The first traces of wine-growing activity in Sardinia are very ancient and date back to around 1400 BC. Vermentino which is a relatively recent introduction is not an indigenous grape variety but was imported with great success, probably by the Spanish around 1700.
Gallura: the home of Vermentino
Gallura is the sub-region in the North East of Sardinia, an area that extends for about a third of the province of Sassari and occupies a vast area dotted with granite reliefs and mountain massifs that slope towards the sea, north on the Bocche di Bonifacio and then overlooking Corsica and east on the Tyrrhenian Sea. The granite and the erosive phenomena that characterize it have profoundly marked the morphology of this territory and also characterize its peculiarities from an oenological point of view, with a great wealth of minerals, with the presence of Mediterranean maquis vegetation and with the relief that rarely it allows large extensions favoring the division and the differentiation between the productions.
Granitic emergencies, cork oak woods, Mediterranean bush and the sea. A unique combination that enchanted the first tourists in the 60s and that gave the impetus to the creation of the Costa Smeralda. A model of destination based on the enhancement of environmental resources, protection and culture. In this context, a rich and varied material culture has developed which is expressed in traditional dishes and in the typical wine of these areas. The Vermentino wine, obtained from the homonymous grape variety that in Gallura has found the ideal soil and climate characteristics for its cultivation.
Vermentino di Gallura DOCG
Vermentino di Gallura DOCG is a straw-colored white wine with barely noticeable greenish reflections. The perfume is characteristic, with intense fruity and floral notes, which evolve towards vanilla tones with possible aging in wood; in the mouth it is fresh, soft and dry, sometimes with a slightly bitter aftertaste.
The DOC was approved in 1975, the DOCG (the only one for the moment in Sardinia) was approved in 1996.
The Gallura wineries are open to visitors who wish to deepen their knowledge of the area through tastings and study paths. In the surroundings of Villa Anastasia we have several producers who organize wine tourism activities in various forms and we will be happy to introduce them to you.