Grillo `SurSur`



The Rallo family has made wine in Marsala since 1851 and their ancient...

cellars tunnel beneath the city. They were one of the first families to begin making high quality table wine when sales of traditional Marsala started to decline, launching the Donnafugata label in 1983 and championing the potential of the region's native varieties. Today, Donnafugata has three estates in Sicily: a modern winery and 270 hectares at Contessa Entellina in the hills east of Marsala; 18 hectares in Vittoria to the south eastern point of the Island; and 68 hectares on the island of Pantelleria. Donnafugata means 'fleeing woman' and is a reference to Queen Maria Carolina, who escaped the court of Naples in the early 19th Century with her husband, Ferdinand IV of Bourbon, when Napoleon's troops arrived. The couple took refuge in Sicily at the Santa Margherita Belice palace, also the favourite residence of celebrated writer Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa and depicted on the 'Mille e Una Notte' label.

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SurSur is made from Grillo grapes planted on the Contessa Entellina estate and neighbouring areas. Vines are planted at 200-600 metres above sea level, with approximately 4,500-6,000 vines per hectare. The vines are trained using VSP (vertical shoot positioning) and pruning is cordon spur, leaving 6-10 buds per vine. Soils are mainly clay loam with a limestone content of 20-35%.

Vintage Information

In 2016 the winter in Sicily was warm and dry. Summer did not bring with it the customary African heat – with the exception of July – nor any of the much-desired rain. Yields were lower due to the hydric stress suffered by the vines, but lower crop levels meant that vines were able to ripen their grapes despite the lack of water. In order to preserve acidity, growers began the harvest early – late July for white varieties, which was up to two weeks earlier than in more typical vintages. The resultant wines show good body with adequate balancing acidity.


After gentle pressing, the must was fermented in stainless steel tanks at a temperature of 14-16°C. After fermentation the wine aged for two months in tank and then at least three months in bottle before release.

Tasting Notes

Brilliant straw yellow in colour. On the nose, SurSur offers notes of stone fruit, especially peach, combined with intriguing scents of wild flowers and cut grass. The palate is soft and fragrant and offers perfect harmony between aroma and taste.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 100% Grillo
Region Marsala, Sicily
Winemaker Antonio Rallo and Antonino Santoro
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Acidity 5.2g/l
Wine pH 3.2