Sardinia‘s most famous wine bears a male name: Cannonau. It is believed to have existed since the time of the Nuraghi, making this glorious wine about 3000 years old. This is a wine whose trademark is its history.
Now there is exciting news: for the first time, this nectar, whose colour is described not as red, but black, has a new, female name „Eminas“, meaning „women“. The name refers to three sisters: Emanuela, Maria Antonietta and Roberta Melis, who have created the wine. They manage their father‘s winery, founded in the 19th century. The winery is nestled in the rolling hills of the Mamoiada municipality, in the heart of Barbagia — a landscape that is in no way inferior to that of the Monferrat in Piedmont or the Chianti in Tuscany. With pride the sisters announce, „The vineyard is our life; it is our house.“ Their wine is pure, containing 15% alcohol. Its presentation, the label and the marketing are well thought
out. It is served in the best restaurants in Italy and Europe, and the three sisters have become „the women of wine“ - le donne del vino - speaking at large conferences.
They are not the only ones representing the liquid gold of Sardinia: the small Mamoiada municipality now boasts 22 wineries, producing excellent red and white wines. There are wineries scattered all over the island: in Olbia, Arzachena, Jerzu, Dorgagli, Atzara, Oristano, Sulcis and along the coast of Alghero. Many are run by young professionals who have studied including the Argiolas winery in Serdiana near Cagliari. Sisters Valentina and Francesca Argiolas sell their wine on all five continents. This year‘s label bears the name „Senes“ referring to the long life that one enjoys on Sardinia, the island of the many centenarians. The Argiolas sisters‘ grandfather is proof: he reached the biblical age of 103
years. Let‘s drink a toast to life with a good glass of Sardinian wine, wine with history.
(Text Giacomo Mameli)
With our letter from Sardinia this year, we want to introduce you to Sardinia‘s most famous wine: Cannonau. It is believed to have existed since the time of the Nuraghi, making this glorious wine about 3000 years old. This is a wine whose trademark is its history.
With our letter from Sardinia this year, we want to introduce you to Mercato di San Benedetto, the market of the Holy Benedikt.
With this year's letter from Sardinia, we would like to introduce you to a Sardinian musician with a world-wide reputation. Luigi Lai has the following to say about his instrument, the oldest wind instrument in the Mediterranean area: "The launeddas is my life". It is also the most harmonious voice of Sardinia, the jewel of the Mediterranean.
In this letter, we would like to introduce you to the contemporary ceramic works of the famous Sardinian artist Emilia Palomba. Her workshop is currently in Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia, but she previously also worked in Rome and Venice. The studio in Cagliari is always worth a visit.
Sardinia, our "Paradisola", is a gem of hospitality in the Mediterranean. Anyone who has ever been there knows what we are taking about: for the Sards hospitality is not a program, but rather a shared life. Hospitality has its roots in enjoyment of life, simplicity and humility. This trait can be appreciated especially in the context of "Cortes apertas," an authentic Sardinian tradition, which we discuss in more detail in our traditional "Letter from Sardinia."
This year we send our letter from Sardinia with the paintings and words of Maria Lai, the most important living artist on Sardinia, who is now more than 90 years old. She says to you, 'I am happy if I am able to give you, at this moment of global insecurity, the feeling of holding the sun in your hand, – “tenendo per mano il sole” – and to feel the longing for the skies, since it is the sun and the skies that give us first knowledge and then growth for happier living.'
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