Santadi

HISTORY 历史 The Santadi Winery came into being in 1960, when a group of grape growers, coordinated by ETFAS, the Land Reform Board of Sardinia, joined forces to set up a cooperative winemaking and marketing business. The place was – and is – Santadi, south-western Sardinia, in the heart of the Sulcis district. Up to the 1980s, the Winery confined its activity to producing and selling bulk wine, only making a few half-hearted attempts at bottling. A leap of faith was needed, and it came in the mid 1970s, when a new Board of Directors took office, headed by Antonello Pilloni (who remains the Chairman to this date).

The new team saw that a change of tack was needed, and lost no time in securing the assistance of the internationally famous oenologist Giacomo Tachis who soon grew to love this land took the future of the Winery to heart. Under his guidance, the quality of the Santadi wines skyrocketed, securing them a breakthrough in the main markets, which immediately recognised their outstanding quality and strong identity. Since then, the only direction has been upwards, as the Santadi wines continue to spread and reap appreciation worldwide.

A success story made possible by the whole team, which includes the grape growers, directors, marketing staff and all winery workers, forming a reservoir of expertise that is an asset for the whole territory. WINERY OF THE YEAR 2011 – WINES & SPIRITS MAGAZINE THE TERRITORY The Sulcis (south-western Sardinia) is the most ancient geological area on the Island, which has preserved a timeless fascination. The coastal area has a variety of landscapes, including soft hills, vast plains and inland mountain ranges with pristine forests and unique biodiversity.

The coast alternates towering cliffs with secluded coves and long stretches of splendid sandy beaches backed by pine woods and copses of century-old junipers. The grapes processed in our Winery come from vineyards planted in this unique territory, scattered in a radius of about 30 km. Santadi The town of Santadi, founded in the Middle Ages, is in the heart of the Sulcis, in a countryside covered by holm oaks, lentisk, olive groves and vineyards, and offers a variety of natural and cultural attractions seldom found in a single place. A few miles from town stretches the splendid Pantaleo forest, with century-old trees, including oak, phillyrea, cork trees, and a unique example in Europe of pure holm oak wood, the ideal habitat for two rare and protected species: the Sardinian deer and the fallow deer. Santadi boasts many important archaeological sites, such as nuraghic villages, Phoenician and Punic settlements, necropolises, sacred wells, caves, etc.