Sip & Learn with Jessica Altieri
History of the name Donnafugata
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.
Join Wine Channel TV, winechanneltv.tv host Jessica Altieri with an Inside Sips Segment from Sicily with Donnafugata Wines,donnafugata.it. Jessica is joined by Antonio Rallo, Enologist at Donnafugata and the President of the Assovini Sicily. 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.
Donnafugata warmly welcomes wine tourists in its historic Marsala cellars all year round and during summer at its estates at Contessa Entellina and on Pantelleria. It offers guided tours, professional tastings and refined pairings with Sicilian cuisine at charming, relaxing venues. Not to miss are the annual events: Cantine Aperte (Open Cellars) the last Sunday in May in Marsala, Calici diStelle (Goblets of Stars) on August 10 at the Contessa Entellina estate preparing for the nighttime grape harvest.Donnafugata welcomes qualified wine tourists, Italian and foreigners, for whom the wine and food experience is both areason to travel and a way of life. In 2013 about 11,000 wine tourists from 30 foreign countries, mostly from the United States, Russia, Germany and Sweden, visited Donnafugata. Donnafugata dedicates a team of people specialized in reception, wine connoisseurs and multilingual.
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