Emanuele Ragnedda - Hawaii Food & Wine Festival


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Emanuele Ragnedda

Capichera - Sardina, italy

Capichera, located on the northern edge of the island of Sardinia, produces wines that have come to define the region. Working exclusively with the native varieties of Vermentino and Carignano, this small, 50 hectare estate crafts expressions that are true to the region’s long and storied past.

Since bottling its first wine in 1980, Capichera has gone on to earn scores of accolades from the press with Robert Parker proclaiming that Capichera produces “the best Italian white wine made from native grape varieties and the best Vermentino in the world.” This enthusiasm is echoed with Italian wine critic Luigi Veronelli calling Caprichera’s Vermentino “a Mediterranean Montrachet.”

Central to Capichera’s success is Ragnedda family’s commitment to an non-interventionist approach. Espousing the belief that wine is made in the vineyard and not the cellar, Emanuele Ragnedda works tirelessly to promote Capichera’s wines, which offer true varietal character, as well as a sense of place.

As a result, Capichera is also accredited with the winemaking renaissance and revolution that has taken place in Sardinia. Capichera’s ideas, projects and results have had – and still have – considerable influence on Sardinian winemaking. Capichera avoids trends and market fluctuations, remaining committed to the idea that the promotion of native grape varieties like Vermentino and Carignano is the way to make prestigious wines that are unique in the world.