We’ve seen it time and time again and it’s almost always these sites that end up making the most stunning wines in due time. Today’s offer is one of those stories and it comes from Etna in Sicily – an area previously thought to be ‘untouchable’ in the wine business.
It certainly was the case in 1983 when Giacomo and Gabriella Rallo decided to start a new Sicilian project called Donnafugata (woman in flight). Of course, they were met with a lot of opposition who told them the site was too volcanic to make good wine, especially whites – but the Rallos ignored the talk and built their operation around three sites in western Sicily.
Needless to say, the Rallo’s Donnafugata has made a fool out of critics and more than withstood the test of time. They now own nearly 500 vineyards in Sicily, and have 5 different winemaking and aging cellars in their portfolio. They’ve also been one of the leaders in Southern Italy for championing indigenous varietals with 10 different grape varieties currently a part of their arsenal.
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91 Points (Editors’ Choice), Wine Enthusiast
“This bright, savory white shows why Grillo is so popular right now. It opens with heady scents of white spring blossom, white stone fruit and wild Mediterranean herbs. Crisp and tangy, the incredibly enjoyable palate doles out juicy white peach, cantaloupe and saline mineral notes.”
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