ROMANGIA

If you ask Tonino explanations and indications on Romangia he’ll tell you that it is the land that overlooks the Gulf of Asinara and can be defined by Porto Torres(west) , Anglona ( east ) and the zone of Sassari ( south-southwest). He will suggest having a swim along the sandy coast that links Platamona to Punta Tramontana, that passes through Marina di Sorso and Marritza.

The area, mostly hilly, includes the territory of the municipalities of Sorso, Sennori and Osilo.

The territory of Romangia of Sorso is intertwined tightly with the folk traditions, rich with simple human values, in which the guest is always welcomed by a a hard-working people, jealous of their historical, cultural and linguistic culture proudly preserved and handed down, known and appreciated even beyond Sardinia’s borders.

The territory of Romangia of Sorso has been known forever as a land of good wine. For decades it has been and still is the Sardinian town of reference not only for the buying of excellent wines but also of the esteemed grapes that have contributed to the birth not only of the best Sardinian wine but also of other wines. The cultivation of the vines here has ancient origins, as the name “ Romangia” implies, its roots Roman as seen by various writings and also confirmed by archeological studies, one site in “Geridu” , in the municipality of Sorso, with artifacts and the finding of carbonized grape seeds, tools for pruning and for the grape harvest, ceramic mugs used to drink wine and wine vases.

The fact of being a geographical location particularly favorable, its position protecting it from the hot southerly winds and a climate mitigated by sea breezes contribute to having an immense respect for life and the pursuing of the right biological equilibrium in the soil which ranges from sandy-clayey to calcareous to calcareous-clayey.

Geographically Sorso is in the northwest part of Sardinia, 10 km from Sassari, sitting on

soft hills in a vast valley overlooking the sea. A land that has historically its economic and cultural roots embedded in farming has slowly been losing its identity in favor of other activities that have developed in nearby Port Torres and its chemical pole which developed in the sixties.

Fortunately not everyone has chosen this path and today because of the industrial crisis there are many who are returning to the land, with new knowledge and techniques. Sorso and its territory are strong in their traditions and the agricultural culture of wine but also olive oil has had its importance as an excelent Sardinian product of high quality. An important statement to the viticulture tradition is the well known Moscato di Sorso- Sennori, a d.o.c. that goes back to the seventies and has crossed the national borders and is known and appreciated in many parts of Europe and the world.

Anton Claude Pasquin, also called Valey, the French king’s librarian, in 1834 while visiting Sardinia, described Sorso as a rich and hard-working city, situated on soft hills, in a vast valley overlooking the sea. He had it seems a favorable impression especially of its people, expert farmers who with dedication cultivated the vineyards.

“The astonishing force of wine penetrates man and spreads and distributes its fervor in his veins.”

Tito Lucrezio Caro (98/96 b.c.- 55/53 b.c.