Donnafugata Estates

Donnafugata passionately welcomes the wine tourist that visits the historic cellars in Marsala or the vineyard estates in Contessa Entellina and Pantelleria. Guided visits, professional wine tastings, refined Sicilian dishes and original combinations of wine-music, all in an impressive and relaxing atmosphere. Many annually events not to be missed at Donnafugata. Those that stand out are Contine Aperte (Open cellars), the last Sunday of May and the great Calici di Stelle, August 10, when the estate at Contessa entellina prepares for the night harvest and opens to public to give life to a moment of great fascination and a strong educational experience.

Donnafugata welcomes you in a spacious Marsala courtyard of a real 19th century baglio dotted with citrus trees and olives. The visit begins outside, under the truss-beamed roof, the work of old master carpenters, and continues inside the cellar where, along with cement tanks, there is the gleam of stainless steel of the more advanced technology. A few more steps and there is the new underground barriccaia: soft lighting, muffled sound, an atmosphere with a wealth of scents. From the elevated gangway, there is a superb view of the barrels for Mille e una Notte, Tancredi, Angheli and Chiarandà. Guided by enthusiasm, the visitor is introduced to the secrets of Donnafugata. Then comes the Sala delle Botti (Hall of Casks), an extensive and welcoming setting, rich in testimonials of the arts and culture of Sicily, a place for tastings and for identifying food/wine combinations. At the end, the visitor returns to the open air of the courtyard, which is used as the setting for concerts and other events. At Contessa Entellina, the vineyards and winery can be visited by appointment in the spring and autumn. In the mansion, a small but well-equipped kitchen for use by young cooks and master chefs who are able to reinterpret the finest expressions of typical Mediterranean cuisine. On Pantelleria Donnafugata opens its Khamma cellars from July to September, offering visitors the opportunity to taste its wines and make guided visits to vineyards typical of the island, including some more than a century old.