WINEGROWERS AND ARTISANS OF THE WINE AND LAND OF ROMANGIA
Romangia is one of the oldest wine-growing districts in Sardinia and has made a major contribution to the history of Cannonau and Vermentino. An area with many archaeological sites, the cultivation of vines in this terroir dates back to 3500 BC and it is here that the first Cannonau label in Sardinia was registered in 1959.
In this setting of outstanding tradition and exquisite beauty, nestled in the Mediterranean scrub and surrounded by lush biodiversity, stand the vineyards of Tenute Dettori, in the Badde Nigolosu cru. Enclosed by dry-stone walls and often home to grazing sheep, they are cultivated with a specific mission in mind: to respect and embody Romangia via authentic, identity-specific wines.
THE REBIRTH OF THE TERROIR AND ITS AUTHENTICITY
As generations-long custodians of the identity of Romangia, the Dettori family has produced wine since the 19th century. In 1996 Alessandro Dettori bottled all the bulk wine that was previously sold in demijohns. Using only autochthonous grapes, he defied the conventions of the time, which considered the use of international grape varieties as the only way to make fine wines.
Alessandro Dettori became the first winemaker in Sardinia to re-focus attention on the winegrowing district and the clones/biotypes of ancient vines, such as Retagliadu Nieddu (the historic Cannonau of Sorso-Sennori). Since 2003, respect for the land and tradition has led the family to adopt biodynamic agriculture in all its vineyards and a production philosophy based on observing the vineyards and the wines.
BIODYNAMIC AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL VINIFICATION: THE VOICE OF ROMANGIA
The skillful and painstaking work carried out in the ‘Badde Nigolosu’ cru follows the principles, processes and methods that Nature adopts for itself. This yields grapes that are capable of producing elegant, noble wines whose authenticity fully expresses Sennori in Romangia.
Each wine hails from a single vineyard and is enhanced through vinification conducted exclusively in concrete tanks in a totally natural way, without the use of sulphites, yeasts, and other additives or adjuvants. Time completes the actions of man, giving rise to very high-quality, age-worthy wines. The limited-edition production also gives rise to numbered bottles. The ‘Romangia IGT’ appellation and the name of the cru on the label represent the final details in an authentic tribute to the territory.