THE ORIGINS OF OUR WINES
Our vineyards extend across 20 hectares, within two different areas of north-west Sardinia, a land particularly suited to the cultivation of vines, as has occurred here since ancient times.
In fact, this area has been considered a strategic land for settlement, rearing animals and cultivation for many centuries. During the 15th century BC, the Nuragic populations settled in this area, which was considered as being excellent for cultivation due to the microclimate that maintains optimal temperatures for the growth of the vines. Indeed, the Nuragic population is considered as being the first to produce wine in the Mediterranean. This is proven by an ancient wine press found in Sardinia and dating back to the 9th century BC, attributed to the first wine productions in history. On this island, the first Cannonau was produced about 3,000 years ago. It was precisely in this territory where our vines are still growing, replete with a multi-millennial history.
A total of 20 hectares is split between two large expanses – the first of 15 hectares in the area closest to the winery, nestled in the Nurra countryside, and the other of 5 hectares overlooking the beautiful Gulf of Alghero.
The vines grown are native to these areas: Vermentino, Cannonau and Cagnulari.
These are joined by international varieties such as Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet and Chardonnay. The vines are mainly grown on a counter-espalier with the Guyot pruning system that clayey-calcareous-sandy soil requires. Thanks to our particularly mild and ventilated climate, processing of the land is limited to that which is strictly necessary, thus ensuring healthy grapes and positive residues.
Grape picking during harvest is completed manually, using small crates. The selected grapes are immediately taken to the nearby cellar to process and commence the vinification process.
The origins of Vermentino are uncertain. It is assumed that it came to Sardinia from Spain, via Corsica, several centuries ago. Another theory traces its origins to the Middle East, before coming to the Mediterranean coast, passing through Greece.
The bunch has large or medium-large dimensions, with a truncated cylindrical or conical shape, with good grape cluster, with one or two clearly visible. The grape is large in size, elliptical in shape and with a thick pruinose peel that is green-yellow in colour. The pulp is colourless and consistent, with a semi-aromatic flavour.
There is no certainty regarding the origins, but recent studies suggest that Cannonau was already present even prior to Spanish domination, to when its introduction to Sardinia historically dates back.
The bunch is medium in size, conical, compact, sometimes being winged and truncated. The grape is medium-small in size and slightly elliptical in form, with a medium-thick and pruinose peel, black in colour with violet reflections, whilst the pulp is colourless, consistent and with a neutral taste. On average, the content of polyphenols can be extracted from the peels and seeds, whilst there is a reduced anthocyanin content.
Cagnulari has been widely cultivated in the past and commonly used as a blending grape.
The Cagnulari vine has a five-lobed pentagonal leaf with red veins on the upper part. The cluster is compact and medium-large in size, with a conical or pyramidal form, being elongated and often has one or two well-developed wings.
The berry is small, ovoid in shape, with a thick and pruinose peel that is black in colour, whilst the flesh is colourless, consistent and neutral in flavour.
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AT THE TENUTE DELOGU
BOOK YOUR CELLAR VISIT
With us, you can explore the entire process that transforms grapes on the vine to wine in the bottle. You will be accompanied by our guide on an exploration of the vineyards, the wine-making techniques and the processes in the cellar where our wine rests.
At the end of the visit, you have the option of booking a tasting of the wines together with other local specialties.
2 glasses of your choice + a tasting of Carasau and local products of the estates
Cost: € 10 per person
4 glasses of your choice + Carasau and a platter of local cured meats
Cost: € 20per person
The visit will have a total duration of about 1 hour.
The tastings will be accompanied by informative material showing the quality of the wines, the characteristics and the recommended culinary pairings.
Cellar tours are available upon reservation only during the morning at 11:30 am and in the afternoon at 5:30 pm.
It is possible to arrange different visiting times upon request.
Number of participants per visit: minimum 10, maximum 35.
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Our wines represent our territory, being captured within the character of the people and the history of these places.
The wines embody our production philosophy, devoted to quality and respect for the grapes. All activities in the vineyard and in the cellar are oriented towards obtaining authentic and honest products, as ambassadors of a land that has made wine its history.