Over a century has passed since two adventurous Piedmonts men started to drain the land that is now occupied by over 541 hectares of Sella & Mosca vineyards. This very promising area with its enchanting landscape was the setting for the fortunate encounter of these two adventurous men, who were fascinated by the virgin terrain: the engineer Sella, nephew of the famous statesman Quintino Sella, and the lawyer Mosca. These are the origins of Sella & Mosca, which at the turn of the twentieth century transformed pastureland into fertile vineyards, commencing the most prestigious wine production in Sardinia. Today visitors to the charming estate relive this pioneering atmosphere in a continuous kaleidoscope of fragrances, perfumes and aromas that express the character of the powerful, sunny land and greatly contribute to the unmistakable personality of its wines. Respect for the place and the culture of wine, and closeness to the land and its traditions are the rules handed down by the founders, which have always inspired all Sella & Mosca’s work and determined its success.
The founders of Sella & Mosca were keen amateur Egyptologists and great travelers. Their logo depicts a wine-pressing scene inspired by the Ancient Egyptian Kingdom. It is believed to be a stylized reproduction of a scene shown on a low relief in the mastaba of Mereruka, Vizier of King Teti, at Saqqara. The relief depicts five men using long poles to press the grapes contained in a sack, so that the juice filters through the fabric and falls into the jar below.
Built in 1903, the winery has lost nothing of its old charm. Today it houses the cellar for the ageing of the finest reds, in traditional barrels made from prized Slovenian oak and in small casks of Allier, Nevers and Tronçais oak. Next to the old cellar is the building named after the Marquis of Villamarina, Don Francesco Pes, who received the title in1774 from the King of Sardinia. The building on the Sella & Mosca estate is still home to several historical exhibits, uniforms and costumes from that time. The historic cellars are flanked by a modern winemaking complex in an unspoiled natural setting. Here tradition and innovation meet and complete each other in perfect harmony.
(Source: Sella Mosca Italy)
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