Carignano Grape, ancient Sardinian winegrowing traditions
In a noisy and changing wine world, safely secreted in the south-west of an island that seems to be increasingly removed from the normal dictates of time, the Carignano del Sulcis red grape encapsulates an incredible concatenation of factors capable of offering us deeply moving wines.
Forged by impetuous winds, warmed by a tireless sun and cosseted by sandy soils, over many decades or even a hundred years, these vine shoots have established relations of empathy and symbiosis with the land.
Generated by the most ancient Sardinian winegrowing traditions, the saplings rear up like a living extension of the soil, which appears to reciprocate with a paternal embrace, bestowing upon them the rarest of opportunities: to grow as ungrafted vines.
The result is a wine of fortifying structure, in terms of body, alcohol and perfumes. It expresses the heart of its origins with a clear richness of flavour entwined with an unmistakable finesse that increases over time: a sincere wine, with a breadth of flavour that engages the senses and takes the most varied tables by storm.
  • Alberello Carignano
  • Grappolo uva carignano
  • Vitigno Carignano
  • Vitigno Carignano
  • Vitigno Carignano
  • Vitigno Carignano
  • Vitigno Carignano
  • Vitigno Carignano
The secrets of the uniqueness
Age-old memories tell of the Carignano del Sulcisungrafted vines, grown without support, using what is known as the “alberellolatino” or Latin sapling system. History leads us through time through to the modern-day harvests in which the ancient winemaking traditions are still considered indispensable to ensure the exclusive character of this great wine. And so, down the centuries and thus through the years and the decades, the Sulcis vines achieve average life-cycles of 60-70 years, and frequently continue to generously proffer their grapes even up to the extraordinary age of 100 years. 
The ungrafted vine
The indigenous roots have attracted the attention of innumerable studies that have confirmed what the glass expresses with such direct eloquence: the self-rooted vine is more resistant to drought. Propagation performed using the centuries-old technique of “funducroccau”, or trunk planting, enables vineyards to reach the age of even 100 years, yielding grapes and seeds of the striking phenolic ripeness that gives the Carignano del Sulcis its characteristic finesse. 
Sapling vineyards
The training of the grapes using the “alberellolatino”, or Latin sapling system, is particularlyto the extreme climatic conditions of the territory. The poor and well-drained sandy soils induce a restricted vigour in the vines, while the intense sunshine fosters the accumulation of sugars and secondary compounds, stimulating the polymerisation of the tannins and favouring the production of Carignano grapes that yield wines of striking smoothness and quality.
Environmental Sustainability
In Sardinia winegrowing is an integral part of the landscape, the tradition and the culture of all the peoples who have inhabited the island. In Sulcis it is not man but the environment that takes care of the vines. The quest for sustainability that is by now the common goal in the most diverse wine production regions all over the world is not a target here: because here it is the starting point. 
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