August 10th will be a magical, memorable night for “Goblets Full of Stars” (“Calici di Stelle”) the traditional summer Wine Tourism Movement event that every year brings hundreds of visitors to Donnafugata Estate at the 60 kilometer stone on the Palermo-Sciacca limited-access Highway S.S. 624.
Under the shooting stars on the night of San Lorenzo, from 9 p.m. Donnafugata opens its doors for what is by now one of the most eagerly awaited fine wine fetes in Italy.
The program is always a rich one and there will be a tour of the Chardonnay vineyard “La Fuga” and the wine estate’s cellars plus a tasting of all the company’s wines.
In addition, in certain years this August date has permitted visitors to watch the nighttime grape harvest, the method introduced by Donnafugata to avoid high daytime temperatures and thus preserve the aromas of the grapes while saving on energy and therefore helping to protect the environment.
At this moment it’s too soon to know if the two dates will coincide, but what is sure is that the nighttime harvest will really be special this year, when the house will be celebrating its 10th anniversary!
On this occasion will be presented the new CD “Donnafugata Music&Wine” and the project “Donnafugata for the future”. Following the example of Muhammad Yunus – Nobel Peace Prize Winner 2006 – money raised from the sales of this new CD will finance a microcredit project: small loans for persons normally considered “unbankable”, helping them to build their future.
You can make reservations for Calici di Stelle at the toll-free number 800 252321 or via e-mail at [email protected]. The tasting fee is five euros, payable on admission, and there is a five-euro deposit for the tasting goblet. Wines will be for sale.
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