“Wine Life is our family, our life, our vines and our wines. Wine Life is our tradition, our history our land and the wine terroir. Wine Life is you and all the moments that you share with one of our wines with the people you love. A moment of Life, Wine Life. Pala.” ~ Pala Wine Life
Four generations of the Pala Family have triumphantly chartered Pala Wines into a successful modern-day winery. The significance of tradition and innovation runs deep in the family. Pala stands as an iconic winery in Sardinia, with a magnificent array of indigenous grape varieties that capture the essence of Sardinia.
Sardinia is the Mediterranean’s second-largest island, after Sicily. It is an island that has rich biodiversity – the locals say it is a “continent of itself”. Due to its remote location, Sardinia feels like its own continent with its unique traditions, customs, microclimates, snow-capped mountains, and miles of untamed coastlines. An island that is especially known for its indigenous local grape varieties. Sardinia’s prized grapes are Cannonau and Vermentino, along with many indigenous grapes that have been revived like Monica, Nuragus and Bovale.
Pala Wines – Family History
Battistino Pala began winemaking in Sardinia in the early 1900s. Later it was his son Salvatore who founded Pala Winery in 1950, in the village of Serdiana. This part of the island has mild winters and dry summers, which provide for the ideal microclimate to grow grapes. In the ’80s and ’90s, Mario(Salvatore’s son) began to revive vineyards, and designate plots for specific local indigenous grape varieties, like Nuragus and Monica. He planted Vermentino and Bovale as well as Cannonau.
Mario transitioned the winery’s focus from growing large quantities to highlighting exceptional quality with organic farming. Pala Wines slowly started to gain worldwide recognition from critics as well as wine lovers. Today Pala remains a family-owned winery with Mario and Rita Pala running the estate, along with their children.
Pala’s Vineyard Sites
Sardinia is one of the most exciting wine regions of Italy, with its high-quality indigenous varieties, family-owned wineries and prominent cooperatives. The grapes are not just indigenous to Italy but many are local to Sardinia. Sardinian wines have grown exponentially over the last twenty years with a focus on quality. Pala wines have been leading the helm in Sardinia with a focus on quality versus quantity.
Pala is located on the remote island of Sardina in the small village of Serdiana in the southeastern part of the Campidano plain, 20 kilometers from Cagliari. It is known for its olive groves and vineyards, an area that is ideal for winegrowing. Its viticulture is the highest quality in Sardinia. It is an area rich in biodiversity with green landscapes, rolling hills, olive trees, vineyards, salt lakes, and birds – most notably pink flamingos.
Pala has 100 hectares of vineyards scattered throughout, offering them access to prestigious and varied terroirs of the islands. Their grapes come from seven unique vineyards sites. Their vineyards offer diverse soil types, elevation, aspect, slopes, and varied vine age. Some of the vineyards face the sea and some are more inland. Each vineyard site is carefully selected with varieties that are chosen specifically to the microclimate and soil type of the individual site.
Pala Wines – Tasting Notes
Pala Wines have risen to stardom with a magnificent variety of indigenous wines, ranging from their award-winning Cannanau to Vermentino and unique varieties like Bovale and Monica. Pala Wines have won the hearts of critics and wine lovers around the world. Their wines have garnered top praises from Gambero Rosso, Wine Advocate, and Wine Enthusiast to name just a few.
Pala i Fiori Vermentino 2019
There are enticing aromas of fragrant spring flowers and spice on this Vermentino. Medium-bodied on the palate there are notes of crisp green apples and citrus with bright acidity. There is a slight hint of salinity on the finish. This refreshing Vermentino will pair wonderfully with seafood, salads, and soups. The Pala i Fiori Vermentino is a precise wine where the terroir clearly expresses itself.
Pala i Fiori Nuragus 2018
This fabulously delicious wine is from a local variety that is indigenous to Sardinia. Made from 100% Nuragus that is grown on the hillside with limestone clay soils. This wine has a pale yellow hue in the glass with fragrant aromas of wildflowers and stone fruit. The palate is juicy and fresh with notes of peach and clementines. Crisp on the palate with brightness and persistence.
Nuragus is also Sardinia’s oldest grape, as ancient as it is productive and sadly neglected in recent years. At Pala, they believe in the variety as it is part of their history, noting that Nuragus has much to offer.
This may quite possibly be the best Vermentino I have ever tasted. The wine is made with 100% Vermentino grapes with vines that are 50+ years old that are grown on limestone-rich soils. There is a lovely straw yellow color that exudes from the glass with lively floral and herbal notes. There is juicy acidity and distinct minerality that coats the palate. It is everything you want a Vermentino to be; balanced, crisp, bright, and complex. A wine that will pair perfectly with seafood.
Stellato means “starred” – like the sky, but also like those restaurants that respect tradition while daring and innovating, to earn their stars.
Pala Essentija Bovale 2015
The Essentija is made entirely from Bovale grapes, with vines ranging in age from 40-120 years. A deep, dark ruby colors coat the glass with exotic notes of fruit, plum and blackberries on the nose. This exceptional and unique grape variety is full-bodied with distinct earthiness on the palate. There are notes of black cherries, vanilla and cocoa that finish with firm tannins. A wine that captures the essence of the soils and the history of the island.
Pala i Fiori Cannonau 2018
This i Fiori is 100% Cannonau, one of the main grapes of Sardinia. The vines are cultivated on traditional bush vines on hillsides at 180 meters above sea level. A bright ruby red hue with fruit and spice aromas leap out of the glass. A softness coats the palate with nice structure and complexity. This wine will pair delectably with flavorful plates of pasta, aged cheeses and red meats.
Pala Cannonau Riserva 2016
The Cannonau Riserva captures the essence of Sardinia. It is a wine with personality and substance. The vines for these grapes are from Is Crabilis, one of the most prized vineyards in Sardinia, which is full of limestone and sand and is perched in the hills at 180 meters above sea level. The wine is a dark garnet color and the nose exudes intense notes of black cherries and spice. This Riserva is complex with nice intensity and persistence on the palate. It finishes with smooth tannins. It pairs well with grilled meats and spicy pasta dishes.