The Demelas Family was born in 2019 in Atzara, in the heart of Sardinia, in the Mandrolisai region, a land of strong wine vocation propagated from generation to generation from father to son.
The Famiglia Demelas decided to take on the challenge of moving from homegrown to modern production, albeit linked to the land and traditional native grape varieties.
A stubborn dream that came true with the desire to unite business and expertise in a path full of commitment and great joy.
A production of small quantities, necessarily niche, is enhanced by precise selection, and the desire to welcome and share in the heart of the island.
Atzara-based Demelas Family wines are embellished with labels by local artist Mauro Patta.
Wine and art are a combination that the winery has chosen to enhance.
Art has the power to connect different sensory levels and stimulate perception, as those who enjoy tasting wine know.
Mandrolisai: the where the wines of the Demelas Family are born.
Demelas Family wines are produced in the territory of Atzara, an ancient village in the heart of Sardinia, in the Mandrolisai hills.
Due to its climatic and geographical characteristics, low rainfall and long summers, a land that has always had a vocation for wine production, which has allowed the production of exceptional products.
Here the Gennargentu massif, with its peak at 1,800 meters above sea level, dominates the hills of Mandrolisai, and in the hot summer gives cool currents that pass through oaks, holm oaks, orchards and Mediterranean scrub to reach the vineyards, to which it gives coolness.
Places where human settlements are very ancient, think of the Biru 'e Concas complex in Sorgono, built between 3300 and 2700 BC. - 2700-1700 BC, represents the richest menhir complex in the entire Mediterranean.
An area far from the influx of tourists, wild and of great environmental value where life still flows slowly, a true and authentic climate where our community à still lives and breathes the authentic atmosphere and popular culture associated with agriculture, especially viticulture.
This has prevented the development of industry in the area, allowing the maintenance of a rural landscape rich in biodiversity, including arboreal, cereal, vegetable, and orchard cropping systems; vineyards are part of this fragmented environment, surrounded by barren stone walls or hedge divisions, which make up less than 20 percent of the entire environment.
For these reasons, territorial policies aimed at protecting environmental integrity, historical heritage can be developed according to the expectations of citizens and new tourism needs; these are guided by the Longevitas project, launched by the Municipality of Atzara.
The varieties cultivated by the Demelas Family.
Demelas Family wines enhance the union of several indigenous grape varieties of the area, Cannonau, Muristeddu (Bovale Sardo), Monica, and other Mandrolisai varieties resulting in an unparalleled unicum.
The soils where these vines grow are born from granitic disintegration, the disintegration of rocks over time to create soils of a mixture of coarse-grained sand and clay that have helped make the wine its uniqueness.
Cannonau is cultivated in Sardinia from the mountains to the plains, and is the native Sardinian black berry best known outside our island; it is characterized by the development of a remarkable sugar content, and great aromatic charge.
Until a few years ago it was considered native to Spain. In reality, however, the first written records of Cannonau wine in Sardinia date back to 1549, while two centuries later a Spanish red wine called Garnacha appeared.
A survey conducted by the University of Sassari also found that Cannonau and Grenache share only 82 percent of their genetic heritage, so Cannonau is an indigenous grape of Sardinia.
Bovale Sardo (or as we prefer to call it Muristeddu, in Sardinian) is a widely planted grape variety, especially in the central region of Sardinia.
Two very important characteristics are: high polyphenol content (the higher the polyphenol concentration, the more intense the color of the wine) and high acidity.
Evidence on seeds found at the Arrubiu nuraghe in Orroli confirmed the existence of Muristeddu as early as the second century AD (Sanges 2007), a fact that overturns the hypothesis of its Spanish origin.
Of the three main grape varieties in Mandrolisai, Monica is the mildest variety and is characterized by the highest yields due to large clusters. Its origin is currently unknown.
Based on these considerations, unless proven otherwise, it is appropriate to consider Monica as an indigenous variety of Sardinia, pending new research on the subject.
The wines of the Demelas Family tell the story of the territory, expressing it in the glass through the chromatic kit from the grape to the wine, and a modern and elegant dress.