Antichi Poderi Jerzu

Sardinia, sardinia Italy

Antichi Poderi Jerzu is a co-operative based in the small village of Jerzu in the historical Ogliastra region on the east coast of Sardinia. Jerzu is a remote and untouched village that maintains many of its age-old traditions. This may have something to do with the fact that Jerzu is believed to be the village with the world record ratio of centenarians to population: of the 3,200 inhabitants, four are over 100 years old.

The co-operative was founded in 1950 by the village doctor, Josto Miglior, who convinced 45 grape growers to join forces and produce better wine. Today, Jerzu unites 430 growers from almost all the families in the village and is led by head winemaker Biagio Boi and consultant winemaker Franco Bernabei.

Their 650 hectares of vineyards are located in prime hillside areas stretching from the Gennargentu mountains in the heart of the island to the coast. The grapes grown here are renowned for their flavour intensity. The range of locations and micro-climatic conditions provides Biagio and Franco with multiple blending options along with opportunities to express the unique character of certain plots.

The ‘Telavè’ Vermentino and the ‘Bantu’ Cannonau are young and fresh expressions of these two classic Sardinian varieties. Each represents excellent value. ‘Lucean Le Stelle’ Vermentino comes from a stricter selection of grapes. It is fermented in stainless-steel vats before ageing for six months on the lees, giving a more intense expression of the varietal. Their top Cannonau, the ‘Marghia’, comes from 30-year-old vines at 500 metres above sea level. Aged in Slavonian oak for 12 months, it has intense aromas of ripe blackberry, forest fruits and a touch of spice.


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