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Santa Maria la Palma, Italy

Santa Maria la Palma, Italy

It all began in 1946, in the Nurra area, which had been reclaimed and given to the farmworkers following the Agrarian Reform that was implemented in Sardinia in the immediate post-war period. And so, in 1959, one hundred of them decided to enter into a co-operative and to found the Cantina Santa Maria la Palma (Santa Maria la Palma Winery).

The dedication to quality is the thread that runs throughout our history: selecting methods and techniques to produce the finest grapes, enhancing and protecting the soil – all with a view to exceeding our consumers’ expectations and to being worthy inheritors of this noble tradition that we are carrying forward.Sardinia, and specifically the flat, endless plains of the Nurra region, on the north-western coast of the island.The northwest wind and the mild climate of this corner of the Mediterranean are the constant companions of our winemakers, who work in the vineyards throughout the year. Those who live here, or visit it regularly, know very well that Alghero enjoys prolonged warm seasons cooled by the sea breeze, and they could not possibly forget the coastal city’s sunsets, reflected so beautifully in the ocean.

Seven hundred hectares, located in what is widely regarded as one of the finest winegrowing areas in Sardinia; here, the rolling hills and endless plains facing out to sea are home to the vineyards of the Santa Maria La Palma winery, in a part of the island that boasts enviable paedo-climatic conditions. It is here that the mild temperatures and the exposure to the winds blowing in from the coast have combined to create an environment that favours the production of high quality wines – wines that are the perfect embodiment of the terroir. In the vineyards, the winery’s growers leveraged their expertise to select the varieties best suited to the features of the estates. Today, we know the history of each of those vines, and so we can care for them appropriately in order to ensure that they carry on producing the best bunches. Immersed within this unique microclimate, the winery decided to allocate some space to the varieties that have characterised the Sardinian tradition, and soon realised that Cannonau and Vermentino should constitute the major grape types on which its output should concentrate. Twin souls of the local terroir – the former red, the latter white – the wines made using these grapes are appreciated right around the world for the identity they express through their unique structure. On these lands, the rich, varied nature of the soil has also enabled the winery to plant out other – equally prestigious – grape types, such as Monica and Cagnulari. The latter, which was for centuries confined to a peripheral part of northern Sardinia and was almost forgotten about by the island’s winemakers, has been rediscovered and re-evaluated, offering up through its grapes a precious gift. Today, Cagnulari comes into its own in the chalky soils of the Uri, Usini and Ittiri zone, around 20 km from the sea, and in the Guardia Grande area, at the foot of the Monte Doglia mountains.

A wealth of high-quality Sardinian wines, made from selected grapes: the Grand Crù line, featuring Cannonau Riserva, Cagnulari and Papiri; the Classica line, featuring Aragosta, Bombarde, Punta Rosa and Monica; the Semi-Sparkling (Frizzanti) line, featuring Palmì, Cantavigna and Aragosta Frizzante; the Sparkling (Spumanti) line, featuring Don Domè, Akènta and Argentero; and last but not least our Passito wine (made from partially dried grapes), called Soffio di Sole.

65,000 quintals of prized grapes, more than 4 million bottles sold throughout the world – in each and every bottle, we endeavour to provide a summation of our love for our terroir and for our history.

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