In Italy wine is food, an integral part of every meal that should serve to complement, rather than dominate, the other dishes you are enjoying. Our Il Donato wines embody this ideal. Il Donato Vino Rosso and Pinot Grigio are refined, classic Italian wines that sit comfortably alongside the delectable dishes of the region. They quietly reflect the ancient soils and warm southern sun of Puglia, the venerable Italian wine region from which these wines are sourced. The 2011 Il Donato offerings are particularly remarkable, with many winemakers considering it Puglia’s best vintage in over 30 years.
Ruby-red and intensely flavored, Il Donato Vino Rosso is a modern, elegant Italian wine that still exhibits classic old-world terroir. A blend of Primitivo (from which the American Zinfandels are derived) and Sangiovese, this wine showcases an interesting array of flavors from blueberries and cherries to the sweet/tart zing of the pomegranate seed. Medium-bodied and tightly structured, this wine is soft, long and intense with subtle notes that transport you to the picture-postcard beauty of Puglia. View Vino Rosso Tasting Notes
Il Donato Pinot Grigio is delicate, yet sophisticated. On the palate it’s full of citrus and zesty lemon juice flavors. Light, crisp and refreshing, this wine’s zippy palate-cleansing acidity exudes classic, crowd-pleasing Italian appeal. View Pinot Grigio Tasting Notes
The majority of grapes for our Il Donato wines are sourced from the Puglia winegrowing region of Italy. While it is the oldest wine-growing region in Italy, Puglia has been making wine for four millennia. Until recently, however, the rest of the world has had very little exposure to its wines. That is changing, however, and Puglia is going through a winemaking revolution, with an influx of new winemakers, technologies and ideas.
Puglia, which forms the 'heel' of Italy's boot-shaped outline, is truly an agricultural paradise. The region’s Mediterranean climate, persistent sunshine and proximity to the sea make for a near-perfect environment for viticulture. Cooling sea breezes waft over the vineyards of long-established grapevines, creating the ideal climate for growing stunning fruit that is perfectly nuanced.
Wine writers, sommeliers, and restaurateurs repeatedly describe Puglia's wines in the same way: sun-drenched. This is, quite simply, because Puglia's terroir comes from the sky as much as from the ground. The resulting wines hold flavors so individual they could not be recreated anywhere else.