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Corporate Profile 2013


INDEX Map Brief profile and mission Vineyards and cellars at Contessa Entellina, Pantelleria and Marsala Donnafugata Quality wines and Sustainability -

Energy savings and clean energy The nocturnal harvest. The underground barrique room. The photovoltaic system taking advantage of solar energy.

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Reduction of CO2 emissions and waste valorization Planting of a cork oaf forest to compensate CO2 emissions. “100 Tappi&Stappi”, the campaign to recycle bottle corks.

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Sustainable agriculture Contessa Entellina: Protecting the soil by monitoring the environment. An experimental vineyard for indigenous grapes. Pantelleria: Heroic viticulture. The hundred-year-old vineyard an example of biodiversity. The experimental vineyard for the enhancement of Zibibbo.

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Sustainable architecture The Khamma winery, drywalls and landscape protection on Pantelleria. The Pantellerian garden donated to the FAI.

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Archeology, Art, Literature, Music and Solidarity Archeological digs on the Rocca di Entella. Restoration of the XV century Madonna and Child. The Tomasi di Lampedusa Literary Prize. Tapestries Museum of Marsala: Donnafugata Music&Wine: 2 live CDs to raise funds for the territory. The artisanal cake made with Kabir, Donnafugata’s Moscato di Pantelleria

Wine tourism at Donnafugata Donnafugata on the web Labels: Wines, distillates, olive oil Laura Ellwanger – Relations with the International Press. pr.international@donnafugata.it; t:+39 0923 724263 ; c: +39 334 6833083;

Ferdinando Calaciura – Italian Press Office calaciura@granviasc.it mobile + 39 338 322 9837


Brief profile and mission Donnafugata was created in Sicily by an enterprising family with 160 years’ experience in premium wines. Giacomo Rallo and his wife Gabriella, with their children José and Antonio, are engaged in an entrepreneurial project aimed at care for details and at putting people at the service of nature to make wines that increasingly correspond to the territory’s potential. The Donnafugata adventure began in 1983 in the Rallo family’s historic cellars in Marsala 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. Today Donnafugata has about 338 hectares (835 acres) of vineyards in production, of which 270 (667 acres) are in Contessa Entellina and 68 (168 acres) on Pantelleria. The name Donnafugata, literally “woman in flight” refers to the history of Queen Maria Carolina, wife of Ferdinand IV of Bourbon, who in the early 1800s – fleeing Naples on the arrival of Napoleons troops – sought refuge in the part of Sicily where the winery’s vineyards now stand. This event inspired the winery’s logo, the effigy of a woman’s head with windblown hair found on every bottle. It was Sicilian author Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, in his novel Il Gattopardo (The Leopard), who gave the name of Donnafugata to the country estates of the Prince of Salina which hosted the queen and now host the winery’s vineyards. Vineyards and Cellars The Contessa Entellina winery is located in the heart of western Sicily, where vineyards are an integral part of the landscape. On 270 hectares (667 acres) divided in 10 different districts, Donnafugata grows both indigenous grapes Ansonica, Catarratto, Grecanico and Nero d’Avola – and the international varieties that have proven to adapt best to the pedoclimatic conditions of the different territories of the estate, including Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc in small quantities. Lately have been also introduced Grillo, Fiano, Petit Manseng as well as Alicante Bouchet, Tannat, Petit Verdot and Pinot Noir. Immediately after picking, the grapes from different districts are sent to the cellars to be vinified separately. Cultivating 17 varieties was an agronomic decision aimed at valorizing the particularities of the different areas (soil, elevation, exposure) and producing complex wines with great personality. Thanks to Donnafugata’s initiative, in 1994 Contessa Entellina was granted DOC status, On Pantelleria, a volcanic island lying between Sicily and Africa, Donnafugata has 68 hectares (168 acres) planted with Zibibbo (Muscat of Alexandria) and a winery in the Khamma district that is a fine example of sustainable architecture. The vines, trained in bush form, are grown on small terraced plots delimited by drywalls in lava stone. These Pantellerian “bushes” are planted in “basins” of hollowed-out earth, are low-lying and molded by the dry, windy climate. Given such conditions, grape growing is almost entirely manual and even harvesting is very laborious. The winery’s vineyards are located in 12 districts of the island differing in soil, altitude, exposure and age (some are more than 100 years old). At the Khamma winery individual batches of grapes are worked separately down to final blending, respecting and enhancing the plurality of viticultural contexts. Here are born Ben Ryé, Kabir and Lighea. The Marsala cellars, built 1851, are a living example of industrial archeology. The layout of the “baglio”, a typically Mediterranean warehouse, has been retained and features a


