Historical Donnafugata Cellar

Historical Donnafugata Cellar

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Donnafugata wines are a passionate interpretation of Sicily and its sensorial universe. An enterprising family with 160 years’ experience in premium wines founded Donnafugata in Sicily. Donnafugata welcomes many curious and passionate throughout all year to know the winery and its wines through guided tours, professional tastings and valued combinations to Sicilian cuisine dishes.

Donnafugata was founded in Sicily by an enterprising family with 160 years’ experience in premium wines. Giacomo Rallo and wife Gabriella, daughter José and son Antonio are engaged in an entrepreneurial project with a focus on attention to detail and synchronizing people and nature to make wines that correspond increasingly more to the potential of this area. The Donnafugata adventure began in the Rallo family’s historic cellars in Marsala in 1983 and at its  Contessa Entellina vineyards in the heart of western Sicily. In 1989, Donnafugata arrived on the island of Pantelleria, commencing its production of naturally sweet wines.

 

All types of tastings description is explained in “Additional information” page.

EVENTS

Do not miss the annual appointments of Cantine Aperte on May 28th at the historic cellars in Marsala and Calici di Stelle on August 10th at the Contessa Entellina estate.

Cantine Aperte is one of the appointments in the Italian wine world, when the member wineries of Movimento Turismo del Vino open their doors to the public. Every year Donnafugata welcomes visitors to its historic cellars proposing guided tours, wine tastings and entertainment for children.

Where: historic cellar in Marsala

Time: from 10 am to 6 pm

Reservation required through info@emmavillasplus.com

 

Calici di Stelle is the most awaited event of the year, when the Contessa Entellina estate prepares for the Nighttime Harvest and opens to the public on the night of San Lorenzo. Donnafugata welcomes visitors for a tour of the vineyards by moonlight with grape tasting, a tour of the vinification cellar and an extraordinary tasting in the estate’s charming garden.

Where: Tenuta di Contessa Entellina

Time: from 9 pm to 1 am

Reservation required through info@emmavillasplus.com

 

Donnafugata: a name that speaks of Sicily

The name and winery logo are a tribute to Sicilian history and literature, which interweaves the fate of a fleeing queen and the famous novel The Leopard (Il Gattopardo).

The name Donnafugata, literally ‘woman in flight’ refers to the history of Queen Maria Carolina, wife of Ferdinand IV of Bourbon, who fled Naples in the early 1800s on the arrival of Napoleon’s troops, seeking refuge in the part of Sicily where the winery’s vineyards now stand. This event inspired the Donnafugata logo, the effigy of a woman’s head with windblown hair found on every bottle.

It was Sicilian author Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa in his novel Il Gattopardo (The Leopard) who gave the name Donnafugata to the country estates of the Prince of Salina. The estate was where the queen stayed, and it now holds the winery’s vineyards.

 

General booking terms and conditions for tastings

  • Visitors are kindly requested to arrive 20 minutes before the the visit starts.
  • Visit and tasting times are set.
  • All price are VAT included.
  • All tastings require a reservation made by the customer and must be confirmed by Emma Villas Plus.
  • Please let us know in advance if visitors have any food allergies and intolerances, or any particular needs.
  • Cancellations of reservations must be received within 2 (working) days prior to the date of the confirmed service. Only written cancellations will be accepted. Beyond this deadline, the group will be charged with the total amount due for all the participants according to the booking confirmed by Donnafugata.
  • Any amendment to the number of participants must be communicated within 2 (working) days prior to the confirmed service. Beyond this deadline, the group will be charged with the total amount due for all.
  • Minors under 16 years of age are not allowed to taste our wines.
La Degustazione Classica

Ideal solution for those who desire to live a multi-sensorial experience that includes the tour of the historical cellars and the tasting of 4 representative labels of Donnafugata Collections and chosen by the company. The tour includes the tour of the production areas, underground Barriccaia and Sala Botti, charming setting in which you can admire a collection of old Sicilian ceramics. The tasting reaches its peak with the tasting of Iconic Wine Ben Ryè Passito di Pantelleria DOC. Tasting of 4 wines selected by Donnafugata. Description Cellar tour and tasting of 4 representative labels, that describe the Donnafugata style and its production territories. Duration 60 mins Time 11 am ∙ 4 pm ∙ 5.30 pm

