In the Italian language, Donnafugata means "fleeing woman". The story goes that in the late 19th century the Queen Maria Carolina after her flight from the court of Naples took refuge in the heart of Belice Valley in Sicily. This event inspired the image of the head of a woman, her hair tossed about by the wind and the Estate name.
Donnafugata grew out of the commitment of a family in Sicily that has always believed in the extraordinary enological potential of its land and has 150 years of experience in producing premium wines. Convinced that it is always necessary to be open to change in order to grow and improve, Giacomo Rallo and his wife, Gabriella, launched a new production project in 1983: Donnafugata.
Their adventure took wing from the family’s historic cellars in Marsala and the vineyards at Contessa Entellina in the heart of western Sicily and soared as far as the island of Pantelleria.
Their children, José and Antonio, joined them and the house accelerated its march along the path of Extreme Quality: a project that focused on attention to detail, which clears the way for entrepreneurial decisions that ever more advanced objectives.
As for the future, the young Gabriella and Ferdinando are already being "fully immersed" in the family’s activities.
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The color is bright golden with amber glints; to the nose it shows notes of apricot, fig, date, candied citrus and Mediterranean maquis. In the mouth its sweetness is perfectly balanced by freshness and minerality. Very long aromatic persistence. A wine of great complexity, harmony and elegance,... more
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Distinct aromas of fruits and a good balance characterize this Anthìlia 2011. The vintage displays pleasant complexity and aromatic crispness. Notes of white flowers merge with white peach and yellow plum on a mineral background. A particularly harmonious white wine, suitable for many occasions and... more
Anthìlia 2010 was made from Catarratto (51%) and other Sicilian grapes, among them Ansonica. The blend was completed with other international varieties such Viognier and Chardonnay. Crisp and complex, with a good body, it has mineral notes, scents of white-pulp fruits (pear, white peach) and a hint... more
A versatile red, Sedara 2010 displays intense aromas of red fruits (cherry and cranberry) and notes of licorice. Its balanced structure and soft tannins make it pleasant, to enjoy throughout a meal and easy to pair with a wide range of food.
Serve with pasta dishes with meat sauces, elaborate... more
Ben Rye 2010 is bright golden in color with amber glints; to the nose its refined aroma shows notes of apricot, candied orange zest, fig, orange blossoms, aromatic and Mediterranean
herbs. To the palate it is soft and enveloping and its sweetness is perfectly balanced by a sapid, crisp vein.... more
Anthìlia remains the Donnafugata classic in the 2009 vintage as well. Made mostly from Catarratto and Ansonica, the blend is completed with other perfectly ripe grapes thanks to a very seasonable and favorable year. Fruity, with hints of citrus and peach, and floral notes giving extra complexity,... more
The Sedàra 2009 confirms its appeal, based on Nero d?Avola (the primary grape) along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and a small percentage of other grapes. It is a very fruity, enjoyable wine reflecting the sunny nature of its homeland. Balanced structure and silky tannins make it pleasant... more
A particularly positive vintage producing grapes of an exceptional quality entirely appreciable in this Ben Rye 2009, a wine of great complexity, harmony and elegance, iconic of the heroic viticulture of Pantelleria.
This is a complex and amply sweet wine with an outstanding freshness. On the... more
The 2008 vintage of Tancredi confirms the quality and elegance acknowledged by its admirers in the Italian panorama of great red wines. Cabernet Sauvignon still brings great elegance and longevity, thanks to firm and velvety tannins. Nero d'Avola maintains its importance and stands out with fruity... more
The Son of the Wind remains true to itself in the 2008 vintage, revealing the extraordinary complexity it has reached in recent years. Regular weather conditions and fine vineyard tending led to an optimal grape harvest.
Complex and ample sweet wine with an outstanding freshness. On the nose... more
With the new vintage Sedàra continues its evolution from mono-varietal to a wine expressing and synthesizing the territory. To Nero d'Avola (a grape that still prevails in the blend, with a bit more than 50%) are added some of the international grapes (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah) grown on... more