Sardinian wines for dummies – Part 1, White Wines

Sardinian wines for dummies – Part 1, White Wines

This short journey want to tell about the most known sardinian wines and grapes, some you may don’t know that well and some you’d like to discover.
To each wine I suggest an easy to find bottle with a good value for money.

Sardinian wines

I’m not a sommelier, neither a super expert, I just love wine (as you can tell) and thanks of my job I have the chance to taste wines and get to know winemakers. So I want to share this passion with you. Salludi! (Cheers!)

Winemakers since 3000 years

The nuragic sardinians (early bronze age) knew about wine. The final proof has arrived this year, thanks to the discovery of 15 thousands grape seeds found in the nuragic well of Sa Osa, in Cabras. The DNA research allowed to understand that those seeds are closer relatives of local sardinian grapes.
Again it’s thanks to DNA that we identified more than 120 different grapes, putting Sardinia among the italian regions with the largest number of local wines.

Like a proper wine tasting, let’s start with whites 🙂

The one you know

Vermentino
Fresh, with almonds and citrus bouquets, it’s the perfect summer wine.
The only Sardinian DOCG ( certified and guaranteed denomination of origin), gives its best in the granites of Gallura. It can be grown in many other areas, developing distinctive tastes related to each terroir.
The bottle: Giogantinu – Cantina sociale del Giogantinu

Sardinian wines

The ones you know less

Nuragus
Full bodied and yellow, grown in all southern Sardinia, was the most typical white table wine. Several winemakers reinterpret it, being able to smoothen its strong identity with a touch of elegance.
The Bottle: S’Elegas – Argiolas

Torbato
This delicate wine has a difficult vinification because of its thick skin grapes. It’s cultivated just in the Alghero area, gives a pale yellow wine with green glares and with a slightly bitter aftertaste.
With or without bubbles, It’s always a perfect aperitif.
The bottle: Torbato brut – Sella e Mosca

The one you should kow about

Semidano di Mogoro
Semidano is a fresh wine with a delicate acidity. Its bouquet has white fruit and herbs, has a very pale yellow color, It’s cultivated just in the Mogoro area.
The bottle: Semidano – Cantina sociale di Mogoro

Sardinian wines

Now it’s your turn, tell us about your favorites sardinian wines, we’ll discover them as son as possible 🙂
On next article we’ll present our selection of red and rosé ones, happy wine to everybody!

Calvi to Porto – The Mediterranean Ride

Calvi to Porto – The Mediterranean Ride

Corsica cycling

Cycling through all shades of Granite

Calvi coastline

As soon as we leave Calvi we are along a stunning coastal road backed up by white and pink huge granite boulders.
Below us small coves where sailing boats look like floating on a turquoise sea. After ten km we are tempted to climb to the Montserrat sanctuary…it’s just an idea, after 50 meters we forget about it, it’s a short but at least 20% gradient climb. Well done, we need energy to face the following 25 km…it reminds the Paris Roubaix, just immersed on the deep green of Corsican Maquis.

Cycling Corsica

Galeria black beach

The bad stretch of road ends just before Galeria, a neat village that deserves a detour, at least because we are not going to find anything to eat before Porto. Few houses, some small hotels and restaurant watching a peaceful black beach.
Back on main road we cross the bridge over Fango river, stopping right at the center of it to admire the almost alpine mountains in the distance. For the avid riders, there’s a 15 km out and back along the river arriving at the foot of the mountains.

Climb to Col di Palmerella

Now it gets tough, we have the long yet gradual climb to the Col of Palmarella, actually very long climb 🙂 Well, at the top we rest with the view of Girolata and the bay of Scandola. Landscape is made out of an intense red granite embracing a very deep and blue sea. From now on it’s mostly a never ending gentle downhill. If there’s a place to experience the silence of Corsica may be it’s right along this stretch of road, it almost wraps you up with a feeling of immensity.

Corse jambon

Arrival to Porto

After crossing the two small villages of Curzo and Partinello just before Porto, the road has become an asphalt strip carved on the cliffs above a moving ocean. Very close to Porto, down there we spot the iconic quadrangular Genoan tower, patrolling the far horizon. The sunset from here is really something, a reason itself for the trip.

Corsica cycling

Another great day along The Mediterranean Ride, our epic journey across Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily.

Saint Florent to Calvi – The Mediterranean Ride

Saint Florent to Calvi – The Mediterranean Ride

Agriates

From the silence of the desert to the fascinating Calvi

The Agriates desert

As soon as you leave Saint Florent there’s the Silence.
A 16000 square hectares desert just for us and our breath, calm and at a pace along this very gradual climb. Granite and Maquis, the Corsican shrub, design and give a distinctive perfume to a meditative landscape characterized by rugged rock formations.

Climb to Belgodere

We hit the coastline for few km, then we go back inland climbing towards Belgodere. This is a steeper climb than the one across the desert, yet enjoyable thanks to the views like from a terrace over the valley on right hand side. On the plateau we’ll cross some very small villages, beautifully built with local granite, the goal is avoiding as much as possible the traffic before Calvi, so we challenge ourselves along the last short climb of the day achieving the village of Muro.

Corsica Villages

Views and arrival to Calvi

From Muro we enjoy a gorgeous view over the bay of Calvi and its surroundings mountains. Watch out, there’s a fast downhill with steep hairpins. We get back to main road about three km before Calvi city center. There’s a bit of traffic, but no worries because the road has good shoulders for bikes. Calvi it’s always lively, it’s my favourite Corsican town..even if they pretend Columbus was from here. During spring the views over the snowed mountains it’s stunning.
Have a walk at the Citadelle and along the marina, if you want to experience a good Corsican meal book a table at “U Fanale”

Calvi Corsica

Another great day along The Mediterranean Ride, our epic journey across Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily.