Vigne Rada is comprised of two complementary vineyards: Monte Pedrosuand Cubalciada; each benefiting from full South-West sun exposure and presence of the Mediterranean sea less than 2 km away.
Monte Pedrosuoffers over 17 hectares of dry stony soil; ideal for limiting yields in order to concentrate flavor.
The 4 hectares of Cubalciada, while smaller, offer an unusual dual composition. On one part, calcareous soil adds an aromatic finesse to the native Vermentino vines that call it home; on the other, chalky, clay-like soil gives rise to Cannonau grapes that flourish until they are hand-picked at full phenolic maturity.
The beloved Vermentino. The traditional Cannonau. The rare and rediscovered Cagnulari.
Our vineyards exist to create space for the indigenous grapes, designed by nature, to thrive on Sardinian soil. As such, Vigne Rada is committed to biological and chemical-free innovations that follow nature’s lead.
Sardinia is the only place where D.O.C.G. Vermentino can grow (Denomination of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin). The Gallura region offers a Vermentino that is recognizably crisp and uniquely sharp as compared with other regions in Sardinia. In the words of the isle’s most famous winemaker, Mariano Murru, “Vermentino is a grape that loves the sea breeze and the sun, hence finding its natural home in Sardinia”.
Of note, grapes destined for Vigne Rada’s 3-Nodiwhite passito dessert wine are patiently and faithfully left to dry naturally on the vine, enriching the wine with Vermentino’s celebrated flavor without the need for artificial sweetness. Just as nature intended.
This traditional Sardinian grape has been associated with Sardinian longevity. Noted for its levels of polyphenols and the same anthocyanins found in berries.
On our vineyards, pruning is used to limit yields and elevate the quality nature can offer. The grapes are then harvested by hand when they are at full phenolic maturity.
An ancient grape species native to the isle of Sardinia and only recently rediscovered.
While hard to grow, Vigne Rada supports Cagnulari vines with patience, love, and passion. As a reward, if treated with meticulous care, its precious yields lend themselves beautifully to wines ideal for long aging.
The cellar at Vigne Rada is under the care of expert French winemaker, Antoine Pouponneau.
Together Antoine and Vigne Rada founder, Luigi Bardino, are working to identify how today’s technological advances can be used to actualize the natural potential of each grape, without the use of chemical processes.
While seemingly contradictory, this utilization of the modern is founded in a reverence for the ancient and native grapes of Sardinia; particularly a conviction that careful viticulture and vinification, in an unparalleled terroir, can offer connoisseurs pure and distinctive wines that exalt the natural flavors of each variety.