Donnafugata was created in Sicily thanks to the initiative of a passionate family that revolutionized the style and the perception of Sicilian wine in the world.
Giacomo Rallo, fourth generation of this family engaged in wine-making since 1851, established Donnafugata with his wife Gabriella; he led the wine estate till he passed away in 2016.
Now Donnafugata is run by the fifth generation of the family represented by José, pr and marketing, and Antonio Rallo, wine-maker.
Donnafugata has three productive sites: the family's historic cellars in Marsala where wines are aged and bottled; the winery of Contessa Entellina in the heart of western Sicily, with 270 hectares (667 acres) of vineyards and 9 hectares (22 acres) of olive groves; the winery of Pantelleria, with 68 hectares (168 acres) of vineyards; in this volcanic island between Sicily and Africa, Zibibbo grape is bush-trained (alberello pantesco, listed as Unesco world heritage).
With the harvest 2016 Donnafugata realizes its ambition to produce wines in eastern Sicily from the prestigious appellation areas Etna (15 hectares, 37 acres at Randazzo), Cerasuolo and Frappato di Vittoria (18 hectares, 44 acres, in Acate).
The name Donnafugata that means “donna in fuga”, woman in flight - refers to the novel by Tomasi di Lampedusa entitled Il Gattopardo (The Leopard), and to the story of a queen who took refuge in that part of Sicily where the Estate's vineyards are today. An adventure that inspired the corporate logo.
Donnafugata’s iconic wines are the red Mille e Una Notte and Ben Ryé Passito di Pantelleria.