Alessandro Dettori is one of the most passionate and influential figures in the Italian wine community; committed to producing purely natural wines from his little plot of Badde Nigolosu. Fanatical about biodynamics and natural practices, Alessandro’s estate was one of the first to receive the prestigious Demeter certification in Italy, an award that very few in the country have achieved. “We feel the need and the responsibility to hand down to future generations a fertile, healthy earth, and the only way to preserve this patrimony is to exclude every chemical substance”.
The cellar, built underground, follows the same principles. Only stainless-steel and concrete tanks are used, where spontaneous fermentation takes place with no temperature control and no use of sulfites except, and only if absolutely necessary, at bottling. Only indigenous varieties are grown: Vermentino, Pascale, Moscato di Sennori, Monica, and of course, Cannonau.
Alessandro’s dedication to Cannonau is inspiring. He was originally accused of making “fake” Cannonau because his tasted nothing like the Cannonau grown on the rest of the island (this clone is known as Grenache/Garnacha elsewhere). He set about to prove his critics wrong and in the process discovered documents dating back to the 1500s confirming that the very specific and ancient clone of Cannonau that he works with did indeed originate in Sennori and Sorso. Talk about redefining a region!
- Renosu Bianco
- Renosu Rosso