Sardus Pater Winery is on Sant’Antioco Island, in the South Western part of Sardinia.
Established in 1949 as a limited liability cooperative company, activities have started in 1955. Through the years wine production has been enhanced, focusing especially on Carignano grapes variety.
Grapes, supplied by 200 associates, come from a 300 hectares area planted with vines. There are mainly Carignano vineyards and the most ancient ones are located on Sant’Antioco Island. They date back to at least 50 years, planted on sandy soil with low yields per hectare, producing top quality grapes. Out of these vineyards the Winery produces its most refined red wines.
Since 1994 grape harvest the winery starts producing also Vermentino. There is also a limited but very well cared for production of Moscato and Nasco, cultivated in ungrafted vineyards, and Monica and Cannonau.
Every bottle produced comes from an accurate selection of grapes and a careful wine-making, to guarantee customers have a top quality wine.
All labels depict portraits or photographs of archeological relics found during the research and dig campaigns carried out on Sant’Antioco Island, an area affected by dominations and/or ethnical influences such as: Shardana (ancient nuragical population), Phoenicians-Punics (Carthaginians) and Romans (meant as the Roman Empire).
« …has represented, in the prehistoric ancient times, then in the Punic one and especially under the Romans, the high ground where the whole story of the Sardinian people was summarized, in all its closures and resistances, as well as in the ability to adapt to and face Mediterranean cultures. »
(Attilio Mastino, La Grande Enciclopedia della Sardegna, page 384)
The recurring symbol on all bottles is the coin minted in Sant’Antioco at the times of the Roman rule and represents the “Sardus Pater” literally translated as «The Father of the Sardinians».
Scholars believe that Sardus Pater represents a compound of several religious elements which, starting from the ancient devotion to a Paleo-Sardinian warrior and hunter god, eventually gained cultural influences from different sources.