Have a Sicilian Summer with Donnafugata Wine

How would you like to spend the remainder of your summer in Sicily? I know I would! If you are not able to hop on the next plane headed to the beautiful Italian island you are not completely out of luck. Donnafugata is bringing their wonderful Sicilian summer to you! Summers in Sicily are filled with white sandy beaches, sailing around the coastline, hiking Mt Etna, and eating great Sicilian food paired with great Sicilian wine. By adding Donnafugata wines to your summer you are adding a slice of Sicily.

Donnafugata summer wines

Donnafugata Summer sicily beaches via neverendingvoyage

Donnafugata summer Sicily via walksofitaly

DonnaFugata Summer Mt. Etna

Donnafugata has four delicious new releases perfect to pair with your summer, where ever you may be. All four of these wines are crisp, clean and refreshing. In typical Donnafugata style these wine are not only elegant and delicious but each label is a beautiful work of art, offering a multisensory wine enjoyment experience. I am blessed to have received these four media samples for the kind people at DonnaFugata and I am thrilled to share them with you.

Donnafugata summerAnthiliaDonnafugata Anthilia 2014 Bianco Sicilia DOC: This wine was crafted predominately of Catarratto, blended with Ansonica and other autochthonous and international varieties. It poured a soft yellow into the glass; vibrant aromas of green apples, pears, a touch of lemon zest and fresh cut grass envelope the nose. It was mouth-coating with a slight creamy texture and mouth-watering acidity. It felt crisp and clean on the palate with slight cedar and mineral  notes that linger on the back of the palate upon swallowing. SRP $17.

Production information: vineyards in South-western Sicily in a hilly altitude of 200 – 600m above sea level; soil is clam loam with a sub-alkaline reaction, rich in nutrients; fermented and aged in stainless steel; can be consumed upon uncorking; drink within first three years. Serve 48-52 F. 12.5% alcohol.

This is an excellent wine for every day enjoyment as an aperitif or paired at lunch or dinner with a light seafood or poultry summer salad, grilled seafood, mussels, and shellfish linguine.

Prossecco superiore dinner

Art & Wine: The label displays the face of a woman, mysterious and fleeting, like the Elymian civilization. Anthilia is the name, given in the Roman period, to the city of Entella on the top of the Rocca. Today, Anthilia is also the name of a wine that is identified with the ancient territory where it originiates. It is the first wine to have been conceived at Donnafugata and it still remains in the hearts of many fans!

Donnafugata Summer Sur SurDonnafugata SurSur 2014: This wine was crafted of 100% Grillo. This wine poured a delicate gold into the glass. Picture a large basket filled with fresh pineapples, papayas, apples, white peaches, grapefruits and lemons; that was the aroma of this wine. It was crisp and clean with a well rounded acidity and notes of fresh cut grass joining the fruits on the palate. It had a tart, lime zest finish that lingered on the palate. SRP $ 23

Production information: Vineyards in Western Sicily in the hilly hinterland between Marsala and Salemi at an altitude of 100-200 meter above sea level; soils is silty clay loam rich in nutrients; fermented in stainless steel then aged in stainless steel vats for a few months before aged an additional 2 months in the bottle before release; can be consumed upon uncorking; drink within first three to four years. Serve 48-52 F. 13% alcohol.

This wine will make a perfect aperitif to serve with cheese, dried fruits, nuts and cured Italian meats such as prosciutto and salami.

black slate apps

Art & Wine: Grillo is an ancient autochthonous variety from Sicily, but it is also a cute little animal (the cricket) that brings good luck. The name sur sur, that means cricket, comes from the Arabic language which was once also spoken in Sicily. The voice of spring, with its scents and colors, is depicted on the label. It shows Gabriella as a girl in flight, running barefoot through the flowers and fresh grass, following the singing of crickets that sounds sweet to her ears, like a thousand “SurSur…”

Donnafugata Summer LigheaDonnafugata Lighea 2014: This wine was crafted of 100% Zibibbo (Moscato d’Alessandria). It poured a soft golden yellow into the glass and offered a dazzling bouquet of lychee, ripe melons, and bushel of white peaches, with a touch of citrus and jasmine notes. This wine was very well balanced. It offered round acidity with a creamy mouth-feel, a soft sweetness followed the acidity and lingered on the palate, creating a mouth-watering finish. SRP $23

Production information: Vineyards on island of Pantelleira (South-west Sicily); Khamma, Mulini, Mueggen, Ghirlanda, Serraglia, Gibbiuna, Barone, Bukkuram, Favarotta, and Monastero at an altitude of 200 – 400 meters above sea level; soil is volcanic, sandy, originating from lava mostly cultivated on terraced slopes, deeply fertile; fermented in stainless steel then aged in stainless steel vats for a few months before aged an additional 2 months in the bottle before release; can be consumed upon uncorking; drink within four to five years. Serve 48-52 F. 12.34% alcohol.

