Donnafugata was established in Sicily by a family that, thanks to its passion, has been able to innovate the style and perception of Sicilian wine throughout the world. Giacomo Rallo, the fourth generation of a family with over 160 years of experience in quality wine, founded Donnafugata in 1983 together with his wife Gabriella, a pioneer of viticulture in Sicily. Today, their children José and Antonio lead the company and a team of people focused on excellence, producing wines that represent an innovative and forward thinking Sicily.
The company can count on a historic winery and four estates. In western Sicily, in Contessa Entellina, where Donnafugata was established, there is a winemaking cellar, 285 hectares of vineyards and 9 hectares of olive groves; in Pantelleria, a volcanic island between Sicily and Africa, the Khamma district winery boasts 68 hectares of Zibibbo vineyards cultivated with low bush vines called “alberello pantesco” (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and 5 hectares of olive groves. In eastern Sicily, on the northern slope of Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe, there is a winery with a barrique cellar in Randazzo, 21 hectares of vineyards and 2 hectares of olive groves. In the territory of DOC Vittoria, in Acate, the latest generation winery is surrounded by 36 hectares of vineyards. Finally, the historical family cellars in Marsala are an example of a productive reality that is being constantly updated. Here it is possible to visit the scenographic underground barrique cellar.
Sicily, an island in the centre of the Mediterranean, is a wine-growing continent with extraordinary potential. Donnafugata is the embodiment of this diversity and cultivates its vineyards in very different contexts: from terrains overlooking the sea, to hilly and mountain areas, aiming at the best combination of terroir and grape varieties. Donnafugata is wine craftsmanship focusing the attention on small productions of value from unique territories and vineyards; an example of an authentic and sustainable wine-producing Sicily. In the company’s successful portfolio, the Icon Wines stand out: the prestigious red Mille e una Notte from the Contessa Entellina estate, the Passito Ben Ryé from Pantelleria and the Etna “cru” reds Fragore from Contrada Montelaguardia and Etna Rosso DOC Contrada Marchesa.
José and Antonio Rallo impeccably lead the enological universe of Donnafugata, always keeping the winery’s respectable heritage in mind - after all, Donnafugata has roots in the land of Marsala dating back to 1851. The landscapes and panoramas of Donnafugata’s lands are so prolific and powerful, they influence the winery’s many interests beyond just wine: artistic, literary and musical pursuits, giving life to the example Donnafugata sets of authentic and sustainable wine in Sicily.24 Jan, 2021
The Donnafugata wine estate is a favorite to many Italian wine enthusiasts around the world, and their Pantelleria-based wine estate producing Ben Ryé is destined to become a powerhouse in the world of Sweet Italian wines. Come explore this Sicilian island born from an extinct volcano, and experience the explosive energy of the island and how the Rallo family has harnessed this power into an exquisite sweet Italian wine.24 Feb, 2021