Donnafugata Anthìlia

Sicilia DOC, Sicilia

A classic Donnafugata wine, the 2020 vintage is characterized by a fresh and fragrant bouquet with fruity and floral notes.  A very versatile wine, ideal with fish and vegetarian first and second courses.

Tasting Notes

Anthilia 2020 has a straw yellow color. The nose presents a fresh and fruity bouquet with notes of white-fleshed fruits (peach) combined with scents of wildflowers. On the palate we find the evident fruity note again, refreshed by agreeable sapidity. It finishes with good persistence.

Perfect when paired with lightly smoked fish, crustaceans, anchovies and first courses, also baked. Excellent with tuna or Caesar salad and spring rolls. Serve in glasses of medium size and height; it can be uncorked at time of serving, excellent at 9–11°C (48- 51°F)

  • DENOMINATION: Sicilia Doc White
  • GRAPES: Lucido (synonym for Catarratto), the predominant variety; the blend is complemented by other autochthonous and international varieties.
  • PRODUCTION ZONE: south-west Sicily, Contessa Entellina estate and neighboring areas.
  • TERRAINS AND CLIMATE: altitude from 200 to 600 m a.m.s.l. (656- 1,312 ft); hilly orography; clay loam soils with a sub-alkaline reaction (pH 7.5 to 7.9) rich in nutritive elements (potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, manganese, zinc) and total limestone from 20 to 35%. Mild winters with little rainfall. Warm, dry, ventilated summers. Substantial differences between day and night-time temperatures.
  • VINEYARD: VSP (Vertical Shoot Positioning) training with spurred cordon pruning, leaving 6 to 10 buds per plant. Density 4,500 - 6,000 plants/hectare (1,822-2,429 an acre), with yields of 8.0 - 9.0 tons/ha (3.2 - 3.6 tons/acre).
  • VINTAGE: at Contessa Entellina in the heart of western Sicily, the 2020 vintage was less precipitous, with 437 mm of rain compared to the average of 647 mm*. Much of the precipitation was in winter and spring, while the summer was quite dry. The careful management of agronomic practices, from pruning to thinning through to the choice of different harvesting times, ensured that the grapes were healthy and well ripened creating white wines of good aromatic intensity and excellent acid structure. *The precipitation data are collected by SIAS, Sicilian Agrometeorological Service; the rainfall recorded from October 1st to September 30th of the following year is taken into account; the average is calculated starting from the 2003 harvest.
  • HARVESTING: The Lucido (Catarratto) - the predominant variety in the blend - was harvested between the first decade of September.
  • VINIFICATION: Fermentation: in stainless steel, at a temperature of 14-16°C (57-61° F). Ageing in tanks for two months and then at least two months in bottle before release.
  • ANALYTICAL DATA: alcohol 12.54 % vol. - total acidity 5.90 g/l - pH 3.31.

The most enjoyed Donnafugata wine in the world, the 2018 vintage is characterized by a fresh and fragrant bouquet with fruity and floral notes.  A very versatile wine, ideal with fish and vegetarian first and second courses.

Tasting Notes

Anthilia 2019 has a straw yellow color. The nose presents a fresh and fruity bouquet with notes of white-fleshed fruits (peach) combined with scents of wildflowers. On the palate we find the evident fruity note again, refreshed by agreeable sapidity. It finishes with good persistence.

Perfect when paired with lightly smoked fish, crustaceans, anchovies and first courses, also baked. Excellent with tuna or Caesar salad and spring rolls. Serve in glasses of medium size and height; it can be uncorked at time of serving, excellent at 9–11°C (48- 51°F)

  • DENOMINATION: Sicilia Doc White
  • GRAPES: Lucido (synonym for Catarratto), the predominant variety; the blend is complemented by other autochthonous and international varieties.
  • PRODUCTION ZONE: south-west Sicily, Contessa Entellina estate and neighboring areas.
  • TERRAINS AND CLIMATE: altitude from 200 to 600 m a.m.s.l. (656- 1,312 ft); hilly orography; clay loam soils with a sub-alkaline reaction (pH 7.5 to 7.9) rich in nutritive elements (potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, manganese, zinc) and total limestone from 20 to 35%. Mild winters with little rainfall. Warm, dry, ventilated summers. Substantial differences between day and night-time temperatures.
  • VINEYARD: VSP (Vertical Shoot Positioning) training with spurred cordon pruning, leaving 6 to 10 buds per plant. Density 4,500 - 6,000 plants/hectare (1,822-2,429 an acre), with yields of 8.0 - 9.0 tons/ha (3.2 - 3.6 tons/acre).
  • VINTAGE: at Contessa Entellina in the heart of western Sicily, the 2019 vintage was less precipitous, with 546 mm of rain compared to the average of 660 mm*. Much of the precipitation was in winter and spring, while the summer was quite dry. The careful management of agronomic practices, from pruning to thinning through to the choice of different harvesting times, ensured that the grapes were healthy and well ripened. The white wines of 2019 are particularly fragrant and have an excellent acid structure. *The precipitation data are collected by SIAS, Sicilian Agrometeorological Service; the rainfall recorded from October 1st to September 30th of the following year is taken into account; the average is calculated starting from the 2003 harvest.
  • HARVESTING: The Lucido (Catarratto) - the predominant variety in the blend - was harvested between the first decade and second decade of September.
  • VINIFICATION: Fermentation: in stainless steel, at a temperature of 14-16°C (57-61° F). Ageing in tanks for two months and then at least two months in bottle before release. 
  • ANALYTICAL DATA: alcohol 12.44 % vol. - total acidity 6.00 g/l - pH 3.30

