Time once again for the great festival of quality wines: visits and guided tastings on the magical night of San Lorenzo.
Marsala: August 3, 2006 – The Tenuta di Donnafugata wine estate at Contessa Entellina will again be staging the intriguing “Calici di Stelle” (“Goblets of Stars”) event on August 10. This traditional program of the Wine Tourism Movement is an occasion not to be missed for an encounter between Donnafugata and its admirers. It is a time to communicate the values in which the estate believes: production of quality wines, respect for the environment and exploitation of the territory.
Numerous wine lovers, coming from all parts of Italy and from abroad, will have the opportunity to learn about the places and the phases of production that make the wines of Donnafugata great.
The visit will begin among the illuminated vineyards where it will be possible to taste some Chardonnay berries to appreciate their intense aroma and to learn about them from the members of the estate staff, who will explain the choice of cultivation methods that make these vineyards an example of modern viticulture.
After the presentation of the photovoltaic installation, which satisfies 30% of the estate’s energy needs, visitors will tour the winery in which the estate uses simple technologies that are increasingly respectful of the intrinsic quality of the grapes and musts to obtain wines that respond more completely to the potential of the territory.
The educational tour will conclude with the showing of a video that focuses on some of the estate’s most important initiatives and images of the harvest and vinification on the properties at Contessa Entellina and Pantelleria, the island where the passito (raisin) wine Ben Ryé is made.
The evening’s culmination will come with the tasting of the entire range of Donnafugata wines that are expressions of native varieties—like the Ansonica of the Vigna di Gabri, the Nero d’Avola of Mille e una Notte and the Zibibbo of Ben Ryé—but also combinations of native and international varieties as in the case of Ansonica and Chardonnay in Chiarandà and Nero d’Avola and Cabernet Sauvignon in Tancredi.
The event begins at 9 p.m. at 60 km on Highway S.S. 624 (the Palermo-Sciacca express route). At the entrance, a contribution of 5 euros will be requested. Reservations can be made by telephoning the green (toll-free) number 800 252321 or sending an e-mail to [email protected] .
Baldo M. Palermo [email protected] phone +39 0923 724226
Laura Ellwanger: [email protected] phone. +39 0923 724258
Nando Calaciura [email protected] mob. +39 338 3229837