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Situated in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Sardinia is Italy’s second largest island. Mainly a mountainous region, the terroir is a unique mix of unspoiled wilderness, oak and cork tree forests and a thorny scrubland of herbs and cacti known as the macchia mediterranea. In stark contrast to the rugged interior, the island has over 1,200 miles of jagged coastline, which is home to some of the most pristine beaches of the Mediterranean. One of these spectacular coastal settings is Costa Smeralda or the Emerald Coast, which is located in the northeast corner of the island.  The area is part of one of the largest and most important wine zones in Sardegna - Gallura.  The first and only Sardinian DOCG, Gallura means “stony area” which aptly describes the granite-based soils that make up the terroir of one of Italy’s most important wines: Vermentino di Gallura 

The Demuro family are native Sardinians and have practiced viticulture for generations. Growing up, Tino Demuro worked in the family vineyards with his 11 siblings, primarily making wine for their own consumption. Twenty years later, while running his successful construction business, he began researching the symbiotic relationship between construction and nature. He believed a wine estate could be a place of work that was capable of creating a product of the earth through visible processes that ensure quality. In 2001 he decided to invest in the land’s potential with the purchase of vineyards in the municipality of Arzachena. 

Vigne Surrau takes its name from the Surrau Valley, located between the communes of Arzachena and Palau in the heart of the Gallura appellation in northern Sardegna. Tucked among the rugged hills with an impressive view of the Limbara granite massif, the winery is short fifteen-minute drive to the Costa Smeralda and the crystalline waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The location provides a perfect growing area for both white and red wines of extraordinary character and elegance. 

After the initial vineyard purchase, Tino hired famed consulting oenologist Beppe Caviola and they assembled a young team, consisting of agronomist Fabio Isoni and oenologist Mario Siddi with the pursuit of elevating Vigne Surrau to its full potential. The winery’s philosophy moves between traditional and innovative; tradition in the selection of the varieties grown and innovation in winemaking, which is carried out with the most advanced equipment and oenological expertise.

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WINERY LOCATION: Arzachena, Sardegna
WINE REGIONS: Vermentino di Gallura DOCG, Cannonau di Sardegna DOC, Isola dei Nuraghi IGT
VINEYARD LAND: 60 hectares
FARMING PRACTICES: Sustainable - Lotta Integrata
GRAPE VARIETIES: Vermentino, Cannonau, Carignano, Bovale, Caricagiola, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon
WINE STYLES: Dry white, Dry red, Dry rosato, Sparkling
TOTAL WINE PRODUCTION: 420,000 bottles
YEAR FOUNDED: 2001
OWNER(S): Famiglia Demuro
WINEMAKER(S): Mariolino Siddi

WINES

SURRAU "LIMIZZANI" VERMENTINO DI GALLURA DOCG

Gallura, a land of granite rocks and mistral winds on the northern end of the island of Sardinia, is home to some of the finest Vermentino made.  Limizzani is the name of a mystical site from the ancient Mediterranean civilizations that inhabited the region thousands of years ago.  From grapes sourced across all the estate vineyards, Limizzani is a fresh and pure Vermentino that embodies the essence of Gallura.  

SURRAU "BRANU" VERMENTINO DI GALLURA DOCG

Branu comes from the Spanish word Verano that was incorporated into the Sardinian language to mean Spring. As the meaning suggests, Branu is a wine with freshness at its core. Fermentation, vinification and maturation take place in stainless-steel tanks and the wine is bottled at the beginning of the next year. Fresh and crisp, the palate is a mix of citrus, white pepper, green apple and floral notes with salty mineral undertones and just a bitter hint of almond. It is one of the most successful wines made at Surrau and now a benchmark for the Vermentino di Gallura category.  

SURRAU "SCIALA" VERMENTINO DI GALLURA DOCG SUPERIORE

Sciala is a term of Arabic origin that refers to an abundant harvest and generous fruit production.  Grapes for the Sciala Vermentino di Gallura Superiore come from a careful selection made in the finest vineyards to represent the very best of the vintage. The selection changes every vintage in order to obtain the best result.  After a brief contact with the skins and must, controlled temperature fermentation takes place in stainless-steel tanks where the wine continues to evolve for a few months in contact with its lees. Sciala is the most awarded wine from the Surrau estate in terms of national and international recognition.  

SURRAU "NARACU" CANNONAU DI SARDEGNA DOC

Once fortresses built by ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean, Naracu (or Nuraghe) can still be found across the island of Sardegna.  Cannonau, the island’s primary red grape, creates wines with red berry fruit and herbaceous, savory notes.  Cannonau and Nuraghe are still found all over the island in different versions.  The Surrau Naracu Cannonau is an open and fresh wine with more typical Mediterranean fruit and mineral expressions of the granitic soil of Gallura.

