Malvasia delle Lipari Passito DOC

Internationally renowned artist and designer Carlo Hauner, Sr. began his winemaking endeavor in 1963, after falling in love with its natural beauty and by the locals’ ancient practice of harvesting Malvasia grapes in mid-September, then drying them on outdoor racks for a couple of weeks, until the Mediterranean sunlight lent the fruit amazing concentration and fragrance.
Hauner was so intrigued, that he bought 20 hectares (49 acres) on Salina, replanting them with vineyard terraces overhanging the sea. He learned everything there was to know about the wine, and started making his own, fueled also by his own intuition and creativity. In the 1980s, he inaugurated a brand-new winery in Lingua, in the municipality of Santa Marina Salina, with temperature-controlled equipment, stainless steel vats and tanks, oak barrels and barriques. The winery helped bring great attention from critics, wine writers, enologists, other growers and the media: Carlo Hauner had triggered a renaissance not only of the islands’ most celebrated wine but of the island itself. In February 1996, the founder’s demise did not put an end to the winery’s exceptional story thanks to his dynamic son, Carlo Hauner, Jr., who is flanked by general manager Gianfranco Sabbatino.

Hauner’s flagship wine, his first love. Unique, inimitable, lush. Late-harvested grapes dry on traditional mats during the day and in the cellar at night. The original “nectar of the gods” and where the Hauner story began. Native grapes Malvasia delle Lipari and Corinto Nero are grown on Salina in elevated vineyards with volcanic soil and excellent exposure. The grapes macerate for a short period before being vinified in stainless steel and then in bottle. The color of light caramel with a fragrant inviting nose of apricot, fig and honey. Lingering flavor that invites the second (and third) sip.

Wine exported to

Hong Kong, Canada, USA, Australia

Most recent awards

  • 2017 | Vini Buoni d'ItaliaCorona
  • 2016 | Wine Enthusiast91
  • 2016 | Wine Advocate91
  • 2014 | Vinous93
  • 2011 | Gambero Rosso3 Bicchieri
  • 2009 | James Suckling96
Grape Varieties:

95% Malvasia delle Lipari, 5% Corinto Nero

Fermentation container:

Stainless steel

Length of alcoholic fermentation:

6 days

Type of yeast:

Selected yeast

Fermentation temperature:

16 °C (60.8 °F)

Malolactic fermentation:


Fining agent:


Aging containers:

Stainless steel

Bottling period:


Aging before bottling:

18 months

Aging in bottle:

6 months


Natural Cork



Vineyard name:


Vineyard location:

On the islands of Salina, off the coast of Sicily

Vineyard size:

12 hectares (30 acres)

Soil composition:

Volcanic soil

Vine training:



400 meters (1,300 feet) above sea level

Vine density:

2,430 vines per acre





Years planted:


Age of vines:

25 years old

Time of harvest:


First vintage of this wine:


Total yearly production (in bottles):


Tasting notes:

Superb concentration; one of those rare wines whose high sugar content is sustained by splendid freshness, making it ideally balanced. Characterized by the classic drying process or appassimento that represents one of Salina’s most ancient traditions.

Serving temperature:

Best enjoyed at 8-10 °C (46.4-50 °F).

Food pairings:

Excellent with creamy desserts such as tiramisu and English trifle. Also pairs well with sharp cheese blue-veined cheese, like Gorgonzola or Stilton.

Aging potential:

10 years


Alcohol cont.: 13% by vol.; dry extract: 37.8 g/L; total acidity: 6; residual sugar: 130 g/L; pH: 3.36


Fabrizio Zardini