The most enjoyed Donnafugata wine in the world, the 2018 vintage is characterized by a fresh and fragrant bouquet with fruity and floral notes.  A very versatile wine, ideal with fish and vegetarian first and second courses.

Tasting Notes

Anthilia 2018 has a straw yellow color. The nose presents a fresh and fruity bouquet with notes of white-fleshed fruits (apple) combined with scents of wildflowers. On the palate we find the evident fruity note again, refreshed by agreeable sapidity. It finishes with good persistence.

Perfect when paired with lightly smoked fish, crustaceans, anchovies and first courses, also baked. Excellent with tuna or Caesar salad and spring rolls. Serve in glasses of medium size and height; it can be uncorked at time of serving, excellent at 9–11°C (48- 51°F)

  • DENOMINATION: Sicilia Doc White
  • GRAPES: Lucido (synonym for Catarratto), the predominant variety; the blend is complemented by other autochthonous and international varieties.
  • PRODUCTION ZONE: south-west Sicily, Contessa Entellina estate and neighboring areas.
  • TERRAINS: altitude from 200 to 600 m a.m.s.l. (656- 1,312 ft); hilly orography; clay loam soils with a sub-alkaline reaction (pH 7.5 to 7.9) rich in nutritive elements (potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, manganese, zinc) and total limestone from 20 to 35%.
  • VINEYARD: VSP (Vertical Shoot Positioning) training with spurred cordon pruning, leaving 6 to 10 buds per plant. Density 4,500 - 6,000 plants/hectare (1,822-2,429 an acre), with yields of 8.0 - 9.0 tons/ha (3.2 - 3.6 tons/acres)
  • VINTAGE: in Contessa Entellina after two little rainy years, in 2018 743 mm of rainfall were recorded, a figure that is above the average * (667 mm) of this territory. Most of the rainfall was distributed in spring; only in some plots there have been heavy precipitations in the summer. The integrated management of agronomic practices, from pruning to thinning to the choice of different harvesting moments, inspired by an eco-sustainable viticulture, has allowed us to have healthy and well-ripened grapes. The harvest was thus in line with the company quality objectives that are oriented to high quality productions. * (precipitation average calculated from the 2003 harvest and measured by SIAS, Sicilian Agrometeorological Service)
  • HARVESTING: The Lucido - the predominant variety in the blend - was harvested during the first decade of September.
  • VINIFICATION: Fermentation: in stainless steel, at a temperature of 14-16°C (57-61° F). Ageing in tanks for two months and then at least two months in bottle before release.
  • ANALYTICAL DATA: alcohol 12.01 % vol. - total acidity 6.26 g/l - pH 3.35

The most enjoyed Donnafugata wine in the world, the 2017 vintage is characterized by a fresh and fragrant bouquet with notes of fruit and aromatic herbs. A very versatile wine, ideal with fish and vegetarian first and second courses.

Tasting Notes

Anthìlia 2017 has a straw yellow color. The nose presents a fresh and fruity bouquet with notes of white-fleshed fruits (peach) combined with scents of aromatic herbs. On the palate we find the evident fruity note again, refreshed by agreeable sapidity. It finishes with good persistence.

Perfect when paired with lightly smoked fish, crustaceans, anchovies and first courses, also baked. Excellent with tuna salad, aubergine rolls and stuffed mussels.

