Vigne Surrau Limizzani Vermentino di Gallura 2021
Gallura, a land of granite rocks and mistral winds on the northern end of the island of Sardinia, is home to some of the finest Vermentino made. Limizzani is the name of a mystical site from the ancient Mediterranean civilizations that inhabited the region thousands of years ago. From grapes sourced across all the estate vineyards, Limizzani is a fresh and pure Vermentino that embodies the essence of Gallura.
Vigne Surrau takes its name from the Surrau Valley, located between the communes of Arzachena and Palau in the heart of the Gallura appellation in northern Sardegna. Tucked among the rugged hills with an impressive view of the Limbara granite massif, the winery is a shot fifteen minute drive to the Costa Smeralda and the crystalline waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The location provides a perfect growing area for both white and red wines of extraodinary character and elegance.
The Demuro family, owners of Vigne Surrau, are native Sardinians and have practiced viticulture for generations. In the late 1990s, Tino Demuro, while running his successful construction business, began researching the symbiotic relationship between construction and nature. He believed a wine estate could be a place of work that was capable of creating a produce of the earth through visible process that ensure quality. In 2001 he decided to invest in the land's potential with the purchase of vineyards in Arzachena.
Today, Vigne Surrau consist of 60 hectares in eight different locations across the eastern side of Gallura. Famed oenologist, Beppe Caviola works with agronomist Fabio Isoni and oenologist Mario Siddi with the pursuit of elevating Vigne Surrau to its full potential. From the beginning, Vigne Surrau was built around Vermentino and today it is 70% of the winery production. Vermentino di Gallura is known to be the best expression of Vermentino on the island, reflecting the characteristics of the area, from the granite soil and the macchia Mediterranean, to the Mistral sea breezes that blow across the vineyard. Surrau produces four bottling of Vermentino di Gallura.
The winery red wines are represented by Cannonau di Sardegna DOC with two bottling, Naracu and Sincaru. They also produce an Isola dei Nuraghi IGT, a blend of Carignano, Cannonau, Bovale Sardo and Caricaggiola from vineyards close to Stazzo Surrau di Arzachena, the childhood home of Tino, over 60 years ago.
The winery was designed and built as a meeting place where meditation, art and wine can come together. Vigne Surrau was created to tell the sorry of the area - Gallura and Arzachena - with each bottle of Surrau, one will find the sun, the sea and the wind of Gallura and transport to this magical place.
Hailed for centuries as a Mediterranean vine-growing paradise, multiple cultures over many centuries have ruled the large island of Sardinia. Set in the middle of the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Phonoecians, Ancient Rome, and subsequently the Byzantines, Arabs and Catalans have all staked a claim on the island at some point in history. Along the way, these inhabitants transported many of their homeland’s prized vines and today Sardinia’s modern-day indigenous grape varieties claim multiple origins. Sardinia’s most important red grapes—namely Cannonau (a synonym for Grenache) and Carignan—are actually of Spanish origin.
Vermentino, a prolific Mediterranean variety, is the island’s star white. Vermentino has a stronghold the Languedoc region of France as well as Italy’s western and coastal regions, namely Liguria (where it is called Pigato), Piedmont (where it is called Favorita) and in Tuscany, where it goes by the name, Vermentino. The best Vermentino, in arguably all of the Mediterranean, grows in Sardinia's northeastern region of Gallura where its vines struggle to dig roots deep down into north-facing slopes of granitic soils. These Vermentino vines produce highly aromatic, full and concentrated whites of unparalleled balance.
Today aside from its dedication to viticulture, Sardinia remains committed to maintaining its natural farmlands, bucolic plains of grazing sheep and perhaps most of all, its sandy, sunny, Mediterranean beaches.
A fantastic, aromatic white grape that grows with great success in Sardinia, Tuscany and in lesser proportions on the island of Corsica. Somm Secret—Vermentino is thought to be genetically identical to Liguria’s Pigato grape and Peidmont’s Favorita. It comprises a large proportion of the whites in southern France where it is called Rolle.