Menhir, the tombs of the giants and Nuraghi characterize the place of birth of the village Monti sometimes in the Neolithic period (6000 BC.). After the people of the Nuraghi, the area fell under control of the Romans. The Romans had to be constantly on alert against the warlike tribes of Balari, to defend the for Rome's trade interests strategically important route to Olbia.
In the fourth century Sardinia was under Byzantine rule. During this time the intensive use of the rich resources of Monti started: Strawberries, fruit, honey, myrtle and cork. There were also over time pious pilgrims and hermits who often chose their residence in the so-called Concas which are, still visible, natural shelters in the rock walls.
In the late Middle Ages, monastic orders settled in the village. This ensured a systematic care of the vines, which have already been introduced by the Phoenicians in Sardinia.
The name of the village - Monti - is first metioned in 1603 in documents, although at that time had a population of only 188 people.
The Spaniards then brought the Vermentino grape in the area: In the local soils found this vine, thanks to the thin layer of granite and well drained potassium-rich soils, ideal growing conditions.
Old "bizantteris" winemakers brought the cultivation methods in the presence: The cut-outs of new vineyards - raglia - are planted only in pristine, freshly paved floors or in already agricultural soils, which must be left fallow for at least one year. The vineyards are applied in monocultures in upright, closely spaced shrubs and maintained manually. The individual vineyards are limited by typical local stone walls, in which small wooden doors are inserted.
The characteristic and eponymous local wine is Vermentino: Originally from Spain as "Listan d'Andalusia" he found his way to France - "Grosse Clarette", "Aivosie d'Espagne", and "Piccabon" - then spread to neighboring Liguria - "Pizzamosca", "Corbesso", "Vemettino". Finally, this vine reached the coast of Corsica and Gallura and was here known as "Vermentino".
By accurate care in the local vineyards and the careful winemaking in wineries, Vermentino awarded the DOC label 1975 and the DOCG label in 1996.
On the slopes of Longu, Sa Prescione and wooded Punta Turrita the city Monti is in a wide valley, surrounded by vineyards and cork forests. The picturesque city is dominated by traditional houses made of granite stone and finds his eyecatching in a dating from the seventeenth century bell tower. Near the resort you will find an area of outstanding interest for enviromental protection: Mount Olbia, the habitat of many plant and animal species. A few kilometers away are the beaches, bays, granite rocks and finally the speckled by small islands sea with emerald water. Together this landscape traces the contours of one of the most famous coastlines in the world.
SARDINIA: A gigantic vineyard surrounded by the sea.
The area of Gallura is constantly caressed by the wind and the rainfall rarely reach the value of 800mm/year. The temperatures never fall below 8°/9°C and the summers are very hot, with significant differences between day and night temperatures. So overall ideal conditions for viticulture.
Thanks to the skill and commitment of the local wineries in Monti, the country was populated over the years with numerous small vineyards. In July 1956, 22 farsighted winemakers got together to guarantee the processing of harvested grapes and created the CANTINA SOCIALE DEL VERMENTINO whose name honor the noblest grape of Gallura. The winery now has 350 members, which maintain the vineyards in the region of Monti, Telti, Olbia, Loiri and Porto San Paolo.
For a total return of 500 hectares this winery delivers selected grapes as raw material for elegant, stylish and original wines. In the winery, immersed in a three-hectare oak forest, the entire production cycle unfolds. Starting with the fine crushing of the grapes takes this cycle in the storage of wine at a controlled temperature in a cellar its conclusion.
Producer and bottler: CANTINA DEL VERMENTINO
Via San Paolo, 2
07020 Monti (OT)
SARDEGNA - Italy
+39 0789 44012