Vermentino di Gallura DOCG, Sardinian wine excellence
If you are wondering what is the flagship wine of Gallura, the answer is easy: Vermentino, produced from grape varieties that only here could find roots.
The subsoil, in fact, is of granite origin and is rich in potassium; this characteristic, combined with this windy area and the warm temperate climate, determines a unique product, also compared with the Vermentino variety produced in Liguria and Tuscany.
The grape varieties of Vermentino are spread among 21 municipalities (included San Teodoro); the hallmarks of this wine are the pale yellow color, the intense and subtle perfume, the soft flavor with a slightly bitter aftertaste.
The origins of this Sardinian wine are partially unknown: we know that comes from Spain, from there arrived in Corsica and then in our island around the XV century. The two qualities that you can taste here are Vermentino di Sardegna DOC and Vermentino di Gallura DOCG; the latter is the only Sardinian wine to be awarded DOCG , further reason to devote part of your vacation to the tasting of local excellence, considered a heritage to be protected like the coasts and the other natural treasures.
Vermentino di Gallura recommended food pairings
A wine of this kind goes wonderfully with fish based dishes, lobsters, oysters, Sardinian specialties such as lobster noodles and those with the bottarga di Carloforte (fish eggs).
We suggest other dishes to enjoy with Vermentino di Gallura DOCG, for example the s'azzada, Sardinian name of the “agliata” sauce prepared with ray fish; the luvaro (also known as the red snapper); the incasada eel with pecorino and fregula with arselle, consisting of small balls of handmade dough toasted in the oven.
Vermentino has to be served cold at 6 ° C and is ideal for aperitif and dinner. Sardinia is a land of fine food and wine, and Vermentino represents the peculiarity and plenty of Gallura, nice tourist destination but above all the a land with a thousand-year old history.