Turriga. Turriga, The Land, the Grapes, the Wines
with a contemporary and international language.
Turriga born from the mature vision of Argiolas’ family
Ruby-red produced from traditional vines, Turriga narrates old memories of Mediterranean island to the world with a contemporary and international language. It expresses, in its character’s fullness, the strong philosophy of the Argiolas household, that codified by the patriarch, dates back to 1980s. In this moment, Antonio, born in 1906 and died over 100 years old, never tired of measuring innovation, shared with his sons, Franco and Giuseppe, the idea of bottling the product of the grapes ripened in the vineyards not far from Serdiana, the village of the Winery, the scene of sacrifices and passions and the fulcrum of the family’s entrepreneurial history.
The vision of Argiolas household, originated from land’s love and at the same time a broad perspective on the world, materialized with the inclusion of the famous wine maker Giacomo Tachis and his pupil Mariano Murru, who is the technical director of the Winery nowadays. The main aim was to narrate Sardinia with an innovative character. And to allow for the first time to local varieties through skillful blending outside the usual techniques, to blend to give birth – in a harmony that did not exist before – to a long-lived, balanced and powerful wine.
Wine owes its strength to its visceral connection with the womb of the Earth
It was1988 when, after a long period of research, the first harvest delivered to the Winery the grapes to macerate and ferment, a balanced blend of Sardinian vines rooted for centuries in the limestone soils of the hills and the sands of the coast, kissed by the sun and caressed by the wind, swollen by the sea: Cannonau, which offers structure and personality; Bovale, generous in the gift of fruitiness; Carignano, repository of elegance, fullness and roundness; and Malvasia nera, which bestows the ability to ripen.
After the first harvest, Turriga waited until 1991 to reveal itself to connoisseurs. Aged in French oak barriques for 18-24 months and refined in bottles for 12-14 months, it won acclaim and recognition. ‘It cleared Sardinian red wine through customs in the eyes of the planet,’ journalist Benedetto Ferrara wrote several years ago in Repubblica. ‘Thus the perfection of Cannonau found a new melody, resistant to time’.
A critical success confirmed year after year: the product preserves and restores, in fact, in the surprising, harmonious and enveloping richness of odours, aromas and scents, the complex character of its origins, a decisive reminder of the power of genesis and the memories of millenary civilisations.
The wine owes its name to a marble statuette of the Mother Goddess, dating back more than five thousand years, which was found in the Turriga locality, in the countryside between Senorbì and Selegas, where some of the Argiolas estates extend. The female idol, now kept at the Cagliari Archaeological Museum and depicted in red tones on the bottle label, is a concentration of the generating force of nature, a symbol of the fertile womb of the earth, which gives life, vines and wine.