Jessica Altieri and José Rallo – Donnafugata Wine Label History
Jessica Altieri Interivew with José Rallo of Donnafugata
Wine lifestyle host Jessica Altieri visited Donnafugata and 5th generation family winemaker José Rallo for a Sip Some Sicily segment.The name Donnafugata, literally “woman in flight” refers to the history of Queen Maria Carolina, wife of Ferdinand IV of Bourbon, who in the early 1800s — fleeing Naples on the arrival of Napoleons troops — sought refuge in the part of Sicily where the winery’s vineyards now stand. This event inspired the winery’s logo, the effigy of a woman’s head with windblown hair found on every bottle. They stand out the minute you hold the bottle of wine. Designing the wine labels is an “act of love” intended to delight the consumer and make the wine’s personality stand out. Donnafugata wine labels are works of art, created from an original sketch of author Stefano Vitale and designed to portray the organoleptic qualities of the wine.That’s your wine word of the day.
The distinctive trait of all of the Donnafugata wines, begins with their their sensory characteristics and incorporates their elaborate labels. The Donnafugata wines are produced at three distinct grape-growing sites in western Sicily: the historic cellars in Marsala, built in 1851; the cellar at Contessa Entellina, where the company has 642 acres of vineyards planted to Ansonica, Catarratto, Nero d’Avola, Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah; and the cellar on the volcanic island of Pantelleria, where Donnafugata cultivate 104 acres of Zibibbo vineyards.
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.
Here is one of our favorite Donnafugta labels.What is your favorite? Visit Donnafugata and let us know!
The character of Lumera, Sicilian rosè:
Lumera is the beloved woman, the sublime being, luminous, celestial, protagonist of one of the most beautiful Sicilian poems of the 1200s. A rosé that conveys an elegant joy, starting from its very bright soft rosé color: : a fresh wine, soft with intense and identifiable aromas
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