spacious courtyard adorned with citrus and olive trees, and trussed wooden ceilings, the work of master carpenters of long ago. Today it houses a dynamic, productive enterprise whose aim is excellence. Here converge the products obtained at Contessa Entellina and on Pantelleria for refinement (in steel, cement and oak) and bottling. These processes are conducted with simple technologies increasingly respectful of the intrinsic qualities of musts and wines. Since temperature control is so important to every production stage, the cellars have air-conditioned, insulated rooms to get the maximum energy savings, in line with the winery’s environment policies. These are also the bases for the underground barrique room, carved from tuff. Donnafugata Quality wines and Sustainability Donnafugata is committed to an ecologically and culturally responsible policy. It is a sustainable enterprise that looks to the future. A farsighted way of doing business.

Energy savings and clean energy The nocturnal harvest. In August of 1998 an experiment was conducted at Contessa Entellina: the nighttime harvesting of Chardonnay grapes. This was a technical decision that proved rewarding from the enological and environmental standpoints, taking advantage of the big differences in temperature between day and night so typical of these zones. In the second week of August, when daytime temperatures can rise as high as 95°F, the grapes are picked at night (61-64°F) preventing undesired fermentation during transport and getting energy savings of 70% in cooling the grapes prior to pressing (50°F) when there are higher risks of aroma volatilization. The underground barrique cellar. Since 2007 in Marsala is operating a new underground barrique cellar which allows high energy savings. Carved underground (- 7 m/ -23 ft) in tuff rock and close to a groundwater, the cellar enjoys ideal temperature (15-16 ° C, 59°-60.8° F) and humidity (85%) for the ageing of our most important and long-lived wines. An electronic system monitors that these parameters are constant and maintains them to the desired values. Photovoltaic panels taking advantage of solar energy. In 2002, at Contessa Entellina, Donnafugata began to produce clean energy, taking advantage of sunlight by means of a roof installed with 18-kW photovoltaic panels. In 2009 it added a new 50kW installation, bringing energy production to 70% of winery needs. In 2007 the Marsala cellars were equipped with a 50 kW system. It is estimated that the three installations will permit a savings of approximately 85,000 kg (187,000 lbs) of CO2 each year. Since 2002 the winery has been a member of the Kyoto Club, the Italian association committed to reducing carbon footprint. Reduction of CO2 emissions and waste valorization Planting of a cork oak wood to compensate CO2 emissions: Since 2011, Donnafugata shares with the Istituto Grandi Marchi and AzzeroCO2 a project aiming to compensate for the CO2 emissions arising from promotional activities abroad through planting a cork oak wood in Sardinia. After the first hectare, planted on November 2011, 4 more will follow, for a total of 5 ha in 5 years. A project protecting an historical bond between oak cork and wine thus promoting a cap whose production develops less CO2 emissions compared to other materials.


