Sardinia is Italy’s 2nd largest island located off the western coast of Italy separated by the Sea. Today our Italian Food, Wine & Travel group (#ItalianFWT) is led by Jill Barth of as we highlight the wines and food of , called Sardegna in Italian.
Sardinia is one of the few regions I have yet to explore in Italy and I’m not sure why. It has a rugged, mountainous interior with forests and scrub covered land. It also has about 1,200 miles of coastline, some jagged, but the rest with beautiful beaches and blue-greenish crystal waters. Some years I attended a wine tasting and luncheon hosted by Susannah of this group and Vigne . I had the chance to taste through a number of their wines and meet the owner Martino Demuro alongside some pairings at a Boston restaurant. I recently picked up a bottle I wasn’t familiar with of theirs, a 2020 di Sardegna DOC, so I’ll be today along with some more information on Vigne .
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Vigne was established back in 2001 by the Demuro family whom are native Sardinians. One of the twelve siblings, Tino, purchased vineyards in at that time and began producing wines. They own 148 acres across 8 different locations in the northeastern corner of Sardinia. The winery is named after the Valley in which it is located between the of Palau and , which is located right in the heart of . The area of Sardinia is well known for its Vermentino, which is the only DOCG in Sardinia. Vigne production is 70% made of Vermentino since this area shows the best expression of this grape on the island. They are also only a drive from the Emerald Coast, or the Costa Smeralda.
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The 2020 di Sardegna DOC is made up of 100% . Under the di Sardegna DOC the wines must have a minimum of 90% with up to 10% of local red grapes. is also known as Grenache in France and Alicante or Garnacha in Spain. It is the primary red grape of Sardinia that is high in antioxidants including polyphenols and anthocyanins. It may be part of the reason the Sardinian population has a life span of 90-100 years old. Sunshine, great food and wine rich in antioxidants!
, is named after the Nuraghe, which are ancient stone fortresses that are found all throughout the island. The vines are located in sandy soils of granite origin, typical of this part of Sardinia. The wine spends 6 months in stainless steel with an additional 3 months in the bottle. The wine was ruby in color with some transparency. The aromas reminded of a combination of raspberry and blueberry jam with a hint of spice. A -bodied with moderate tannins. Juicy blackberries filled the palate with a hint of sweet tobacco that lingered on with a lengthy finish ending with finesse.
|The Nuraghe - sourced by Wikipedia copyright of Jack Aubrey|
It’s been a with the kids going back to school, sports starting and my normal routine all a fluster. I wanted to pair this wine with a Sardinian dish, but time and planning has been lacking these days. Although, there wasn’t anything wrong with my chosen dish of a Tuscan chicken and pasta dish with sundried tomatoes. I meant to throw in spinach, but realized I forgot to pick it up so I did throw in a side of fresh green beans with this lovely oil I so graciously received from my trip to in Sicily.
What are your personal Sardinian favorite wines or dishes?
Join our fellow Italian food and wine friends as they share their Sardinian wines and food pairings. Catch us live on Twitter this Saturday at 11am EST @ #ItalianFWT. See you there! Ci vediamo!