The largest Mediterranean island, separated from the Italian peninsula by the very narrow Messina strait, Sicily is probably among the richest regions in history, art and cultural heritage, a mosaic of colours and contrasts.
According to legend, it was Dionysus (Bacchus) who brought pleasure to mankind, and wine to Sicily.
In the past, Sicily was famous for its Marsala and cheap bulk wines. Over the last 30 years, however, Sicily’s wine culture has changed dramatically and is now considered as one of the best regions.
The Sicilian has the largest vineyard in all of Italy. It is three times the size of the vineyard in New Zealand, larger than vineyard in South Africa and equivalent to the vineyard in Germany.
Donnafugata was established in 1983 by Giacomo Rallo, the fourth generation of a family with 160 years of experience in quality wine. Today the fifth generation – José and Antonio – leads the winery.
Donnafugata has vineyards in Contessa Entellina, in the heart of western Sicily (283 hectares) and on Pantelleria island, between Sicily and Africa (68 hectares)
With the 2016 harvest, Donnafugata realized a dream: produce, in eastern Sicily, wines under the prestigious Etna, Cerasuolo and Frappato di Vittoria denominations, counting respectively on 18 hectares of vineyards and 36 hectares.
The name Donnafugata (lady in flight), is taken from the novel Il Gattopardo and refers to the story of a queen who found refuge where the company’s vineyards are located today. An adventure that also inspired the corporate logo.