At Santa Maria la Palma, there are no counts, barons or marquises. Instead, there are numerous families of humble winemakers. Fifty years ago, these winemakers were allocated a series of uncultivated plots near the city of Alghero. Rather than a silver spoon, they had strong arms, straight backs, passion and commitment. Together, they tilled the soil and planted the vines.
But the vineyards also play host to other – equally precious and equally Sardinian – grape types.
One of these is Monica, a name for one of the island’s longest-standing grapes. The name derives from the Camaldolite monks (‘monaci’ in Italian), who introduced the grape to Sardinia in the 11th century or thereabouts. Another of the varieties they grow is Cagnulari, a black grape that came from Spain during the Spanish domination of the island, and one that has found its ideal habitat here in Alghero.
This is how great wines come into being – through knowledge, dedication and, of course, excellent vines.
In the Cantina Santa Maria la Palma vineyards, they cultivate traditional Sardinian grape types: Cannonau (red) and Vermentino (white), which are synonymous with Sardinian winemaking.
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