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Vermentino di Sardegna DOC "Sabbie d' Oro" Cantina del Bovale
- Region: Sardegna
- Type: Still White Wine
- Proof: 13,5/14%
- Wine Variety: Vermentino 100%
- Place of production, aging, service temperature: : Grapes from the Municipality of Torralba in the province of Oristano. Maturation and aging in stainless steel. Service Temperature 8-10 degrees.
- Uniqueness: Semi-aromatic, elegant and intense wine with excellent balance between floral and fruity notes and delicate flavor and acidity.
"...Surge in vermena e in pianta silvestra..."
Vermentino is an autochthonous white berry vine variety with an ancient history. According to someone, it is native of Liguria. In this hypothesis, proved wrong, the name Vermentino was believed to come from the term Vernaccia obtained by Vernazza, a locality of the Ligurian Cinque Terre near which it was cultivated together with other vine varieties. Another hypothesis could be the latin one coming from "vermene" , a small twig (also used by Dante in the Divine Comedy Canto XIII v. 100). A different hypothesis is that Vermentino originates from Iberia or from Aragon (even if today there is no trace of the variety) or from Andalusia where it seems to have affinity with the Listan vine variety. Others think that it would derive from Portugal, where it is known as Codega or even from the island of Madeira for the affinities with the local Malvasia. Another hypothesis is the Middle Eastern one. According to this idea, Vermentino was introduced over the centuries by the Arabs. There are also hypotheses that some Italian vine varieties, independently registered in the Register of Italian Varieties, are linked with Vermentino. Among these the best known are Pigato, whose area is the Liguria of the west, the Piedmontese Favorita grape present mainly in the Langhe and the Rollo, found in East-Liguria, especially in Cinque Terre. However, it is impossible to choose the correct opinion. It should be remembered too, that there is also a black version of Vermentino cultivated, in a very small quantity, in the province of Massa-Carrara.
With Chachuterie and prawns
Your boat trip is almost over and you are on the way back. A gentle but powerful wind from the south convinces you to travel the western part of Corsica to the north and then head towards Portovenere. Once in Capocorso, you find exceptional weather conditions that convince you to an unusual stop in a place normally beaten by a strong wind coming from the North. You stop in Barcaggio, in the north of Corsica. The pantry is almost empty, but there is only an inviting Vermentino that requires a good combination for the night. You go food shopping to Barcaggio and it is not easy. In silence, you walk on the not so congested street, inebriated by the scents of the Mediterranean maquis, the licorice and the wild myrtle. Once in Barcaggio all the shops are closed. At this point, you negotiate with a local restaurateur who, unexpectedly, shows you politeness and sells you mixed Chachuterie and fantastic prawns. At sunset you are on board with the chacuterie and your ice-cold Vermentino that is enhanced to the maximum with fantastic spaghetti with prawns. You realize at the end that, despite being 15 August, between the beach and the Giraglia Island, you are absolutely alone.
The only DOCG of Sardinia
In Italy throughout Liguria, especially from the east to Tugullio, in Tuscany, in Sardinia with the distinction, more territorial than morphological, of Vermentino di Sardegna and Gallura (the only Sardinian DOCG), in Puglia and in the provinces of Perugia, Ascoli Piceno, Teramo, Viterbo and Agrigento. It is also present in France in the areas of the Languedoc-Roussillon with the names of Grosse Clarette, Malvois d 'Espagne and Piccabon and in Corsica, which is the most cultivated white grape variety, with the name of Vermettino.
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