Seven hundred hectares, located in what is widely regarded as one of the finest winegrowing areas in Sardinia; here, the rolling hills and endless plains facing out to sea are home to the vineyards of the Santa Maria La Palma winery, in a part of the island that boasts enviable paedo-climatic conditions.
It is here that the mild temperatures and the exposure to the winds blowing in from the coast have combined to create an environment that favours the production of high quality wines – wines that are the perfect embodiment of the terroir.
In the vineyards, the winery’s growers leveraged their expertise to select the varieties best suited to the features of the estates. Today, we know the history of each of those vines, and so we can care for them appropriately in order to ensure that they carry on producing the best bunches.
Immersed within this unique microclimate, the winery decided to allocate some space to the varieties that have characterised the Sardinian tradition, and soon realised that Cannonau and Vermentino should constitute the major grape types on which its output should concentrate. Twin souls of the local terroir – the former red, the latter white – the wines made using these grapes are appreciated right around the world for the identity they express through their unique structure.
On these lands, the rich, varied nature of the soil has also enabled the winery to plant out other – equally prestigious – grape types, such as Monica and Cagnulari. The latter, which was for centuries confined to a peripheral part of northern Sardinia and was almost forgotten about by the island’s winemakers, has been rediscovered and re-evaluated, offering up through its grapes a precious gift. Today, Cagnulari comes into its own in the chalky soils of the Uri, Usini and Ittiri zone, around 20 km from the sea, and in the Guardia Grande area, at the foot of the Monte Doglia mountains.