo; thanks to its characteristics the territory is surprisingly fertile and, moreover, since 1982 is the home of one of the first Marine Reserves of Italy.
In this unique island surrounded by the Mediterranean sea, there is the Hibiscus farm, the only producer of wines in the area. Founded by Nicola Longo in the 80s, Hibiscus is now managed by Margherita Longo together with his partner Vito Barbera, and extends for about 10 hectares in various districts north of the island, about 200 meters from the sea.
The wine born in their small but well-equipped winery comes straight from the island soul, the sea nearby, the sun and the wind blowing over the ancient volcano. Their favourite varieties are the autochthonous Sicilian ones from which we make three labels of white wine, a red one and a Zibibbo muscat wine, Zhabib, a typical top-quality product of the isle along with the lentils of Ustica that have been a Slow Food Presidium for 15 years and a “jewel” of the farm, grown according to certified organic techniques. They are proud of the museum of our peasant and marine culture, set up near the area for tasting the wine with the help of our “Centro studi e documentazione Isola di Ustica”.
The farm, in fact, includes an olive grove on the mainland, on the hills between Erice and Valderice, in the province of Trapani, not far from the sea. The organic techniques follow the guidelines of the European Regulations and they have been awarded the CCPB certificate. The farm takes photovoltaic energy from the panels on the roof of the agriturismo areas.
The ‘Igt Terre Siciliane Zhabib 2018’ by The Farm Hibiscus from Ustica (Pa) and The Vinos de Andorra Escol Vino Altitud Bio 2010, from Borda Sabaté 1944, by Sant Julia de Loria (Andorra). There are the two wines that won the 2019 Grand Prix by Mondial des Vins Extrêmes, the International competition dedicated to heroic wines organized by Cervim, held in the Aosta Valley.
Written by: Adam Antonino Tranchina