The Consortium for the Protection of Alghero Wines was founded in 2007 to promote and protect the “Alghero” DOC, whose status was approved in 1995.
Yet the history of the Consortium has much more distant roots: in the Nurra Algherese – the area of northwestern Sardinia covered by the DOC regulations – vine cultivation has a history going back thousands of years and, over the years, has given rise to wines with a strong character and particular value.
Recent research has shown that wine was being made here more than 3,000 years ago. Over the centuries, different peoples arrived on the island, not only helping to broaden the variety of grape varieties in the area, but also, and above all, introducing new cultivation practices and techniques for producing and storing wine.
The know-how handed down through the generations, combined with the unique characteristics of the area and the cultivation of rare indigenous grape varieties such as Torbato or Cagnulari, has led to the founding of numerous wineries, enabling the wines produced in the Alghero and Sassarese area to be promoted and marketed in Italy and abroad. More recently, this prompted the request for the recognition of the “Alghero” Controlled Designation of Origin (DOC) , whose regulations were approved by the Italian Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies (MIPAAF) in 1995 and subsequently supplemented to produce the current version.
The Consortium was created to protect this appellation and currently brings together almost all the companies that use the “Alghero” appellation, which are based not only in the Catalan-influenced town of Alghero itself but also in the municipalities of Ittiri, Olmedo, Ossi, Tissi, Usini, Uri and part of the municipality of Sassari.