Beyond the limit. High-altitude viticulture is no longer tomorrow's opportunity, but today's challenge. The desertification process is becoming more and more accentuated and the temperatures are increasing, thus forcing producers to move the production to higher altitudes, reaching latitudes that were unthinkable only a few years ago. And in this race upwards, long-forgotten yet valuable plots of land have been rediscovered. This is the case of the two artisan realities that we are telling you about today.
Let's leave seaside postcards of Sardinia and Sicily behind to get to know uncommon vineyards. On the one hand, old Grenache saplings in Mamoiada, located above 600 meters. On the other hand, we reach the north-eastern slope of Etna at 1200 meters, among strips of land on volcanic sandy soils. Two wineries that have decided to dedicate the whole production to the crus and to the high-altitude vineyards. In Sardinia they talk about Sas ghiradas, while the contrada is Mount Etna’s geographical unit.
Rare wines in Sicily and Sardinia: two labels to discover
selected by Gambero Rosso