Tasting of Sardine Wines Sella & Mosca

20 Sep 2017

A Herculean Feat. In 1899 excavation work commenced on the I Piani zone, characterised by a thick layer of sandstone, in addition to trachyte and limestone, which prevented drainage of the soil. Several thousand rocks of various sizes were removed one by one by machinery that was extremely advanced for the time.

Today this truly Herculean feat is commemorated by the large sandstone rocks that have been used for landscaping on the estate, giving it a truly unique look. A large overhead bridge built using just a few hundred of these huge rocks stands in the middle of the property. Looking down from it, it is possible to appreciate the scale of the estate and the way it respects several natural areas that continue to exist side by side with the vineyards.

The Founders. Over a century has passed since two adventurous Piedmontese men started to drain the land that is now occupied by over 541 hectares of Sella&Mosca vineyards. This very promising area with its enchanting landscape was the setting for the fortunate encounter of these two adventurous men, who were fascinated by the virgin terrain: the engineer Sella, nephew of the famo

us statesman Quintino Sella, and the lawyer Mosca.These are the origins of Sella&Mosca, which at the turn of the twentieth century transformed pastureland into fertile vineyards, commencing themost prestigious wine production in Sardinia. Today visitors to the charming estate relive this pioneering atmosphere in a continuous kaleidoscope of fragrances, perfumes and aromas that express the character of the powerful, sunny land and greatly contribute to the unmistakable personality of its wines. Respect for the place and the culture of wine, and closeness to the land and its traditions are the rules handed down by the founders, which have always inspired all Sella&Mosca’s work and determined its success.

Eco-Sustainability. The concept of eco-sustainability has always been part of Sella&Mosca’s policy.

In order to maintain biodiversity, which is fundamental for the natural protection of the vines, the vineyards have been alternated with shady avenues planted with various trees and shrubs: 3000 oleanders, 500 palms and countless maritime pines, eucalyptuses and other Mediterranean scrub species.
Parasite controls are achieved by integrated pest management using modern techniques to monitor insect populations and exploiting the improvement of the microenvironment offered by botanical species and cover cropping with volunteer plants.

Targeted agronomical operations are used to regulate the growth of the vines and create unfavourable conditions for attacks by pathogens such as peronospora, oidium and botrytis.
The use of integrated biological control strategies allows production with chemical residues considerably lower than allowed by law. The control strategy features the use of modern anti-leak machinery with product recovery systems.
Energy savings are also a priority for Sella&Mosca, from the use of modern machinery that minimizes leakage in irrigation systems to the adoption of technologies to reduce energy consumption in the cellar.

The sunny, windswept I Piani area North of Alghero is an excellent wine growing country, pervaded by fragrant aromas and characterised by a clear blue sky. It is the location of the Sella&Mosca estate, which covers an area of 650 hectares, 520 of which planted to vine. These vineyards are flanked by Sella&Mosca’s properties in Gallura, in the Northeastern part of the island (15 hectares) and in Giba, in the Sulcis region of the Southwestern coast, between Capo Teulada and the Iglesiente mountains (6 hectares).
Each site has a different terroir and is characterised by unique environmental elements: arid, mineral-rich soil, clear air and a hot but breezy climate. This is the natural setting in which old traditional grape varieties express themselves in fine wines with a sunny, generous and unmistakably Mediterranean flavour.

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