Grotta Rossa Carignano del Sulcis DOC
This celebrated winery takes its name from the medieval town of Santadi, in the Sulcis peninsula of southwest Sardinia – a landscape of contrasts and dramatic beauty, where the pure white sand dunes of Porto Pino and the greenery of the Pantaleo forest and its centuries-old oak trees, cork trees and holly oaks call home. Founded in 1960, Cantina Santadi began as a partnership between fine local growers, making it deeply rooted in the Sulcis terroir.
The Santadi vineyards cover 500 hectares (1,235 acres) of prime, gently rolling hills reaching right out to the sea. They are all within an eighteen-mile radius from the winery so that the fruit can be moved quickly. The sandy nature of the soil is conducive to the survival of pre-Phylloxera rootstock. In the words of enologist Raffaele Cani, “The parasite does attack the roots, producing small holes in them. These cavities, however, are immediately filled up by grains of sand that heal the wounds, as it were, allowing the plant to thrive in spite of Phylloxera.”
A charming and fruit-forward wine, with earthy, peppery notes, good structure and a food-friendly style.
Wine exported to
Bermuda, USA, Canada, Australia
Most recent awards
- 2015 | Vinous89
- 2013 | Wine Spectator88
- 2012 | Wine Enthusiast89
- 2011 | James Suckling90
- 2010 | Wine & Spirits88
- 2010 | The Tasting Panel88
Type of yeast:
24-26 °C (75,2-78,8 °F)
Aging before bottling:
Aging in bottle:
Lower Sulcis, Sardinia
Sand, clay and limestone
Time of harvest:
Mid-September to mid-October
Total yearly production (in bottles):
Concentrated and deep ruby red. Intense and fruity with licorice on the finish. An elegant wine with good volume on the palate.
Best served at 14 -16 °C (57.2 - 60.8 °F).
Pairs well with structured first courses and flavorsome red meat, light game and fancy poultry.
14 % vol
Riccardo Curreli - Consultant: Giorgio Marone