Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Wine of the Week: Antonella Corda Vermentino di Sargegna

This week's featured wine is truly one of place and people. While it is found in other parts of Italy and even the United States and France, Vermentino is primarily cultivated on the island of Sardinia. Antonella Corda's Vermentino grows on the Mitza Manna vineyard that extends for six hectares at an altitude of 200 meters. The soil is composed of sand, clay, and loam, and a significant presence of calcium enhances the wine’s natural freshness and aromatic intensity. This Vermentino is vinified in stainless steel with indigenous yeast. While it's most often compared to Sauvignon blanc, this dry, crisp, aromatic white, is known for it's bright acidity and medium to light body. With its salinity and  bitterness, it pairs wonderfully with medium-weight dishes that are enhanced with rich herbs and spices, richer fish such as halibut, or even meats such as fennel-spiced pork sausages.


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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