(NISCEMI – CALTANISSETTA) A Sicilian company that operates in four production sites (Contessa Entellina, Pantelleria, Vittoria and Etna) and produces truly excellent red and white wines. An extraordinary white wine is Ben Ryé as well as Chardonnay Chiarandà, an important red wine is then the Thousand and One Nights.

Donnafugata’s History and Philosophy

Few things are more difficult for a start-up company than to change both the production line and the company’s image. And these difficulties multiply in the field of wine, where the product itself is anchored to a specific territory and to a specific type of offer, generations old or even centuries old. Already the taste of consumers changes and is changeable, sometimes gradually, sometimes suddenly, and it is the precise duty of the entrepreneur to follow them or, even better, as complicated as it could be, to anticipate them.

The Marsala , one of the most famous wines in the world, as its Spanish cousin, Sherry, suffered the constant and seemingly inexorable decline in consumption of fortified wines in the years after World War II. One of the first to realize that his company based on Marsala needed a repositioning, was Giacomo Rallo , heir to a historical name in the area and consequently with a thorough knowledge of the trends and tendencies. The decision to hit in multiple directions was not easy, but once made it was pursued with energy and determination. In 1983 Giacomo and his wife Gabriella gave life to Donnafugata: their first estate was in Contessa Entellina, a territory which was then little known, in the heart of western Sicily. 

The wines of Donnafugata

Now the company has 383 hectares of vineyards in the four production sites ( Contessa Entellina , Pantelleria , Vittoria and Etna ) and the considerable production circulates in Italy, Europe and the rest of the world. Both Sicilian indigenous varieties and well-known international grapes have been planted and, logically, the range is very wide, both in terms of wines and styles and of prices offered. La Sicilia , however, remains at the forefront with nearly 800,000 bottles of ‘ Anthilia made from Catarratto and more than 150,000 bottles of Scheherazade , a Nero d’Avola. Well made, tasty and pleasant to drink, they are the epitome of what the markets require and desire in an accessible offer. Ambitious blends such as the white Vigna di Gabri and the red Sedàra show greater strength and complexity, while the top of the range Chardonnay Chiarandà and the red Mille e una Notte , Sicilian and international at the same time, represent the excellence of the house. Not to mention the extraordinary Ben Ryé , one of the best Italian dessert wines.

Donnafugata Wines

Ben Rye Passito di Pantelleria DOC Donnafugata

Appellation: Passito di Pantelleria DOC
Grapes: Zibibbo (Moscato) 100%
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Mille e Una Notte Terre Siciliane IGT Donnafugata

Appellation: Terre Siciliane IGT
Grapes: Nero d'Avola, Petit Verdot, Syrah e altre uve
Alcohol: 14°

Chiaranda Contessa Entellina DOC Donnafugata

Appellation: Contessa Entellina DOC
Grapes: Chardonnay 100%
Alcohol: 13.5°

Info & Contacts Donnafugata

Address: Contrada Pisciotto, S.P. 31 km 2 Casella di posta n, 93015 Niscemi CL
Tel: +39 0923 724 200
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