  • GRAPES: Catarratto, the predominant variety; the blend is complemented by other autochthonous and international varieties.
  • PRODUCTION ZONE: southwest Sicily, Contessa Entellina estate and neighboring areas.
  • TERRAINS: altitude from 200 to 600 m a.m.s.l. (656- 1,312 ft); hilly orography; clay loam soils with a sub-alkaline reaction (pH 7.5 to 7.9) rich in nutritive elements (potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, manganese, zinc) and total limestone from 20 to 35%.
  • VINEYARD: VSP (Vertical Shoot Positioning) training with spurred cordon pruning, leaving 6 to 10 buds per plant. Density 4,500 - 6,000 plants/hectare (1,822-2,429 an acre), with yields of 8.0 - 9.0 tons/ha (3.2 - 3.6 tons/acres)
  • VINTAGE 2017: The 2017 vintage at Donnafugata has so far been characterized by less rainfall than average. Since rainfall was mainly concentrated in autumn and winter, during the summer months of June and July, we intervened with emergency irrigation. Thus the vineyards were able to complete the vegetation-production cycle in a regular manner. Regarding temperatures, between July and August, values were higher than seasonal averages and this resulted in the ripening of all the varieties cultivated in the countryside around Contessa Entellina 1-2 weeks earlier than usual. Despite the maximum temperature peaks, the good diurnal temperature range recorded among these hills has given rise to healthy grapes with good aromatic and phenolic ripeness.
  • HARVESTING: The Catarratto - the predominant variety in the blend - was harvested during the first decade of September.
  • VINIFICATION: Fermentation: in stainless steel, at a temperature of 14-16°C (57-61° F). Ageing in tanks for two months and then at least two months in bottle before release.
  • ANALYTICAL DATA: alcohol 12.35 % vol. - total acidity 5.9 g/l - pH 3.29

Tasting Notes

The nose presents a fresh and fruity bouquet with notes of white-fleshed fruits (peach and medlar) combined with scents of Mediterranean scrub. On the palate, we find the evident fruity note again, refreshed by agreeable sapidity. It finishes with good persistence.

Perfect when paired with tomato and basil bruschetta, seafood pasta, blue fish. Try also with caesar salad.

  • GRAPES: Catarratto, the predominant variety; the blend is complemented by other indigenous and international varieties.
  • PRODUCTION ZONE: southwest Sicily, Contessa Entellina estate and neighboring areas.
  • TERRAINS: altitude from 200 to 600 m a.m.s.l. (656- 1,312 ft); hilly orography; clay loam soils with a sub-alkaline reaction (pH 7.5 to 7.9) rich in nutritive elements (potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, manganese, zinc) and total limestone from 20 to 35%.
  • VINEYARD: VSP (Vertical Shoot Positioning) training with spurred cordon pruning, leaving 6 to 10 buds per plant. Density 4,500 - 6,000 plants/hectare (1,822-2,429 an acre), with yields of 8.0 - 9.0 tons/ha (3.2 - 3.6 tons/acres)
  • VINTAGE 2016: The 2016 vintage was characterized by a fairly balanced climatic trend, marked by a mild spring and a summer without excessive peaks of heat, allowing the vineyard to continue the vegetative cycle in a balanced way. Overall, from 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016, 590 mm of rainfall was recorded, a slightly lower figure compared to seasonal averages. Careful vineyard management allowed us to bring into the winery healthy and well-ripened grapes, a premise of quality, long-lived wines.
  • HARVESTING: The Catarratto - the predominant variety in the blend - was harvested during the second ten days of September.
  • VINIFICATION: Fermentation: in stainless steel, at a temperature of 14-16°C (57-61° F). Ageing in tanks for two months and then at least two months in bottle before release.
  • ANALYTICAL DATA: alcohol 12.50 % vol. - total acidity 5.6 g/l - pH 3.1

Tasting Notes

Brilliant straw yellow, Anthìlia 2015 has a fresh and fragrant bouquet with fruity notes of apples, white-fleshed peaches and citrus peel, and hints of Mediterranean scrub. On the palate, we find the evident fruity note again, refreshed by agreeable sapidity. It finishes with good persistence.

Perfect when paired with lightly smoked fish, crustaceans, anchovies and first courses, also baked. Excellent with tuna salad, aubergine rolls and stuffed mussels.

  • DENOMINATION: Sicilia DOC White
  • GRAPES: Catarratto, the predominant variety; the blend is complemented by other indigenous and international varieties.
  • PRODUCTION ZONE: southwest Sicily, Contessa Entellina estate and neighboring areas.
  • TERRAINS: altitude from 200 to 600 m a.m.s.l. (656- 1,312 ft); hilly orography; clay loam soils with a sub-alkaline reaction (pH 7.5 to 7.9) rich in nutritive elements (potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, manganese, zinc) and total limestone from 20 to 35%.
  • VINEYARD: VSP (Vertical Shoot Positioning) training with spurred cordon pruning, leaving 6 to 10 buds per plant. Density 4,500 - 6,000 plants/hectare (1,822-2,429 an acre).), with yields of about 8.5 tons/ha (3.4 tons/acres); 1.7 kg per plant.
  • VINTAGE 2015: Up to the end of June, the 2015 vintage was characterized by a climatic trend that was cooler and rainier than seasonal averages. Overall, from 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015, rainfall reached 763 mm compared to the 656 average of the last 10 years. In July the maximum temperatures recorded were higher than the average values for the period which favored the ripening process of the grapes. The considerable temperature fluctuations between day and night favored the concentration of aromatic precursors in the grapes.
  • HARVESTING: The Catarratto - the predominant variety in the blend - was harvested during the second ten days of September.
  • VINIFICATION: Fermentation: in stainless steel, at a temperature of 14-16°C (57-61° F). Ageing in tanks for two months and then at least two months in bottle before release.
  • ANALYTICAL DATA: alcohol 12.80 % vol. - total acidity 5.6 g/l - pH 3.22

