In the company vineyards, Donnafugata does not use herbicides and chemical fertilizers. It has minimized the use of agro-pharmaceuticals thanks to integrated pest management techniques. From the monitoring of climatic parameters (precipitation, temperature, humidity, etc.) to the control of insects (moths) through the use of pheromone traps. A production system that ensures the eco-sustainable management of agricultural activities (Good Agricultural Practices, GAP) since 2011. 

Sustainability and excellence are also pursued with green manure, organic fertilization, emergency irrigation and thinning. Technical choices that rationalize the use of natural resources such as soil, water, air and energy and that represent an indispensable tool for the production of healthy and perfectly ripe grapes.

Carbon & Water Footprint

In 2011 Donnafugata calculates the Carbon Footprint of Contessa Entellina and Pantelleria wines, along the entire production cycle: from the vineyard to bottling. 

In 2017 CO2 emissions are reduced by 10% thanks to a number of choices:

– the adoption of lighter glass bottles with screw caps, to reduce emissions from glass production and bottle transport.

– the use of Select BIO caps with zero CO2 emissions, made with materials derived from sugar cane and 100% recyclable.

In 2019 in the historical cellars of Marsala, the company starts the study of the Water Footprint with particular reference to the winemaking and bottling activities in order to evaluate and reduce its water footprint.

The certifications of Carbon and Water Footprint, according to ISO 14064 and ISO 14046, issued and validated by DNV-GL, the world’s leading certification body, are shared with the consumer, sensitive to environmental issues, on the bottles and on the company’s website.

Energy saving and clean energy

One of the first sustainable choices at Donnafugata was to reduce energy consumption. In 1998, at the Contessa Entellina estate, the Chardonnay grapes were harvested at night. By taking advantage of the temperature range between day and night, the energy consumption for cooling the grapes before pressing is reduced by 70%, while at the same time safeguarding the grapes’ aromatic qualities. In 2002, again in Contessa Entellina, the production of clean energy from renewable sources began with the installation of a first photovoltaic system, followed by others in Marsala and Contessa Entellina. In November 2018, the Contessa Entellina site obtained the certification of the Energy Management System according to the ISO 50001 standard. 

Donnafugata is equipped with an Integrated Quality – Environment – Food Safety System certified according to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 22000 in the latest revisions currently underway.

Enviromental certifification

Donnafugata has been committed to the sphere of quality certifications for years. In 2000 the production rules are collected in a Quality System that obtains the first certification: the UNI EN ISO 9001. In 2004 the Integrated Quality and Environment Management System is created, Donnafugata is certified according to the UNI EN ISO 14001 standard and, in 2006, completes the path towards EMAS in order to communicate its environmental performances to the public. In 2011 it adopts GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) and extends the Quality and Environment Management System to the vineyards. This leads Donnafugata to the ISO 22000 certification for Food Safety Management System.
In 2018 Donnafugata obtaines the ISO 50001 certification that proves the company’s commitment to pursue energy efficiency: for more information about the Donnafugata Energy Policies please visit the following link. Since 2011 Donnafugata calculates the Carbon Footprint of the wines of Contessa Entellina and Pantelleria and since 2019 the Water Footprint of the Marsala Historical Cellars in order to safeguard the environment and rationalize the use of natural resources.

To receive a copy of the environmental declaration, write to Rosalba Ruggirello who is responsible for the Environmental Quality Management.