SURRAU "SURRAU" ROSSO ISOLA DEI NURAGHI IGT

Surrau Rosso is the first wine ever produced at Vigne Surrau from the first vineyards planted in the Surrau Valley close to the "stazzo Surrau" where the Demuro family lived 60 years ago. It was here that the Demuro brothers planted all indigenous red Sardinian varietals: Cannonau, Muristellu (Bovale Sardo), Carricagjiola and Carignano with the dream of making an important red wine unique to Gallura.

SURRAU "SINCARU" CANNONAU DI SARDEGNA DOC

Sincaru is a word in the Sardinian dialect that means "to be wise and direct." In the case of Surrau, Sincaru is the wise and direct representation of Cannonau from Gallura. The production techniques have been adapted to the region with the use of untoasted large casks to protect the fruit.  While Cannonau from other parts of the island can have big body and plenty of structure, this interpretation from Gallura is more refined and restrained, demonstrating elegance and finesse.  

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91
AUGUST 2021
Surrau "Sciala" Vermentino di Gallura DOCG Superiore 2019

Its color is pale yellow, and aromas are of white peach with notes of honeysuckle.  Flavors of Rainier cherries and juicy peaches with a touch of sea salt feel smooth and creamy in the mouth brightened by zesty acidity.  The finish has a subtle touch of bitterness, which makes this wine a great companion for baked halibut or a Niçoise salad.  The grapes are the best of the best from the winery’s vineyards.   In the winery the wine sees a bit of skin contact and is fermented and aged in stainless steel in contact with fine lees.  The addition of “Superiore” to Vermentino di Gallura DOCG indicates that the maximum yield per hectare is one ton lower and residual sugar can be one gram per liter more.  The goal is more concentration and richness.          

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AUGUST 2021
Surrau "Limizzani" Vermentino di Gallura DOCG 2020

Fragrant and savory, this lovely white hits all the right buttons. It opens with heady aromas of elderflower, peach and Mediterranean scrub while the dry, refreshing palate doles out apricot, Meyer lemon, tang and saline. Crisp acidity gives it a bright, clean finish.

89
MARCH 2021
Surrau "Branu" Vermentino di Gallura DOCG 2019

The 2019 Vermentino di Gallura Branu wafts up with masses of crushed stone and mineral notes complemented by a spritz of lime and green apple. It’s silky and round in feel, well-balanced by salty acids and ripe orchard fruits. While incredibly fresh, the Branu is also persistent, resonating on inner florals and hints of savory spice.

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FEBRUARY 2020
Surrau "Sciala" Vermentino di Gallura DOCG Superiore 2018

Deep straw color. Wet stone and flint complement aromas of apple and pear; this is more mineral than Surrau’s Branu Vermentino. Then very long and deep with a concentrated, rich and tactile mouthfeel that lasts on the long back end.

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AUGUST 2021
Surrau "Naracu" Cannonau di Sardegna DOC 2019

Cannonau is the Sardinian name for Grenache or Garnacha.  Cannonau di Sargegna means what it says; the grapes can come from anywhere in Sardinia.  The grapes for this one come from the Demuro family’s 20-year-old vines.  The emphasis is on the fruit with fermentation in and aging in stainless steel.  After six months aging, the wine is bottled and aged an additional three months.  It is a fresh, juicy medium-bodied wine with savory, blackberry, strawberry flavors, with notes of dried woody herbs.  Tannins are ripe and integrated for a long, smooth finish.  Chill it a bit, especially on a warm summer day and savor it with a grilled pork tenderloin.      

90
MARCH 2021
Surrau "Sincaru" Cannonau di Sardegna DOC 2018

The 2018 Cannonau di Sardegna Sincaru wafts up with a smoky display of blackberries, crushed stone and dried roses. Its textures are silky, casting wild berry fruits across a core of zesty acids, as salty minerals come forward toward the close. While a bit tart through the finale, energy remains high, leaving a juicy and wonderfully fresh impression.

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AUGUST 2021
Surrau "Branu" Vermentino di Gallura DOCG 2020

EDITORS' CHOICE 

This savory, enticing white will transport you to the seaside thanks to aromas that recall Mediterranean brush, white spring wildflowers, a sea breeze and a warm, sandy beach. On the delicious palate, tangy acidity accompanies ripe white peach, lemon drop candy and saline.

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AUGUST 2021
Surrau "Limizzani" Vermentino di Gallura DOCG 2020

The Vermentino grape is an Italian native.  It is a very important grape on the Italian island of Sardinia, because it is the grape variety of the only DOCG on the island.  Northeastern Gallura is evidently ground zero.  Vigne Surrau was created in the Surrau Valley by the Demuro family in 2001.  They farm 60 hectares (148 acres) of vines.  The grapes for this wine come from all their vineyards.  The wine was fermented and aged in stainless steel.  It is a bright, crisp and charming wine with lively citrus, peach, melon fruit mingling with floral saline notes.  It is great as an aperitif or with a summer salad.