Contessa Entellina Rosso DOC 'Mille e Una Notte' 2017 (750 ml.) - Donnafugata

'Mille e Una Notte' by Donnafugata has an ample and enveloping bouquet characterized by fruity notes of mulberry, blackberry and plum, and balsamic and spicy scents (nutmeg). In the mouth it is soft and intense and it amazes with the great finesse of its tannins. Long persistence on the finish. Donnafugata’s flagship red confirms itself as an icon of style and elegance.


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'Mille e Una Notte' by Donnafugata has an ample and enveloping bouquet characterized by fruity notes of mulberry, blackberry and plum, and balsamic and spicy scents (nutmeg). In the mouth it is soft and intense and it amazes with the great finesse of its tannins. Long persistence on the finish. Donnafugata’s flagship red confirms itself as an icon of style and elegance.


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.


The name Donnafugata, literally ‘woman in flight’ refers to the history of Queen Maria Carolina, wife of Ferdinand IV of Bourbon, who fled Naples in the early 1800s on the arrival of Napoleon’s troops, seeking refuge in the part of Sicily where the winery's vineyards now stand. This event inspired the Donnafugata 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 Donnafugata to the country estates of the Prince of Salina. The estate was where the queen stayed, and it now holds the winery’s vineyards.


Donnafugata believes that great wine reflects the land of its origin. Nature of the soil, exposure, altitude, climat and vines are the principle variables for producing wines which express their belonging to unique terroirs. After choosing the right grapes for a terroir, targeted viticulture carefully and sensitively “reads” the vineyard in its interaction with the environment to bring the grapes at their qualitative peak. Frequent on-site grape tastings make it possible to pinpoint the ideal time for harvesting each individual vineyard. Vinification processes use simple technology respecting the integrity of the grapes, musts and wines. Through continual tastings the technical staff checks on sensorial goals linked to the fruit and the terroir. Intervening on the processes underway in vineyard and cellar, year after year precision enology redefines the boundaries of quality. The staff is composed of close-working experts (agronomist, enologist, quality-control manager, cellar personnel and vineyard overseers) who accompany the production process to ensure that nature takes its course in the best.

Contessa Entellina

The Contessa Entellina winery is located in the charming countryside of western Sicily, where vineyards are an integral part of the landscape. Donnafugata cultivates in 10 different terroirs a plurality of native and international varieties. A winegrowing choice to valorize the particular features (soil, altitude, exposure) of the different areas and produce wines of personality, fruit character, elegance, and finesse.


On Pantelleria the Donnfugata winery and vineyards blend harmoniously into the landscape and the unique agricoltural setting of the island of volcanic origin, lying between Sicily and Africa, it is a rare example of heroic viticulture. The landscape reflects the hard labor required to create terraced plots and dry-stone walls in order to cultivate vineyard shaped by the wind. Donnafugata’s vineyards, where Zibibbo grapes are cultivated, are located in 12 districts (contrade) of the island differnt in soil, altitude, exposure and age of the plants (some vines are more than 100 years old). Khamma winery, example of sustainable architecture, has a technologically advanced equippement. The Zibibbo harvested in the different districts are processed separately to respect and enhance the plurality of viticoltural contexts.


The old family cellars are the strategic base of the company, site of refinement and bottling for Donnafugata wines. The Marsala cellars, built in 1851, are a living example of industrial archaeology. The layout of the ‘baglio’, a typically Mediterranean warehouse, has been retained and features a spacious courtyard adorned with citrus and olive trees, as well as trussed wooden ceilings, the work of master carpenters of bygone times. Today, it houses a dynamic, productive enterprise which strives for excellence. This is where the products of Contessa Entellina and Pantelleria converge for refinement  (in steel, cement and oak) and  bottling. These processes are conducted with simple technologies that respect the intrinsic qualities of the musts and wines. Since temperature control is so important to every production stage, the cellars have air-conditioned, insulated rooms for maximum energy savings. Also in line with the winery’s environmental policies, the underground barrique room is carved from tuff (porous volcanic rock).


In south-eastern Sicily, Donnafugata chooses a territory with a high vocation to produce soft red wines with a floral soul, unusual wines capable of innovating the way of drinking red wine. It is the Vittoria area, between the Ibleo plateau and the sea, land of a historic and prestigious appellation that includes the first and only DOCG in Sicily: the Cerasuolo di Vittoria.

Donnafugata cultivates its vineyards in the Acate area. Overall, the company can count on 36 hectares, divided into 3 districts: Biddine Soprana, Biddine Sottana and Isola Cavaliere. The grapes grown are Nero d'Avola and Frappato. Nero d'Avola, king of Sicilian red berried vines, is the most widespread in Sicily, thanks to its strong ability to interact with the environment. In the Vittoria area, it expresses itself with a medium structure and particularly fine tannins. Frappato is one of the oldest Sicilian varieties, which loves the typical climate of the Vittoria Doc territories. A wine that stands out for its fragrance and floral notes. Extremely pleasant on the palate and delicately tannic.


In eastern Sicily, where Etna is located: the highest active volcano in Europe (over 3,300 m), Donnafugata has chosen the north side to produce mountain, volcanic and Mediterranean wines.

In this estate, between 730 m and 750 m asl, Donnafugata can count on about 21 hectares of vineyards, all in the Doc area, divided into 6 districts: Montelaguardia, Statella, Camporè and Calderara in the municipality of Randazzo, Marchesa and Verzella in the municipality of Castiglione of Sicily. The cultivated varieties are the autochthonous representative of the territory: Carricante, Nerello Mascalese and in small quantities Nerello Cappuccio.

The viticultural landscape on Etna is characterized by terraces and dry stone walls in lava stone (UNESCO World Heritage Site). The training system is the low espalier or the traditional sapling, also quincunx (dense checkerboard layout with about 7,000 plants per hectare). 

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Data sheet

Product Category
Red Wine
Contessa Entellina DOC
Grape / Raw material
nero d'Avola
nero d'Avola, petit verdot, syrah
Vintage - Cuvée
750 ml.
IT - Sicily
Alcohol Content
13.5% vol.
Service Temperature
16° – 18° C.
Suggested Glass
Large calyx with a long stem
Donnafugata - Icon Wines
Food Matches
After Dinner - Meditation, All Meal, Chocolate, Game, Red Meat
Color: dark ruby red.Fragrance: Intense fruity, sweet and ripe notes, balsamic and floral notes of violet.Taste: tasty, long, great overall balance. Finish of great persistence, on mediterranean notes

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