La Degustazione Sicilia

Excellent solution for those who want to live a culinary experience that includes the tour of the historical cellars, a tasting of 4 representative labels of Donnafugata Collections chosen by the company and paired with local charcuterie and extra virgin olive oil "Milleanni".The tour includes the tour of the production areas, underground Barriccaia and Sala Botti, charming setting in which you can admire a collection of old Sicilian ceramics. The wines in tasting will be accompanied by olives Nocellara del Belice DOP, Ragusano semi-aged DOP and Salame Sant'Angelo di Brolo DOP. The last pairing sees the match between the Iconic Wine Ben Ryè Passito di Pantelleria DOC with the traditional cookie Regina. Tasting of 4 wines paired with typical Sicilian products and the extra virgin olive oil “Milleanni”. Description: Cellar tour and tasting of 4 labels chosen by Donnafugata paired with a selection of Sicilian cold cuts and cheeses, Nocellara del Belice olives Donnafugata’s extra virgin olive oil and dry pastries. Duration 90 mins Time 11 am ∙ 1 pm

La Degustazione Mediterranea

For those seeking for a true Gourmet experience the Mediterranean Tasting offers the combination of 4 representative labels of Donnafugata collections in combination with 4 recipes of the Mediterranean cuisine and with extra virgin olive oil "Milleanni". The tour includes the tour of the production areas, underground Barriccaia and Sala Botti, charming setting in which you can admire a collection of old Sicilian ceramics. The wines in tasting will be accompanied by broccoli flan with raisins and pinoli, potato & octopus glace with tuna egg dust, pork and spinach roulade and ricotta cheese crumble. The Iconic Wines Mille e una notte Sicilia IGP e Ben Ryè Passito di Pantelleria DOC are included in the tasting. The food matches may change due to seasonality issues. Tasting of 4 wines your choice paired with 4 delicious specialties of the Mediterranean cuisine. Description: Cellar tour and tasting of 4 wines in a crescendo of structure. You can choose 1 favorite label for each of the following categories ∙ Fresh and fruity whites ∙ Structured whites and fruity reds ∙ Intriguing and elegant reds ∙ Naturally sweet Each wine is paired with a seasonal specialty of the Mediterranean cuisine, selected and offered by Donnafugata. Duration 120 mins Time 1 pm

La Degustazione Mediterranea Plus

An intense and fascinating journey into a unique experience through the tasting of five representative labels of Donnafugata Collections in combination with a selection of 5 recipes of Mediterranean cuisine and with extra virgin olive oil "Milleanni". The tour includes the tour of the production areas, underground Barriccaia and Sala Botti, charming setting in which you can admire a collection of old Sicilian ceramics. The wines in tasting will be accompanied by Ricotta cheese with anchiovies, basil and breadcrust, broccoli flan with raisins and pinoli, potato & octopus glace with tuna egg dust, pork and spinach roulade and ricotta cheese crumble. The Iconic Wines Mille e una notte Sicilia IGP e Ben Ryè Passito di Pantelleria DOC are included in the tasting. The food matches may change due to seasonality issues. Tasting of 6 wines your choice paired with 6 delicious specialties of the Mediterranean cuisine. Description: Cellar Tour and tasting of 6 wines in a growing structure. The visitor can choose a label for every type of wine: ∙ Fresh and fruity whites ∙ Bodied whites and fruity reds ∙ Intriguing and elegant reds Finally, 2 Natural sweet Wines will be served in pairing with two desserts. Each wine is combined with a specialty seasonal cuisine Mediterranean and selected offered from Donnafugata. Duration 150 mins Time 1 pm

La Degustazione Vini Icona

The tour includes a visit of the production areas, underground Barriccaia and Barrel Room, a charming setting to admire a collection of ancient Sicilian ceramics. In tasting it is the current vintage, historic vintage of the Arabian Nights and the current vintage and limited edition of Ben Rye Passito di Pantelleria DOC. A visitor support materials are provided that describe the different characteristics of vintages in degustazione.Durata: 75 min VAT incl.Ora: 16: 00Per those who want an exclusive experience, tasting wines Icon is ideal to get to know the unique personality of the Arabian Nights, icon of Italian excellence and Ben Rye Passito di Pantelleria, Italian sweet wine among the most popular in the world.

La Degustazione #Donnafugatatime

For those who want to enjoy and share the true essence of Donnafugata, choose this culinary experience that includes a tour of the cellar, a tasting of 4 representative labels Collections Donnafugata combined with fanciful interpretations of sicilian cuisine and with the extra vergine d’oliva “Milleanni”. The tour includes the tour of the production areas, underground Barriccaia and Sala Botti, charming setting in which you can admire a collection of old Sicilian ceramics. The wines in tasting will be accompanied by Panelle di farina di ceci, focaccia alle verdure, l’involtino di lardo con nero di Sicilia and il cioccolato di Modica IGP. The Iconic Wines Mille e una notte Sicilia IGP e Ben Ryè Passito di Pantelleria DOC are included in the tasting. Informal tasting of 4 wines, perfect for pre dinner, accompanied by Sicilian appetizers. Description: Cellar tour and tasting of 4 wines selected by Donnafugata , perfect for pre dinner, proposed in combination with Sicilian specialties. Duration 90 mins Time 5.30 pm

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