  • 90

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    Wine Enthusiast, December 2021

    "Aromas of white spring flowers, wild herbs and white stone fruit waft out of the glass. On the vibrant, savory palate, crisp acidity frames ripe apple, peach and orange zest alongside a vein of saline mineral. "

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  • 91

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    James Suckling, December 2020

    "Sliced apples, apple blossom, white peaches and wet stones on the nose. It’s medium-bodied and creamy, yet refreshing with fresh and ripe fruit. Crisp acidity and nice tension on the finish. Drink now."

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  • 88+

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    Wine Advocate, October 2019

    "Donnafugata's 2018 Sicilia Anthìlia is a Catarratto-based blend with a very pretty and delicate aromatic profile that incorporates elements of white flower, honey, pear and passion fruit. This is a zesty and streamlined white wine (that sees no oak) to drink on easy occasions with light finger foods or bite-sized sushi rolls. Production is large at 830,000 bottles made."

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  • 89

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    Wine Enthusiast, December 2019

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  • 91

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    Vinous, August 2019

    "Luminous straw yellow. Fresh, crisp aromas and flavors of white peach, lime and aromatic herbs. Juicy and fresh, with lovely sugar acid balance and sneaky concentration and length. Outstanding Anthìlia that seems to have more stuffing than usual while retaining its trademark easy drinking, uncomplicated style."

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  • 92

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    James Suckling, June 2019

    "Solid concentration and depth on the nose here, which also manages to be vibrant and focussed. Sliced lemons, apples and apricots are all on offer. The acidity really makes this medium-bodied wine, drawing it out long and keeping it tightly wound all the while. Drink now."

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  • 86

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    Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, July 2018

    "A light, zesty white, offering notes of tangerine and crunchy white peach that show pink grapefruit and chive blossom accents, with a snappy finish. Catarrato and others. Drink now. 3,750 cases imported."

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  • 89

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    Wine & Spirits, May 2019

    "Year's Best Sicilian Wines & Best Buy"

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  • 89

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    Wine Advocate, December 2019

    "The 2017 Sicilia Anthìlia is mostly Catarratto with some indigenous and international varieties mixed into the blend. This is a very bright and luminous wine that appears to have Sicilian sunbeams locked within. For easy-drinking occasions on the summer porch, backyard or rooftop terrazza, this is your wine. The finish is zesty and clean. One sip happily invites the next"

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  • 90

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    Vinous, August 2019

    "Bright straw. Intense gooseberry and peach on the nose and in the mouth. Very clean and fresh throughout, closing juicy and long. This is always one of Donnafugata’s most dependable wines; simple and accessible, it rarely lets one down, and makes great, uncomplicated drinking for the money. Recent vintages also strike me as having become more intensely fruity than in the recent past."

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  • 91

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    James Suckling, James Suckling, October 2018

    "This shows dried pineapple, lemon curd and orange blossom. Medium body, a layering of acidity and a flavorful finish. Drink now."

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  • 88

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    Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, June 2017

    "A crisp and clean-cut white, with a pretty range of green melon and pear fruit, floral and spice flavors. Citrus and mineral notes linger on the finish. Catarratto. Drink now through 2019. 3,400 cases imported.—A.N."

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  • 90

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    Ian D'Agata, Vinous, September 2017

    "Pale straw. Easygoing and fruity with white peach, pear and yellow apple aromas and flavors; a lovely wine. The finish is long and bright. Juicy fun wine and only 12.5% alcohol."

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  • 91

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    James Suckling, James Suckling, October 2017

    "A layered and very intense white with sliced lemon and green apple. Some bay leaf and lemon grass undertones. Full body, tight and fruity with a lively undertone of acidity. Drink now and enjoy. Dynamic white."

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  • 86

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    Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, December 2016

    "This aromatic white is well-spiced and floral, with snappy acidity and flavors of melon, guava, petrol and kumquat. Chalk-tinged finish. Catarratto. Drink now. 4,500 cases imported. –AN"

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  • 88

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    Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, August 2016

    "Round and juicy, this offers enticing scents of white flower, mature apple, citrus and pear that carry over to the palate along with honeydew melon and a hint of aromatic herb. Fresh acidity balances the ripe fruit flavors."

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