This wine is sunny and bright. Serve as an aperitif or with fresh summer salad, seafood, baked pasta with a creamy sauce or with cheeses for dessert. Donnafugata recommends this wine for a first date!

Miraval spring dinner5

Art & Wine: “From the disheveled tresses the color of the sun, seawater flowed over the green, wide-open eyes.” Thus Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa describes Lighea, the bewitching siren and principal figure in his novel. She has inspired the creation of a complex and innovative wine and an equally original label. “It wasn’t easy to print this label,” Gabriella Rallo recalled, “and preserve the thousand shadings of the original colors of the drawing.”

Donnafugata Summer SedaraDonnafugata Sedàra 2013: This wine was crafted predominately from Nero d’Avola, along with Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and a small percentage of other grapes. It poured a bright ruby into the glass and offered inviting aromas of cherries, strawberries, blackberries and plums, along with Asian spices, notes of violets, and licorice. It was beautifully balanced with round acidity and soft tannins with medium body and a clean finish. A deliciously easy drinking red wine. SRP $17

Production information: Vineyards in Southwestern Sicily, Contessa Estellina Estate and nearby at altitudes 200 – 600 meters above sea level; soil is clayey with limestone and rich in nutrients; fermented in stainless steel with maceration on the skins for about 10 days in moderate temps, after malolactic fermentation the wine was fined for 9 months in cement tanks then almost 6 months in bottle before release; can be consumed upon uncorking; drink within four to five years. Serve 61-64 F. 13.2% alcohol.

This wine can easily be enjoyed as a meditation wine but also will pair with red meats, barbecue and even seafood. It is sure to be a crowd pleaser so invite some friends over.


Art & Wine: “This wine carries in its heart the concreteness and sweetness f Angelica Sedara, the charming Claudia Cardinale, protagonist of the film “The Leopard” directed by Luchino Visconti. The label refers to the cellars at Contessa Entellina and the land in which the roots of this wine are deeply planted; in the foreground the green of the vineyard, on a white background, communicates the freshness and pleasantness of this wine and its most recent evolution.”

As you know from my previous article featuring Donnafugata,Celebrating Sicily on #Italianfwt” that Donnafugata is a fantastic winery producing high quality wines authentic Sicilian wines. Not only does Donnafugata embraces their Sicilian heritage through their wines but also through food, art and music for a full multisensory experience. It is fantastic! I cannot wait for the day I visit Donnafugata.

Donnafugata summer map of sicily via taher

What’s in a name?

Donnafugata Summer logoThe name Donnafugata, literally ‘woman in flight’ refers to the history of Queen Maria Carolina, wife of Ferdinand IV of Bourbon, who fled Naples in the early 1800s on the arrival of Napoleon’s troops, seeking refuge in the part of Sicily where the winery’s vineyards now stand. This event inspired the Donnafugata logo, the effigy of a  woman’s head with windblown hair found on every bottle. It was Sicilian author Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa in his novel Il Gattopardo (The Leopard) who gave thename Donnafugata to the country estates of the Prince of Salina. The estate was where the queen stayed, and it now holds the winery’s vineyards.

Donnafugata Contessa Entellina vineyard
Donnafugata Contessa Entellina vineyard

Donnafugata is committed to the environment through practices such as: sustainable agriculture practices, night harvest, architectural construction of low environmental impact, use of solar panels for energy and a focus on maintaining the smallest carbon footprint possible. I encourage you to visit Donnafugata’s web site to learn more about the winery, view their entire portfolio of wines and listen to their great music. Please share your Donnafugata wine moments on Twitter using #DonnaFugataTime and #FromWhereIStand and enjoy a little slice of Sicily wherever you are!

My Song Selection: In true Rockin Red style, Donnafugata pairs a song with each one of their wines. Therefore, it is hard for me to select one song to pair with all four of this delicious wines. I have chosen a performance by José Rallo at the Masters of Wine Symposium 2014. The audio is not great but who better to pair with Donnafugata than José Rallo herself!

Get your own glasses of Donnafugata wines before the summer ends and let me know what song you pair with them. Cheers!

8 responses to “Have a Sicilian Summer with Donnafugata Wine”

  1. Great post, Michelle! Donnafugata makes good wines including one of my all-time favorite sweet wines, Ben Ryé, a passito-style varietal Zibibbo.
    Have you tried wine other wines from Donnafugata, too, like Mille e Una Notte? It’s a sophisticated, complex Nero d’Avola.

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