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Cantine Aperte at Donnafugata: appointment with quality wine


On Sunday, May 27, the traditional Cantine Aperte (open wineries) event returns to Donnafugata. Guided tours, tastings of the entire range of wines and entertainment

for the youngest visitors for an unforgettable day.


Marsala, May 23, 2007. The Donnafugata Estate will be receiving guests again this year, on Sunday, May 27, in observing the 2007 edition of the Cantine Aperte (Open Wineries) program. The event, promoted by the Wine Tourism Movement, will be an important occasion during which Donnafugata can renew its contact with numerous wine lovers, old and new, who want to make closer contact with the quality wine sector and to explore the heart of the estate.

Wine lovers who participate in the daylong event will be guided by the estate’s staff along a path that explains the various phases of winemaking and illustrates the entire production process from the vineyard to the bottle. Attention will also be focused on innovations in production, without overlooking factors linked to the oversight and safeguarding of the environment.

The itinerary will begin with a stroll among the rows of vines during which they can learn the characteristics of the vineyard and the training and pruning systems used. The visit will continue in the modern vinification cellar, the pride of Donnafugata. It is the place where the whites and reds are created.

Afterward, visitors will see a projection of a video that presents some of the most recent journalistic reportage devoted to Donnafugata as well as the new winery the estate has established on the island of Pantelleria and in which the award-winning Ben Ryè is produced.

The key moment of the visit will be the tasting of the estate’s wines, including products of native varieties like Ansonica (Vigna di Gabri) and Nero d’Avola (Mille e una Notte) as well as highly successful combinations of native and international grapes like Ansonica-Chardonnay (Chiarandà) and Nero d’Avola-Cabernet Sauvignon (Tancredi). Sherazade, the new red made from Nero d’Avola and Syrah and the naturally sweet wines of Pantelleria: Moscato Kabir and Passito Ben Ryé will also be offered for tasting.

For the youngsters accompanying their parents, there will be an area dedicated exclusively to their amusement with games and rides overseen by animators of the Apecheronza association.

The program will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 6 p.m. at Km 60 on the limited-access Palermo-Sciacca Highway 624. The price of the tasting is € 3 plus a € 2 deposit for the goblet. Reservations at the toll-free number 800 252321 or the e-mail address: [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

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