In the US, Donnafugata is one of the best know Sicilian producers, but in most of the US, we do not have access to their full line of products. The best part of this tour is the opportunity to determine the number wines you taste and the mix – red/white – of wines you taste which may give you exposure to wines you are not familiar with.
As others have said, the website makes it easy to book a tour, and a reservation is required, although we were told that reservations may be made last minute by your hotel. It is still our recommendation that you book ahead on line.
Because of the climate and distances involved, most Sicilian producers press near the vineyard, and then transport the juice to a cantina for processing. Donnafugata has vineyards in several location in Sicily so they are no exception. So, you won’t see that part of the operation, but what you will see is one of the most modern, most clean fermentation, cellaring and packaging operations we have toured.
We had an English speaking guide for our group and saw other tour groups where the language was different. Each group did their own tasting in a separate room. We were not rushed and felt like our tour leader would have spent as much time as we wanted as long as we continued to ask relevant questions.
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