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“First class production facility”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Donnafugata

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Discover and Taste Donnafugata Wines
Ranked #4 of 83 things to do in Marsala
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Imagination, knowledge and deep roots. The Donnafugata wines are a passionate interpretation of Sicily and its sensorial universe. Donnafugata was created in Sicily by an enterprising family with 160 years’ experience in premium wines. The adventure began in the Rallo family’s historic cellars in Marsala in 1983 and at its Contessa Entellina vineyards in the heart of western Sicily. In 1989 Donnafugata arrived on the island of Pantelleria, starting to produce naturally sweet wines.
Alpharetta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
“First class production facility”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2013

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.

Visited June 2013
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Perugia, Umbria, Italy
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“Wonderful visit to the reknowed Winery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2013

We had a wonderful visit at the Donnafugata Winery. First of all, their website makes it a breeze to schedule the visit. Second of all, even if you are in a small group, they will take the time to show you everything and explain the story behind their business (we were their only two guests at that particular hour). During the tasting, you can chose between 3 or 6 wines (7/10 euro) from their entire line. They also offer other tastings and lunches for larger groups.

Visited May 2013
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West Lafayette, Indiana
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“Good but not great”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2012

There are not that many wineries in Sicily that are easy to book a tour with from the US. Donnafugata has a good website so we booked a tour before leaving. The tour was pretty good but this is a large scale winery which felt very businesslike. However the tastings were great and I highly recommend the Ben Rye dessert wine - beautiful apricot color and amazing flavors! Worth the trip.

Visited May 2012
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Palermo, Italy
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“The art of wine”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2012

Been here with my husband and two friends last year. We had the chance to have the Marketing Director guiding us in the tour and telling us the marvelous story behind the beginnings and the artistic side of this winery. In Marsala you can actually visit the historic cellar of this family-run company, while the vineyards stand 35 miles away. The 19th century building (housing today both offices and warehouse), with its courtyard embellished with lemon and olive oil trees, is the heart of the business and the place where the entire line of wines is fined. History and modernity merge impressively in the underground barrels cellar, historical in shape but modern in both materials and energy saving methods… a view absolutely not to miss if you are in the area! The tasting, included in the tour, ranges from the very popular up to the very top of the line products, thus giving a complete view of the production. A visit that worth its weight in gold for true wine lovers!

Visited May 2011
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Durham, North Carolina
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“Excellent Winery with some Caveats”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2011

We made a day trip of our Marsala visit, with winery reservations in the morning and the evening. Unfortunately, we didn't find there to be too much to do after our first visit until our scheduled appt at 17:00. We wandered the city for a while, and tried to visit Donnafugata early, only to be stopped by their security guard and informed that we would have to leave and return when our reservation was. We tried back a second time, and were informed that we couldn't switch our appointment to an earlier time, because they already had people scheduled for the earlier visit.

So, we returned to Donnafugata for our visit, and had a wonderful tour with our hostess there as well. It was a bit annoying to find that there seemed to be two last-minute additions to our tour group, which made me wonder why this had been a problem for us. They only spoke Italian also, meaning that our tour guide had to speak to us in English and then them in Italian, creating a bit of an odd situation. I would be lying if I said I didn't enjoy it though - the winery is very impressive, and our hostess was delightful. As for the wines, their passito was quite amazing (Ben Rye)– which surprised me since I mostly drink only dry reds these days! Highly enjoyed the visit! Standard visit was free, though there are also options that pair the wines with various consumables for a higher cost.

Visited November 2011
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