Donnafugata Sul Vulcano Etna Rosso DOC, Sicily, Italy, 2016 - Merchant of Wine

Donnafugata Sul Vulcano Etna Rosso DOC, Sicily, Italy, 2016

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Overview of the Wine

In 1983, the experienced winegrowing couple Giacomo and Gabriella Rallo decided to invest in a new Sicilian project that they called “Donnafugata.” Their vision was to create a contemporary winegrowing operation based around three sites in western Sicily and to produce a range of international and indigenous variety wines to showcase the potential of Sicily.

Today the estate is comprised of an historic family cellar in Marsala that dates back to 1851, a 667-acre estate at Contessa Entellina planted to a diverse range of grapes, and a third cellar on the volcanic island of Pantelleria, where Donnafugata cultivates 168 acres of Zibibbo vineyards. The company employs state-of-the-art, sustainable viticulture techniques at all three estates for wines of the highest quality.

At Donnafugata, stewardship of the environment is taken as seriously as the production of wine. The winery was one of the first wineries in Italy to produce all of its electricity from solar energy, taking advantage of the bountiful Sicilian sunshine, and in 2015 the island of Pantelleria was given UNESCO certification recognizing its unique vine training method.

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.

Grape / Blend

Nerello Mascalese


Sicily, Italy

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

Light ruby red, Sul Vulcano 2016 Etna Rosso DOC offers an elegant bouquet with notes of wild berries (strawberry and red currant) and flowery scents, along with delicate spicy nuances of cinnamon and nutmeg. Perfect harmony between aroma and taste, with good freshness and harmonious tannins. A long, balanced finish.

Perfect with mediterranean antipasti and first courses based on eggplant or mushrooms, meat and roast stew. Pairing options are numerous: from North-American cuisine (chicken wings, hamburgers) to moderate spicy Asian dishes (beef stir-fried, dumplings) to fusion cuisine like Tex-Mex based on meat and beans.

92 Points - James Suckling
Dried hibiscus, fruit tea, raspberries, fresh herbs and Indian spices. Medium-to full-bodied with a tight and composed tannin structure and a crunchy, medium-chewy finish.

91 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Rose, red berry and Asian incense aromas lift out of the glass on this fragrant red. Made entirely with Nerello Mascalese, the elegant palate delivers sour cherry, pomegranate, exotic spice and saline mineral notes alongside pliant tannins and bright acidity.

Product size: 750ml

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