Cannonau is a native grape in Sardinia. Recent science discovers evidence of a 3,000 year history of Cannonau cultivation. A secret cru territory of Cannonau has been resurrected from prehistory by the Atha Ruja winery in Dorgali. Ancient practices combined with modern techniques would have satisfied the most demanding mythologic gods of the prehistoric Nuragic Civilization.
The vinyeards of Atha Ruja are located in the Oddoene Valley near the province of Nuoro. "Oddoene Valley" means the "Valley of God" in a Sardinian dialect. This valley is one of the most biologically fertile territories on the island, hence the name. A beautiful landscape, surrounded by mountains and close to the sea. Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water coalesce into the perfect conditions for a masterful construction of Cannonau wines with exotic fruits and aromas that mirror the territory. The winery practices manual farming, alberello vine construction, and low yields to bring you the wine masterpieces of Sardinia. Total bottle production: 25,000 annual.
It's with this small production Cannonau from Atha Ruja, that one realizes what's been missing in life. This cru of Cannonau is like a Michelangelo scuplture: detailed, evocative, and timeless. The grapes are hand-selected and hand-harvested at the perfect moment of maturity. Aged in French barrique for 12 months and laid down in bottles for 6 months for further refinement. Remarkable freshness and elegant tannicity follow the warm impact inside the mouth mixing together and producing a soft, velvety combination. Fully detailed body warmly embraces the palate and mature mirto berry notes express the native fruits of the territory. 7,000 bottles annual production.
Cannonau is a blue zone wine found on the island of Sardinia in Italy. The “blue zones” are known for their large centenarian populations. The “Vigna Sorella” Cannonau from Sardinia is a delicious ensemble of layers: vibrant red fruits, mediterranean herbs, and spices. Lightly seasoned with cinnamon notes and hot spices to inebriate your senses. A refined aging process that requires steel and oak, shows off the wine as both fresh and age-worthy. Designed to be an accessible Cannonau with artisanal craftsmanship, the wine is compatible with hors d'oeuvres that include aged cheeses or fine dinners with fine cuts of meat. Handcrafted in Sardinia at 7,000 bottles annually.
If you want to feel like you're on vacation, this white wine will take you there. D’orvene means “veins of gold” in Sardinian referring to the color of the wine. Aromatic with apple, pear, and citrus notes. Full bodied with creamy textures, the dense minerality reveals itself like seashells after a crashing wave. Soft, smooth, with a unique character. It pairs beautifully with shellfish, grilled fish, and fresh vegetables. 3,000 bottles produced annually.
The old craft trades like the blacksmith, the tailor, and the butcher have become a lost art in the modern world. People have gotten used to the mediocre. Today everything is mass-produced. But in tiny pockets of the old world, exist artisans that resist the generic. Atha Ruja is a craft winery on the island of Sardinia in Italy. They are the inheritors of an ancient craft of winemaking. "Kuentu" is the riserve, made with 100% Cannonau grapes from 40-year-old vines, an optimum age for the production of age-worthy Cannonau. The wine is made with only the finest quality grapes that were hand-selected during the harvest. The wine is aged in French oak for 2 years before its release and may age in your wine cellar for at least 10 years. The wine culture in Sardinia might be the oldest in the Mediterranean as scientists discovered pre-historic Cannonau seeds. Taste the essence of a lost world and the finesse of a finely crafted wine. A wine of this caliber can only be made in small quantities: 3,000 bottles produced annually.
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