People

People

Donnafugata was created in Sicily thanks to the initiative of a passionate family that revolutionized the style and the perception of Sicilian wine in the world.

Donnafugata now consists of a team of people increasingly focused on representing the excellence of Made in Italy all over the world – guided by the fifth generation of the family.

Josè

Josè
Josè

Josè

José, head of management control and communications manager, is a female entrepreneur prepared to put herself on the line to present her wines, even in the role of vocalist. She was awarded with the Premio Bellisario 2002 for her contribution to the valorisation of female entrepreneurship.

Gabriella

Gabriella
Gabriella

Gabriella

Gabriella, a courageous woman, willing to innovate and pioneer of quality viticulture in Sicily. Curious and sophisticated, the author and inspirer of the revolutionary Donnafugata labels.
Donnafugata now consists of a team of people increasingly focused on representing the excellence of Made in Italy all over the world – guided by the fifth generation of the family.

Giacomo

Giacomo
Giacomo

Giacomo

Giacomo Rallo, who unexpectedly passed away in May 2016, was a marketing man with deep knowledge of international markets, with the vision to found Donnafugata together with his wife.

Antonio

Antonio
Antonio

Antonio

Antonio, a dedicated agronomist and winemaker with strategic vision, also undertakes commitments outside of the company. He currently is the head of the consortium for safeguarding the denomination “DOC Sicilia”, an instrument for territorial promotion and cohesion. He presides also the Italian Wine Union (UIV), the main national association of wine sector companies.

Josè

José, head of management control and communications manager, is a female entrepreneur prepared to put herself on the line to present her wines, even in the role of vocalist. She was awarded with the Premio Bellisario 2002 for her contribution to the valorisation of female entrepreneurship.

The name

The name

The name Donnafugata refers to the novel by Tomasi di Lampedusa entitled Il Gattopardo (The Leopard). A name that means “donna in fuga” (woman in flight) and refers to the story of a queen who found refuge in the part of Sicily where the company’s vineyards are located today. An adventure that inspired the corporate logo: the image of a woman’s head with windblown hair that dominates every bottle. Donnafugata labels are also works of art created or inspired by Gabriella Rallo, as are the names of the wines, an homage to art and literature.

ARTISTIC LABELS

Donnafugata's places

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Our land

Donnafugata has 3 historic production premises in Sicily. The ancient family cellars in Marsala, where the bottling and aging processes take place. The Contessa Entellina winery, in the heart of western Sicily, with vineyards (270 hectares) and olive groves (9 hectares). The Khamma winery on Pantelleria, volcanic island between Sicily and Africa, with vineyards planted to Zibibbo (68 hectares) cultivated alberello pantesco (UNESCO World Heritage).
With the 2016 harvest, Donnafugata realizes a dream cultivated for a long time: produce, in eastern Sicily, wines under the prestigious Etna, Cerasuolo and Frappato di Vittoria denominations, counting respectively on 15 hectares of vineyards and a vinification cellar in Randazzo on the northern slope of the volcano, and 18 hectares in Acate, classic territory of the denomination. A project that wants to propose the excellence of Sicilian wine from different territories, all of them with extraordinary potential.

Timeline

1851

1851

The Rallo family entered the wine world in Sicily in the wake of English entrepreneurs.

1983

1983

Giacomo and Gabriella created Donnafugata, a name with artistic connections. A new style for Sicilian wines.

1987

1987

Vigna di Gabri was born: Donnafugata’s cru, fruit of Gabriella’s passion for the ancient Ansonica grape variety.

1989

1989

Donnafugata started operating on the island of Pantelleria where it cultivated bush-trained Zibibbo vines on terraces and started producing the Passito Ben Ryé.

1990

1990

Gabriella and Giacomo were joined by their children José and Antonio and the company sought more and more pleasantness and elegance in its wines.

1994

1994

The first artistic label: inspired by Gabriella, Stefano Vitale created the illustration for La Fuga for the Chardonnay of the newly created Contessa Entellina DOC.

1995

1995

The first vintage of Mille e Una Notte conceived by Giacomo Rallo together with the great enologist Giacomo Tachis.

1998

1998

The first nighttime harvest of Chardonnay at Contessa Entellina. A way to preserve the aromas of the grapes and save energy.

1999

1999

A century-old vineyard planted to ungrafted Zibibbo on Pantelleria is brought back into use.

2002

2002

The first photovoltaic system at Contessa Entellina, followed by two others. More clean energy and reduced CO2 emissions

2005

2005

Donnafugata Music & Wine with José Rallo singing at the Blue Note in New York.

2006

2006

Inauguration of the Khamma winery, built respecting the landscape of the island of Pantelleria.

Giacomo Rallo Cavaliere del Lavoro of the Italian Republic, the highest honour for an entrepreneur.

2007

2007

In Marsala, construction of an underground barrique cellar for energy saving.

2008

2008

Donation to FAI of a restored Giardino Pantesco (Pantellerian garden), open to visitors, which protects a century-old orange tree.

2009-10

2009-10

Creation of experimental fields in Contessa Entellina and Pantelleria for the study of native grapes and for the restoration of the “reliquia” type at risk of disappearing

2011

2011

Donnafugata calculated its Carbon Footprint, quantifying the CO2 emissions from the vine to the bottle.

2012

2012

DOC Sicilia was created, Antonio Rallo was elected Chairman of the Consortium. Donnafugata goes social.

2014

2014

Donnafugata welcoming was renewed, with tours and tastings increasingly tailored to wine lovers.

2014

2014

The bushtrained vines of Pantelleria, cultivated using a creative and sustainable agricultural practice, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage.

2015

2015

Expo in Milan. Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life! A theme that sees Donnafugata protagonist

2016

2016

Giacomo Rallo, the founder of the Donnafugata winery and leading figure of Italian quality wine, passed away suddenly in May.

2016

2016

Antonio Rallo is elected president of the Italian Wine Union.

Our company in numbers

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Years of experience acquired by the Rallo family in the field of wine

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Wineries with vinification and ageing facilities

0 Hectares

Hectares of vineyards: Contessa Entellina and Pantelleria

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Countries where it is distributed

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Employees in 2015

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Native grape-varieties grown in Contessa Entellina and Pantelleria experimental fields

0 Certifications

Certifications: four quality certificates and one for the Carbon Footprint