Organic by Nature

Lughente is the first Organic Vermentino di Gallura DOCG produced by the Giogantinu wine cellar. It is a tribute to our tradition, a luminous path that, from the land, leads straight to the heart.

The Project.

At at time when attention to Nature and the preservation of the Ecosystem are extremely important, Giogantinu is at the forefront, with its biological project: this is how “Lughente” was born.

The name comes from the Sardinian dialect and translates as “luminous”. In pursuing the goal of naturalness and authentic flavour, Lughente truly presents itself as a glimmer of hope for a more conscious and respectful future of the earth’s resources. The journey that led us to quality started way back, convincingly embracing the values of respect for the land, tradition and seasonality. The wine was born from the idea of converting some hectares of land to natural cultivation.

Immense spaces cultivated in parallel rows where the natural ecosystem is carefully preserved and followed step by step. The scent of Mediterranean plants and soil pervades the nose. Walking through the rows becomes an all-round mystical experience. The vineyard is not subjected to any medical treatment and remains authentic in taste and in appearance. In the cellar there is another space that has been converted to renewable energy. On the roof of our building, a photovoltaic system has been installed to absorb the power of sunlight every day and transform it into ready-to-use energy.

The cultivation philosophy.

Lughente is a bunch of ripe grapes grown without medical treatments; the parameters that assess the quality of the soil, the surrounding nature at every single stage of growth are kept under strict control. The Sardinian wind, the strength of the island soil, the warmth of the sun that bathes the eastern coast with light right from the morning, the freshness of the waters that tirelessly flow from Limbara to the valley are the elements that give life to this wine..

The territories used for the production of our Vermentino di Gallura DOCG extend around the hill of Sant’Alvara, where the village of Berchidda is located. To the east, they arrive a few kilometres from the city of Olbia, while to the west they reach the territories of Oschiri. The typical landscape is luxuriant in the spring and dry in the summer. In autumn and winter, the proximity to Mount Limbara creates a perfect micro-climate, as it preserves water resources as much as possible.

The History of Vermentino di Gallura.

The history and origins of the Vermentino vine in Sardinia are still the subject of debate in Ampelology. Some scholars seem certain that the first vines came from France, passing through the coasts of the Ligurian Sea and the Tyrrhenian Sea. Others say that its origin is linked to the strong influence of the Catalans and Aragonese that inhabited the island in ancient times. However, its origins are documented in Spain, Corsica and in our island around the fifteenth century. Its evolution and production date back to the late 1800s, when the first plants were built in Gallura.

The name “Vermentino” is thought to derive from “fermentation”, to indicate the slightly pungent and prickly character that this wine expresses when young. Recently, the idea has been put forward that the name is to be linked to “vermene” a word used in the Middle Ages to describe young and thin branches, from the Latin “verbena”.

Vermentino is a yellow with greenish to golden hues grape variety with medium-large five-lobe leaves, loose medium-sized bunches and medium-large berries. This plant grows in Gallura and the area’s poor soil, which is nevertheless rich in mineral salts derived from its granitic nature, gives the resulting wine its distinctive character. Thanks to the soil, the wind, the sun and, more generally, the micro-climate, Vermentino finds its greatest expression in Gallura, recognised by Italian Ministerial Decree of 11/09/1996, which awarded this grape the DOCG label, which guarantees the quality and origin of the wine. This is to be considered a unique recognition for a vine in Sardinia.