“100 Tappi&Stappi”, the campaing recycling bottle corks: Donnafugata launches in August 2011, the campaign for collecting and recycling bottle corks, in collaboration with AMORIM CORK and CTS VIAGGI, thus making wine lovers the leading actors of a sustainability project. Cork is 100% recyclable: Amorim Cork sees to its recoup and recycling in the form of products with high added value such as the ones used in bio-furniture and green-building. CTS Viaggi, with its many travel agencies located in different Italian cities, is an enthusiastic partner of bottle corks collection. Donnafugata gives a free bottle of La Fuga to all those bringing at least 100 bottle corks. In January 2013 the campaign ends with a terrific goal, with more than 87,000 corks collected for being recycled. Sustainable agriculture Contessa Entellina. Protecting the soil by monitoring the environment. Since 2007 Donnafugata has been the only company in Sicily to belong to the experimental Agriveltha project aimed at preventing the onset of conditions favorable to the development of certain vine diseases (downy mildew and oidium) in order to treat vines only when strictly necessary. Through a control panel installed at Contessa Entellina it is possible to monitor various climatic and environmental parameters, such as rainfall, soil and air temperature, sunlight, relative humidity in the air, wind speed and direction, leaf bathing, etc.). A study conducted to reduce to a minimum phytosanitary treatments and the environmental impact of their residues. Contessa Entellina. An experimental vineyard for indigenous vines. Since 2009 Donnafugata has made available to the regional project for “Innovation and Valorization of Native Sicilian Grapes” half a hectare (1.25 acres) of land at Contessa Entellina. An experimental vineyard in which have been planted 19 different indigenous varieties for a total of 30 biotypes. Among them 4 biotypes of Nero d'Avola, 3 of Catarratto, 2 of Ansonica - grape varieties widely spread on the island and a biotype for each of the "relic varieties" almost totally disappeared from the vineyard regional scene, including Nocera, Vitrarolo and Alzano. The project involves a group of wineries located in different areas of Sicily and its purpose is to pinpoint and for every territory select the grape types that will give the best enological results, thus valorizing their potential. Vineyard growth was controlled in both 2010 and 2011, whereas in 2012 the grapes were harvested for the first time. Grape profiles were also studied for sugar maturation and polyphenols. Pantelleria. Heroic viticulture The grape growers’ work on Pantelleria is one of the last examples of heroic viticulture in the Mediterranean. A climate that is arid and windy, vines grown low in bush form, land in small parcels and terraced terrain along with drywall and wind-break maintenance means a great deal of work and raises wine production costs. On Pantelleria 3 times more labor is required than at the winery’s Contessa Entellina vineyards. And in the particular case of Ben Ryé, added to this are the costs of drying the fresh grapes on racks and manually stripping off the dried ones. Only high-quality products, supported by strong territorial identity, can guarantee adequate remuneration for the costs of this kind of production system. Without forgetting that on Pantelleria viticulture is a way of protecting the landscape, an inestimable asset for the island’s economy. Pantelleria. The century-old vineyard, an example of biodiversity. In 1999, at Khamma, Donnafugata reclaimed a 17.5-acre vineyard of Zibibbo with non-grafted (“piede franco”) vines more than 100 years old. Healthier and with greater longevity


than grafted plants, the Zibibbo at Khamma is very resistant to drought, limestone and salinity; its vine/grape growth balance is more harmonious and grape quality is exceptional. The old wood is a great “reservoir” of sugars and during the setting stage they pass into the new wood, reaching the grapes and adding a wealth of aromas to their sugar content. These hundred-year-old vines have made Ben Ryé even more complex and elegant. They grow in sandy terrain of volcanic origin where the virulence of phylloxera (vine pest) is greatly reduced, and they are both an “historic find” and a formidable legacy of biodiversity, as demonstrated by studies conducted by Prof. Mario Fregoni of the Catholic University of Piacenza. Pantelleria. The experimental vineyard for the enhancement of Zibibbo Donnafugata has launched a new research project: an experimental vineyard of 33 bio-types s of the Zibibbo grapes (Muscat of Alexandria) for the enhancement and preservation of this variety. Under the supervision of Prof. Attilio Scienza, bio-types of Muscat of Alexandria using massal selection were chosen in Spain, France, Greece and southern Italy. Planted in March 2010, the 2,117 vines (about 64 plants of each bio-type) covering 0.60 hectares in the district of Barone, in the south of the island, at a height of 400 meters above sea level. During the first two years (2010 and 2011) vineyard growth was monitored and in 2012 grape samplings were taken to study the aromatic profile, in particular the concentration of terpenes. Thanks to this experimentation it will be possible to identify clones of Zibibbo that will allow even better use of Pantelleria’s viticultural potential.

