Situated in the south west of Sardinia in an area known as Sulcis Meridionale, the award-winning Agricola Punica cellar is a joint venture between Sebastiano Rosa celebrated oenologist and winemaker at Sassicaia, Santadi President Antonello Pilloni, legendary Tuscan wine consultant Giacomo Tachis ( who is also renowned for his work at Sassicaia) , Sardinian winery Cantina di Santadi and the famous Tenuta San Guido Estate responsible for Sassicaia and owned by Sebastiano's stepfather Marchese Nicolo Incisa Della Rocchetta.
From the first time Tachis visited the island, he was convinced of Sardinia's outstanding winemaking potential. In the mid 1980s, he began to consult for the Sardinian regional wine consortium and eventually, more specifically, for Cantina Sociale di Santadi. It was during this time he first began thinking about a joint venture. Dr. Rosa recounts, "It was Giacomo Tachis who turned us on to Sardinia and Carignano. He convinced us that we could make a great Carignano-based wine. We bought the estate in 2002 because we knew what the region is capable of. In fact, we've released our first vintage and we all agree, it's going to be an amazing wine.
Punica represents two sitesBarrua and Narcao. The vineyards are planted to Carignano (a combination of old, bush-trained vines and new vines), Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah (the last of which was initially worked with on an experimental basis). Punica is committed to crafting Carignano-based wines, the first of which was Barrua, a blend of Carignano, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot (2002 vintage debut). Montessu, blend of Carignano, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Syrah premiered in the 2005 vintage.