Donnafugata was founded in Sicily by an enterprising family with 160 years’ experience in premium wines. Giacomo Rallo and wife Gabriella, daughter José and son Antonio are engaged in an entrepreneurial project with a focus on attention to detail and synchronizing people and nature to make wines that correspond increasingly more to the potential of this area. The Donnafugata 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, commencing its production of naturally sweet wines.
The palace shown on the label is the one where Queen Maria Carolina took refuge fleeing from Naples and was the favorite house of the writer Tomasi di Lampedusa in Santa Margherita Belice. Gabriella Anca Rallo –founder of Donnafugata, with her husband Giacomo- captures the image and embeds it into the sky from "Arabian Nights", full of stars and full of promise. The strong and passionate character of this wine has inspired maître chocolatier Ernst Knam in his creation of the "Mille e una Notte with chili" pralines. Mille e una Notte is characterized by its great personality: the nose offers an ample and profound bouquet and the palate has soft and enveloping tannins. Donnafugata's flagship red.
Type: Sicilia Igp Red.
Grapes: Nero d'Avola, Petit Verdot, Syrah and other grapes.
Production area: South-western Sicily, Contessa Entellina Estate.
Altitude: 200 to 600 m AMSL
Soils: clay loam with a sub-alkaline reaction (pH 7.5 to 7.9). Total limestone from 20 to 35%. Rich in nutritive elements
(potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, manganese, zinc).
Fermentation: in stainless steel with maceration on the skins for about 12 days at a temperature of 26-30°C (79-86°F).
Aging: in mostly new French oak barriques for 14 months and then in the bottle for at least 36 months.
Analysis data: alcohol 13.65% vol., total acidity: 5.9 g/l., pH: 3.60
Description: Mille e una Notte is characterized by an ample bouquet, with notes that range from red fruit (cherry) to spices (pepper and liquorice). The palate is fragrant, it perfectly reflects the nose, with soft and enveloping tannins. Long persistence on the finish: a wine with great personality and elegance.
Food & Wine: with elaborate dishes of red meat, pork, lamb, also with tasty fish dishes. If served in large, big-bellied goblets it can be uncorked a few minutes before, otherwise a couple of hours earlier. Excellent at 18°C (64°F).
Occasions: protagonist of an elegant dinner and of your most special and important moments.