Sustainable architecture on Pantelleria The Khamma winery lies in a natural amphitheater covering 32 and a half acres and consisting of terraced vineyards rising towards Monte Gibele (836 m, 1786 ft) and sloping down towards the sea. Designed and built in full respect for the island’s architecture and landscape, the winery is composed of two distinct units. The part devoted to vinification is clad entirely (1,000 sq m/10,763 sq ft) in hand-cut lava stone and the two-storey Pantellerian “palazzotto” has the vaulted ceilings typical of the dammusi (the island’s dwellings) and houses the wine shop and guest rooms. It was designed by architect Gabriella Giuntoli, who for years has been building and repairing the most charming dammusi on the island. Donnafugata is also committed to maintaining Pantelleria’s landscape and repairing its characteristic drywalls (11 km, or nearly 7 miles, in the past three years) which serve to hold in the terrain, protect the vineyard and provide abodes for animal and plant species such as arbutus berry trees, myrtle, phillyrea and heather (1,000 sq m/ 10,763 sq ft) of Mediterranean maquis reclaimed). The restored Pantellerian garden donated to the FAI. In 2008 Donnafugata recuperated and donated to the FAI - Fondo Ambiente Italiano, The National Trust for Italy – one of the few restored examples that can be visited of the giardino pantesco, a typical form of rural architecture with high drywalls. Its circular layout, size and lava stone walls create the ideal microclimate for growing and protecting from wind and drought a century-old orange tree, a valuable “vitamin factory”. An example of an agronomic system self-sufficient from the water standpoint. The garden can be visited in July, August and September and is part of an itinerary from vineyard to cellar.


Dimensions: Wall thickness: 1.30 meters (4 ft). External wall height: from 2.7 to 4 meters (8.8 to 13 ft). Internal wall height: 3 meters (9.8 ft). Internal diameter: 8.4 meters (27.5 ft); External diameter: 11 meters (36 ft).

Archeology, Art, Literature, Music and Solidarity Archeological digs on the Rocca di Entella. Since 2000 Donnafugata has been supporting the Scuola Normale di Pisa (Pisa University) in its archeological digs on the Elymian site of Rocca di Entella – ancient Anthìlia – near the winery’s vineyards. The Elymians have been attributed with introducing grape growing to this area, as demonstrated by numerous findings on the Rocca and by the effigies of grape bunches found on Roman coins of that era. To shed more light on this ancient civilization Donnafugata annually awards a scholarship in the name of scholar Giuseppe Nenci. Anthilia is today the name of the Donnafugata white wine most popular worldwide. Restoration of the XV century Madonna and Child. One of the most important works in the “A. Pepoli” Regional Museum in Trapani, the Madonna and Child with drape-holding angels required urgent conservational restoration. Donnafugata’s contribution made it possible to quickly return the painting to its former splendor. From 2003 to 2008 Donnafugata supported the Literary Prize dedicated to Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa – author of The Leopard – whose winners included Abraham Yehoshua, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Claudio Magris and Anita Desai, and which was awarded by celebrities like Claudia Cardinale and Nicola Piovani. Tapestries Museum of Marsala: To valorize the city of Marsala’s historic and cultural heritage, Donnafugata launches in 2012 an initiative devoted to the Tapestries Museum of Marsala. During the past editions of Cantine Aperte (Open Cellars) and San Martino (Indian Summer Time) was offered, included in the tasting ticket, a free pass to visit this city museum where to admire 8 splendid Flemish tapestries. Donnafugata Music&Wine: 2 live CDs to raise funds for the territory. The Donnafugata Music&Wine Live project was created in 2002 by group of friends enamored of jazz and Brazilian music. José Rallo, producer and solo vocalist, stages a multi-sensorial experience that pairs each wine with a piece of music whose rhythms accompany the sensations of the tasting. Memorable concerts were held in 2004 at the Blue Note in Milan, in 2005 at the Blue Note in New York, and in 2006 in Beijing and Shanghai. In 2004 the first live CD was recorded and sold in Italian wine shops and restaurants to raise funds (120,000 euro) on behalf of the Pediatric Heart Surgery Department of the Palermo City Hospital. In 2007 the second live CD featured 15 wind instruments and two great names in world jazz, Eliot Zigmund and Bill Moring. These funds support a micro-credit project shared with Banca Etica and a network of non-profit organizations. In 2010 the first funds were disbursed (22,000 euros) to three young female artisans working in one of the most poorest areas of Palermo. It hasn’t been easy but we hope that this successful funding can serve as flywheel for new self-employment projects.


