2020 Santadi ‘Villa Solais’ Vermentino


Region: Sulcis, Sardinia, Italy

Viticulture: Conventional

Winemaker: Giorgio Marrone

Established Date: 1960

The hand-picked grapes are soft-pressed and fermented in stainless steel tanks under temperature controls, so as to preserve its aromas. The wine is then left in contact with its lees for several months before being bottled. Made with 10% Nuragus, another local variety,  the wine is pale gold with notes of apple, peach and citrus and  the palate  is perfectly balanced with full flavour and richness.

Sommelier’s Recommendation 

Vermentino from the home of Vermentino. The Sardinian Sun beating down on the Vermentino sunshine is captured in this glass of Vermentino. Bright, ripe fruit jumping from the glass and loads of texture from the soft pressing and careful handling when crafted into wine. Perfect with a wide array of foods as it has but the robust flavours and crisp acidity to handle seafood, pork, mushrooms, butter and cream based sauces.




Cantina Santadi was founded in 1960 as a cooperative of local growers. Under the guidance of Antonello Pilloni, Santadi has become one of Sardinia’s, and Italy’s, finest wineries, with more than 200 growers farming 600 hectares.

In the early 1980’s, Antonello called on the late Giacomo Tachis to consult for Santadi. Creator of Sassicaia, Tachis would go on to become the man behind Italian wine’s worldwide renaissance. Even after retirement, Tachis continued to work with his friend Antonello, saying “I’m absolutely passionate about Vermentino and Carignano….there are still parts of Sardinia which I consider virgin land, it’s a spectacular island, especially the south, which is the true soul of the island.”

The Sulcis peninsula is, geologically, Sardinia’s most ancient area, rich in archaeological sites, and offers an astonishing palette of variations and contrasts, with coastal sand dunes, gentle hills and inlets, narrow strips of flatland and inland mountains, rugged cliffs overhanging the sea interspersed with silky-smooth white beaches, pine trees, junipers and vineyards. In these sandy soils, pre-phylloxera vines continue to survive and thrive.

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