Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Wine of the Week: Antonella Corda Nuragus di Cagliari

Antonella Corda's Nuragus di Cagliari is made out of 100% Nuragus grapes. This indigenous varietal is named after the Nuragic Civilization who had inhabited Sardinia from the18th Century BC to around the 2nd Century AD. It is during that period, that it is believed that the Nuragus grape either arrived with the Phoenicians to the island or possibly had always been there. It is Sardinia's most widely planted white grape varietal and can only be found on the island.  

Grapes for the Nuragus di Cagliari are cultivated on Antonella Corda's Mitza Manna vineyard. This stretch of land, inherited from Corda's father, extends for six hectares at an altitude of 200 meters. The soil is composed of sand, clay, and loam and has a significant presence of calcium which enhances the wine’s natural freshness and aromatic intensity. For pairing suggestions, look to food with influences from the island itself. The Nuragus di Cagliari is best served chilled with raw seafood of all types, clam pasta, fresh green salad with smoked chicken, and ceviche. 

The story of Antonella Corda winery is deeply connected to that of its eponymous founder. She grew up among the vineyards in a family of winegrowers that stretches back over generations. Her mother gave her a love for the land and her father instilled in her a passion for the work of vinification. Antonella became an agronomist, graduating in Agricultural Sciences and Technology at the University of Sassari and founded her own winery in 2010. She took the reins in hand, transforming it into an ambitious and innovative project that honors its past. She has created a boutique winery capable of producing excellent Sardinian wines worthy of representing the region worldwide. A 40-hectare farm with 15 hectares of vineyard, 12 of olive trees, and the rest left open for crop rotation. Antonella Corda believes sustainable cultivation to be the best way for people to coexist with nature, so it can be passed down to the next generation intact. All of this means that organic fertilizers, integrated pest control actions, and sustainable irrigation systems are utilized in the vineyards.


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