The artisanal panettone made with Kabir, Donnafugata’s Moscato di Pantelleria Donnafugata renews its social commitment through the collaboration with the Pasticceria del Carcere di Padova, mostly known for “I Dolci di Giotto” brand, a cooperative that has trained the Padua’s “I Due Palazzi” prison inmates to be master pastry chefs. This is the way the artisanal Christmas cake made with Kabir, Donnafugata’s Moscato di Pantelleria, was created. The special ingredient in the panettone is a shared vision of social commitment: the result is a sensational cake, inspired to Christmas season though sunny and Mediterranean. Thus the cooperation between two exemplars of Italian wine & food excellence contributes to professional and human rehabilitation of the inmates of this prison, where repeat incarceration rate has been reduced to 1%, proving a real social re-insertion. The project, presented at Taste 2012, has been acclaimed enthusiastically and immediately awarded by both the public and the critics. During the “Panettone tutto l’anno” tasting, held by journalist Davide Paolini, the Kabirflavored panettone obtained the majority of preferences and scored best in "Vota il tuo Panettone” contest.

Wine tourism at Donnafugata Donnafugata warmly welcomes wine tourists in its historic Marsala cellars all year round and during summer at its estates at Contessa Entellina and on Pantelleria. It offers guided tours, professional tastings and refined pairings with Sicilian cuisine at charming, relaxing venues. Not to miss are the three annual events: Cantine Aperte (Open Cellars) the last Sunday in May in Marsala, Calici di Stelle (Goblets of Stars) on August 10 at the Contessa Entellina estate preparing for the nighttime grape harvest and last but not least San Martino (Indian Summer), celebrated in November offering a preview tasting of the mono-varietals in Marsala accompanied by a traditional autumn fare. Donnafugata welcomes wine enthusiasts and curious from all over the world for whom the wine and food experience is both a reason to travel and a way of life. Visiting Donnafugata in 2012 were about 11,000 wine tourists from 30 foreign countries, mostly from the United States, Switzerland, Germany and Japan. In 2013 Donnafugata takes part in Marsala European Wine City 2013, a recognition received by RECEVIN (European Network of Wine Cities) investing in the city of Marsala as representative of wine of the old continent. Donnafugata participates in the rich program organized on the occasion of this important event and riserves the tourists who join the circuit of visits promoted all year long, the tasting of 6 wines at a special condition (7 € instead of 10 €). The Marsala cellars, open all year round, are 120 km (75 miles) from Palermo and 15 km (9 miles) from the Trapani-Birgi airport. The Contessa Entellina and Pantelleria vineyards can be visited in the summer, by reservation. The Contessa Entellina estate is 60 km (37 and a half miles) from Palermo and 80 km (50 miles) from Marsala. The island of Pantelleria can be reached by air and sea.

