Donnafugata was founded in Sicily in 1983 by the Rallo family. Today, the company owns three wineries in three different terroirs: Marsala, Contessa Entellina and Pantelleria, occupying a total vineyard area of over 300 hectares.
The Donnafugata wines are ambassadors of Sicily and its exciting, wide-ranging realm of sensations: conveying the diversity of soils present on the island, the various orientations and altitudes of the vineyard locations, the climate’s special characteristics, the different grape varieties, both indigenous and foreign... A unique terroir of great richness which we find reflected in this company’s wines, all an authentic expression of this very special land.
An interesting fact worth knowing is that the name Donnafugata refers back in history to Queen Maria Carolina, wife of Ferdinand IV of Bourbon, who, fleeing from Napoleon’s troops in the early 1800s, abandoned the city of Naples to take refuge in Sicily, to the exact location of the winery’s vineyards. The place where the lady found refuge, the Prince of Salina’s estate, was given the name Donnafugata ('woman in flight' in English) by the writer Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa in his novel Il Gattopardo.