Donnafugata Winery is one of Italy’s finest wineries and praised by wine critics and wine lovers alike all over the globe. Located in Sicily, Donnafugata has various estates including the historic cellar in Marsala, the beautiful Contessa Entellina country house and vineyards in the western interior of the island, and another winery and estate in the windswept island of Pantelleria off Sicily’s southwest coast. The Rallo family who owns Donnafugata have been in the wine business for over a century and the current generation is extremely dynamic and visionary. The Donnafugata brand was born in the early 1980s by Giacomo and Gabriella Rallo in the family’s historic cellars and today their children José and Antonio play prominent roles in the company.
In the vineyard Donnafugata does not use herbicides or chemical fertilizers and minimizes the use of phytopharmaceuticals thanks to integrated control techniques, such as the monitoring of climate parameters (rainfall, temperature, humidity etc.) and the control of insects (moths) present, through the use of pheromone traps. Donnafugata is also pursuing grape sustainability with the use of green manure, organic fertilization, emergency irrigation and cluster thinning, rationalizing the use of natural resources such as soil, water, air and energy. The good practices adopted in the vineyard (Good Agricultural Practices, GAP) are an indispensable instrument for the production of healthy and perfectly ripe grapes, minimizing environmental impact.
Donnafugata Sedara is vinified in stainless steel with maceration on the skins for about 6-8 days at a temperature of 25-28 Celsius (77-82 Farenheit). After malolactic fermentation, the wine ages for about 9 months in cement tanks and then for almost 6 months in the bottle prior to release.
With a pretty ruby red color Donnafugata Sedara offers a fruity bouquet with scents of cherry and plum combined with a light spicy note of black pepper. The palate displays good structure with smooth tannins and a pleasant freshness. A soft red, versatile for food pairing, perfect for every day.