Donnafugata on the web The web site. Logging on it you will find a constantly updated website full of information, pictures and services. You can book winery tours, get labels and technical files in 10


languages, folders, photos and tastings in jazz. You’ll find the most representative photos and videos. The site, entirely in Italian and English, also welcomes Chinese, South Korean, French, Japanese, Spanish, German and Russian visitors with a landing page in their languages with links to: importers, press review and above all technical sheets for each wine. For people wanting to keep up to date, news arrives periodically through the newsletter. Night harvest livestream: The night of August 10th the nighttime harvest of the Chardonnay was streamed live on www.donnafugatalive.com and on the Facebook page. A way to share online the emotions of the beginning of the Night Harvest, enabling wine lovers all over the world to watch the moonlight grape picking on their computers and mobile devices for a innovative Social Wine Experience. Stay tuned on our social profiles for upcoming events. Social Media. In April 2012 Donnafugata launches its social profiles, creating meeting places for all the winelovers to keep updated about Donnafugata’s events and activities and also to meet new people, network for business or pleasure, chat and share these experiences. Follow DonnafugataWine on: Facebook & Twitter: A places to share posts from the winery on events, vintages, tips for winelovers travelling to Sicily and items of interests. A place for you to share your experiences and interest in wine through words and images with Donnafugata. Instagram: A place to display our photos and give an inside look of Donnafugata. Follow us through these #hastags :#donnafugatalive #winelover #wine #sicily You Tube: A channel to share with you the music&wine jazz tasting mini clips, videos about our events and about Donnafugata’s history! How to download photos in high resolution from www.donnafugata.it “News & Press” or “Download” “High-resolution photos” “Login” “email”: photo@donnafugata.it “password”: collection (direct link: http://www.donnafugata.it/pagine/pagina.aspx?ID=Login&L=EN&ID_Login=Foto_in_alta003&L_Login=EN) If you use Donnafugata photos, we request that you always cite the photographer and copyright, as given in the text file you can download with the photos.


The labels Whites Anthìlia 2012 (Catarratto and other grapes) Sicilia DOP Polena 2012 (Catarratto and Viognier) Sicilia DOP SurSur 2012 (Grillo) Grillo Sicilia DOP Lighea 2012 (Zibibbo) Zibibbo Terre Siciliane IGP La Fuga 2012 (Chardonnay) Contessa Entellina DOP Vigna di Gabri 2012 (Ansonica and other grapes) Contessa Entellina DOP Chiarandà 2010 (Chardonnay) Contessa Entellina DOP

Sparkling Donnafugata Brut- Metodo Classico (Disgorgement date: November 2012)

Reds Sherazade 2012 (Nero d’Avola) Nero d’Avola Sicilia DOP Sedàra 2011 (Nero d’Avola and other grapes) Sicilia IGP Angheli 2009 (Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon) Sicilia IGP Tancredi 2008 (Cabernet Sauvignon, Nero d’Avola and other grapes) Sicilia IGP Mille e una Notte 2008 (Nero d’Avola and a small percentage of other grapes) Contessa Entellina DOC “Naturally” sweet wines Kabir 2012 (Zibibbo) Moscato di Pantelleria DOP Ben Ryè 2011 (Zibibbo) Passito di Pantelleria DOP

Grappas Grappa Mille e una Notte (pomace from top quality red grapes; matured in oak - 42% alc. vol.) Grappa Ben Ryè (Zibibbo pomace; matured in oak - 42% alc. vol.)

Extra-virgin olive oil Milleanni (Nocellara del Belìce, Biancolilla, Cerasuola) Donnafugata is a jazz-paced winery blending rules and creativity, feelings and technique

Laura Ellwanger – Relations with the International Press. pr.international@donnafugata.it; p:+39 0923 724263 ; c: +39 334 6833083;

Ferdinando Calaciura – Italian Press Office calaciura@granviasc.it mobile + 39 338 322 9837


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