Historic aging cellars

The Marsala winery is home to a dynamic production facility aimed at excellence. Built in 1851, it retains the typical layout of a Mediterranean “baglio”, enclosing a spacious courtyard dotted with citrus and olive trees and wooden trusses, the work of master carpenters of long ago. Wine produced at Contessa Entellina and Pantelleria is brought here for ageing (in steel, cement or wood) and bottling. The processes used in the winery involve simple technologies that respect the intrinsic qualities of the musts and wines.

1. The baglio

Built in 1851 it is a living example of industrial archeology

2. The roof

The wooden trusses are the work of master carpenters of long ago

3. Cement and stainless steel tanks

Stainless steel tanks are used above all for the fermentations and the brief aging of the fresh and fruity wines. Cement tanks make excellent containers for medium- and long-term aging

4. The barrique cellar

La barriccaia sotterranea riunisce in un unico luogo tutta la produzione di Donnafugata che affina in legno (Angheli, Tancredi, Mille e una Notte ed in parte il Chiarandà)

5. Sala delle Botti

6. La corte

The spacious courtyard dotted with citrus and olive trees and wooden trusses

7. Wine Shop and Tasting Room

Donnafugata welcomes the wine lovers for guided tours, tastings and selected food pairings in a charming and relaxing spaces

Craftsmanship

AGEING

Diversified ageing techniques and materials are cleverly combined to give Donnafugata wines complexity and elegance. The choice between the different ageing processes (steel, cement, wood), their duration and combination depend on the kind of grapes being used and the wine one wishes to produce.

STEEL AND CEMENT TANKS

Steel tanks are mainly used for short ageing periods, whilst cement tanks are excellent containers for medium to long ageing periods thanks to its low thermal conductivity and protects the wine against sudden changes in temperature.

WOOD

Barriques and tonneau are dynamic containers ideal for developing structured wines.  Donnafugata prefers French oak, whose porosity guarantees a slow, regular supply of oxygen to the wine. To best respect the peculiarities of individual vine varieties and enhance their potential for evolution, we select about 20 types of wood that differ in the grain of the staves, method and intensity of toasting.

The barrique cellar

The barrique cellar

The winery consists of tanks and thermo-conditioned environments that are also insulated to achieve maximum energy savings. This logic has also been applied to the underground barrique cellar built in 2007. Carved in the tufo rock, the barrique cellar allows us to reduce the use of energy needed to maintain the desired temperature and humidity parameters (15°C and 85%).