The name Donnafugata refers to the novel by Tomasi di Lampedusa entitled Il Gattopardo (The Leopard). A name that means “donna in fuga” (woman in flight) and refers to the story of a queen who found refuge in the part of Sicily where the company’s vineyards are located today. An adventure that inspired the corporate logo: the image of a woman’s head with windblown hair that dominates every bottle. Donnafugata labels are a homage to art and literature. Unique and inimitable, they represent a way of being, a style. Inspired by Gabriella Rallo they are designed by Stefano Vitale, an exceptional artist with a unique stroke, capable of making the personality of each wine shine.
With 160 years of experience acquired by the Rallo family in the field of wine, 5 wineries, 405 hectares of vineyards, 20 grape varieties. They are in 60 countries and with 7 acredited certifications – 6 ambiental and quality + 1 for carbon footprint. Donnafugata pride themselves on respecting the environment, wines distinguished by their pleasantness, and complexity wines. Capable of making happy those who taste them, representing an innovative Sicily.
In the vineyard Donnafugata does not use herbicides and chemical fertilizers, and minimizes the use of phytopharmaceuticals thanks to integrated control techniques, and the control of insects (moths) present. Donnafugata is also pursuing grape sustainability and excellence with the use of green manure, organic fertilization.
Since 2011, Donnafugata has worked with DNV, one of the leading certifying bodies in the world, to quantify the CO2 emissions throughout the entire production cycle. Donnafugata has calculated its CO2 emissions throughout the entire production cycle and has already reduced its Carbon Footprint by 10%. They also introduce initiatives designed to reduce environmental impact even further, such as the use of a lighter bottle, saving on emissions connected with production of the glass and those connected with transport, and the replacement of technical corks with Select BIO synthetic corks with zero carbon footprint and 100% recyclable.
Did you know, at their Contessa Entellina estate, a night-time harvest is introduced for Chardonnay grapes. Exploiting the difference in temperature between night and day reduces the amount of energy needed to cool the grapes before crushing them, by 70%.
In the region of Asenovgrad the nature has created soil and climatic conditions suitable for the advent and development of viticulture as the occupation of the population. Viticulture is one of the most ancient occupations in the town. This we learn from the investigators of this period, who had summarized the data yet still from the Thracian antiquity. There is no doubt, that Thracians had had a knowledge of the vine and wine and skillfully cultivated them
The multi-generational growers, whose descendants arrived here nearly two centuries ago, are the backbone of Torbreck’s winemaking aspirations. Without their knowledge of the seasons and the soil, we would not have such a precious resource of fruit to work with.
Cooper, originally from Santa Bárbara (California), discovered Spanish wines when he was only 21 years old, on one of the trips he made to Europe with his family. Since then, his personal and professional career has been closely linked to Spain, where he has lived for more than a decade. His first experiences as a professional in the world of wine were as a writer for the Spanish Wines and More blog, from which he advised many amateurs.
The Perano estate is located in the heart of Chianti Classico in Gaiole and enjoys exceptional climate and soil. The vineyards are located 500 meters above sea level, well above the altitude common for red variety grapes, especially Sangiovese with its late maturation phase.
Luminosity and minerality with a touch of feminine elegance. A hidden gem, surrounded by sequoias, firs and chestnut trees which reveals itself to those travelling through the first woods of the Florentine mountains, with vines climbing to an altitude of 700 metres.