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Carignano del Sulcis: Sardinia’s hidden gems

The deep garnet color of Carignano del Sulcis wines from Sardinia are extraordinarly beautiful.

The deep garnet color of Carignano del Sulcis wines from Sardinia is extraordinarly beautiful.

Dottore Marco Santarelli looks like a young Italian actor, more suited to making movies than growing grapes. But the 32-year-old enologist is serious about his craft — winemaker for the Santadi winery in Sardinia’s Carignano del Sulcis region.

Santadi winemaker Marco Santarelli says crafting a good base wine is key to success.

Santadi winemaker Marco Santarelli says crafting a good base wine is key to success.

“Winemaking is very easy if the grapes grow clean,” says Santarelli, noting the less interference from the hand of man, the better. “Ah, but they can’t be ignored,” he continues. “You have to talk to the plants. That is the secret.”

Santarelli does a lot of talking in the Sulcis, a beautiful, remote region in the southwest corner of the Mediterranean’s second largest island...

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Carignano del Sulcis: Sardinia's hidden gems

The deep garnet color of Carignano del Sulcis wines from Sardinia are extraordinarly beautiful.

The deep garnet color of Carignano del Sulcis wines from Sardinia is extraordinarly beautiful.

Dottore Marco Santarelli looks like a young Italian actor, more suited to making movies than growing grapes. But the 32-year-old enologist is serious about his craft — winemaker for the Santadi winery in Sardinia’s Carignano del Sulcis region.

Santadi winemaker Marco Santarelli says crafting a good base wine is key to success.

Santadi winemaker Marco Santarelli says crafting a good base wine is key to success.

“Winemaking is very easy if the grapes grow clean,” says Santarelli, noting the less interference from the hand of man, the better. “Ah, but they can’t be ignored,” he continues. “You have to talk to the plants. That is the secret.”

Santarelli does a lot of talking in the Sulcis, a beautiful, remote region in the southwest corner of the Mediterranean’s second largest island...

Read More