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Tenute Olbios

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Nina Snow of DOCG Imports in the wine vineyard
Sardegna wine region highlighted in pink on a map of Italy
Sardegna wine region highlighted in pink on a map of Italy

Picture Perfect Conditions for Sardegna’s Only DOCG Varietal, Vermentino di Gallura

I have searched all over Italy looking for uniquely delicious wines, so it’s nice when I find great wine in my own “backyard”. My summer home in Sardegna (Sardinia) is not far from Tenute Olbios, which was established in 2003 by Daniela Pinna and her husband David Mele. The vineyards were planted over 45 years ago by Daniela's grandfather, then entirely converted to the production of the Vermentino di Gallura by Daniela’s father, Luigi. The production was originally limited to farming and the grapes were sold to big wineries, as was the case with the majority of grape producers in Sardegna.

Daniela was awarded the 2017 Cangrande “Angelo Betti Prize,” a very prestigious award in and of itself, but this is also the first time a female Sardegnan winemaker was recognized.

When I met Daniela I immediately realized she is the type of person I enjoy working with. She is tenacious, hard working and always seeking new ideas to ensure her business and products are the finest she can offer.

Using organic sustainable farming practices the winery has found a way to harness their unique location and the power of Vermentino grapes to create wines that have to be tasted, to be fully appreciated.


Growing the only DOCG varietal in Sardegna – Vermentino di Gallura DOCG

Tenute Olbios is located in Gallura on the northeast side of Sardegna. The territory is particularly favorable to the production of the Vermentino white grape variety and has acquired the only DOCG of Sardegna: Vermentino di Gallura DOCG.
This is the only grape denomination in the world where Vermentino is the main grape variety. The territory’s characteristic soil, which is rich in granite, provides Vermentino di Gallura wines with natural and prominent minerals, acidity and salinity. The microclimate of the area, the close proximity to the sea and the constant salty sea breeze, lends itself to the creation of robust, flavorful wines.
In addition to its unique location and distinctive grape varieties, Tenute Olbios is always looking for new ways to innovate by combining new techniques and hand-crafted care.

Innovating new techniques with hand-crafted care

Daniela’s research brought a remarkable technical innovation to the bottle-closure system. They were one of the first wineries in the world to introduce the “crystal stopper,” which preserves the wine at its best and considerably reduces sulfites.
The vineyard uses an integrated farming system, which means there is very limited intervention of the plants and the growing team uses only products that are allowed by organic farming guidelines:
  • Herbicides are not used in the fields
  • The soil is only worked with very gentle plowing
  • The plants are not irrigated, which forces them to grow and develop longer roots to find water (longer roots absorb more minerals from the soil)
  • Harvesting and pruning are done by hand
  • All the winemaking processes are done on the estate and only use grapes from the vineyard
  • No animal products are used at any stage of the production
  • Tenute Olbios wines are 100% vegan
We are very pleased to bring you several Tenute Olbios offerings with styles to fit every taste. One sip and you will swear you’re vacationing in Italy.
Contact Marina to bring these Sardegna’s only DOCG varietal to your restaurant or shop our wine store to bring them to your home table.


 All of Tenute Olbios’ wines vegan-certified.


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DOCG Imports association badges: Federazione Italiana Sommelier (Albergatori Ristoratori) & Conegliano Valdobbiadene - DOCG (Prosecco Superiore Dal 1876)