The winery U Tabarka Tanca Gioia, was established in Carloforte, on the island of San Pietro in Sardinia from the idea of founders Carlo Perfetti and Umberto Zamaroni about two decades ago.
In 2000 winery began producing Carignano and Vermentino, after a few years Nasco Aromatico, Moscato di Calasetta and Bovaleddù.
A young winery that learned quickly. The island's climate and ecosystem provide clear rules, sometimes too harsh to be discussed, only accepted.
With the name U Tabarka, the company wants to pay homage to its land and its history-in fact, the name comes from Tabarka, a well-known Tunisian locality, a colony of Genoese fishermen who had to abandon it back in 1738, moving to St. Peter's Island.
Tanca Gioia has been committed from the beginning to a set of values that we hope you will share and appreciate.
Identity and Philosophy
First of all, there was the desire to discover and enhance the island's native grape varieties: Carignano del Sulcis, Bovale Piccolo (Bovaleddu), Nasco Aromatico, Moscato di Calasetta and Vermentino di Sardegna.
Each of these vines, grown on free-range, has its own identity: we have to think of them as different fruits, like a melon, which obviously tastes different from a mango.
La coltivazione dell'uva viene effettuata con il minimo intervento umano, utilizzando trattamenti tradizionali e poca o nessuna irrigazione. Each vintage is a child of the days of sun, wind, and rain that the planters experienced. Each vintage is unique.
The sandy soil and sea breeze give fresh, mineral wines. The winery takes care to preserve the aromas, elegance and character of the wine during the winemaking process. All wines live and evolve in steel and glass without ever passing through wood.
U Tabarka Vineyards
The vineyards are located in the center of the island and are divided into two plots: Vigna Alta and Vigna Bassa. The vineyards have an acreage of just under 10 hectares of sandy, dry soil, excellent for extreme quality viticulture.
The wind in Carloforte is almost constant; the real difference is between a regular breeze or a calm sirocco and a powerful mistral.
The Mediterranean scrub most exposed and close to the cliffs is shaped by birth remaining low and oriented along the mistral (France) and sirocco (Africa) axis.
The sea breeze, sandy soil, and lack of a barrier between the grapes and the free-range roots mean that all our wines are mineral and, in particular, savory.
St. Peter's Island
The volcanic island of St. Peter offers a wide range of natural environments and serves as an essential planting and nesting site for several species of birds.
The rare falcons of Queen Eleanor, a luminous ruler who began protecting them in the 14th century, nest on the cliffs.
Numerous waterfowl species, including herons and pink flamingos, migrate through the abandoned salt marshes along the country's border.
The island's wilderness is especially evident in early spring, when broom, wild orchids bloom and the pristine Mediterranean scrub reproduces an unlimited variety of shades of green, including myrtle, juniper, holm oak, mastic tree, strawberry tree, heather, rosemary, lavender and dwarf palm.
Numerous deserted and abandoned beaches dot the perimeter of the island. An island with white sand and turquoise seabed alternating with dark rock cliffs and light cliffs.
Rich in hidden caves and breathtaking crevices, visit with wooden boats moored in the harbor.