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.
SUSTAINABILITYIn 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%.