The wines of “Alghero”
In Alghero veritas, in the sense that “Alghero” is a DOC designation and only those wines which meet strict production rules can use that title without committing a grave infringement and injustice against men and gods (above all the gods, who are rightly jealous of our land and its products).
However, don’t make the mistake of thinking that the “Alghero” label of origin only means our town. Indeed this DOC is born from grape varieties cultivated in the whole territory of the municipalities of Alghero, Olmedo, Ossi, Tissi, Usini, Uri, Ittiri and part of the territory of Sassari, covering an area with no less than 1,343 hectares of vineyards.
The two largest wineries producing “Alghero” DOC wines are Sella & Mosca and the Cantina Sociale di Santa Maria la Palma, followed by a number of smaller wineries which have emerged over the past decade. Together, these wine-makers have preserved and developed the ancient local grape varieties such as Torbato or Cagnulari, but they have also introduced others of a more international flavour such as Cabernet Sauvignon.
There are almost twenty “Alghero” DOC wines: I’ll try to give you some glimpses of what you can find in them. Firstly you will find colour, from the straw yellow of “Alghero” Sauvignon recalling the talons of Bonelli’s eagle clinging to the rocks of Capo Caccia, to the ruby red of “Alghero“ Cagnulari, recalling the coral that grows on our seabed. Then you will find the scents, from that of the “Alghero” White, evanescent as the waters of Neptune’s sea caves, to that of the “Alghero” Red, characteristic as a bogamarì (sea urchin) just split open by a knife. And finally, flavour, from that of the “Alghero” liqueur wine, sweet as falling in love in the month of August in the promenades of Alghero at dusk, up to that of the “Alghero” Vermentino, sparkling as an aperitif at the Blau bar while the sunlight plunges together with your staring eyes, down to the sea and then rises, expands and spreads through the sky just like the bubbles from the bottom of a goblet.
So as you can see, at Alghero there is plenty of veritas, beautiful veritas, good veritas.