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Great success for Donnafugata’s Ben Ryé 2010

All the 2013 guides agree on its excellence


Antonio Rallo: “A gratifying result for Ben Ryé Passito di Pantelleria, our winery and the island’s heroic viticulture


Cross-referencing and comparing the ratings given by 2013 wine guides, Donnafugata’s 2010 Ben Ryé scored the highest, along with Bertani’s 2005 Amarone della Valpolicella. It’s a rare event when all the guides concur on excellence in spite of the various tasting teams’ different orientations and rating methods.


Eight of Italy’s best-read guides gave unanimous kudos to the 2010 Ben Ryé Passito di Pantelleria DOP: an extraordinary result, whose splendid precedent was the 2006.


Donnafugata’s Ben Ryé is a well-confirmed icon of Italian wine, a winner of myriad national and international honors over the past 20 years.

And it swept the field in 2013: Tre Bicchieri from Gambero Rosso’s Guida ai Vini d’Italia, Cinque grappoli from Bibenda published by the AIS Rome, a Vino Slow rating from Slow Wine, a Super Tre Stelle Blu from I Vini di Veronelli, Eccellenza from L’Espresso’s Vini d’Italia, a Corona from the Touring Club’s Vini Buoni d’Italia, inclusion among the TOP 100 in D’Agata & Comparini’s Guida ai Migliori Vini d’Italia, 95/100 points from Luca Maroni’s Annuario dei Migliori Vini Italiani and, lastly, a rating of 95/100 from Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Wines of the Year.


“We are delighted for our Ben Ryé, which once again succeeds in getting the greatest attention and highest opinions from the best wine critics, for itself and for the island of Pantelleria,” says Antonio Rallo, head of production at Donnafugata. “A worthy result for our Passito di Pantelleria and the extreme viticulture whose child it is”.


Joining the Italian guides is Traveller magazine, rating Ben Ryé among the 10 Top Wine Travel attractions, a “reason to visit” the territory from which it comes.

Completing Ben Ryé’s success is response on the web. On the site wine-lovers can vote for their favorite among the top ten preferences of the guides: the 2010 Ben Ryé is currently in first place, followed by the 2008 Barbaresco from Gaja and Conterno’s 2004 Barolo Monfortino Riserva. Last but not least, Ben Ryé is one of the finalists for Best White Dessert Wine in the Luxury category at, the biggest online wine-lovers community, with more than a million registered users.


Public Relations:

Baldo M. Palermo [email protected] tel. 0039 0923 7242267

Laura Ellwanger [email protected] te. 0039 0923 724258

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