Sabbia is a small-batch orange wine that has won high tasting scores from experts like James Suckling (92) and Jancis Robinson (16.5), because of its remarkable flavours. The secret of Sabbia is that it’s a white wine produced like a red wine. The grape juice remains in contact with skins and seeds during fermentation, and ages in French oak barriques. The resulting wine offers mesmerising aromas and flavours of almonds, apricots and green tea. The flavour is much closer to Sherry Amontillado, which sees oxidative ageing in solera, rather than to the traditional white Arneis, which is protected from oxygen.
Located in Vezza d’Alba in Roero, the Demarie winery is run by Algo and Paolo Demarie, third-generation winemakers. In addition to their main vineyard in Vezza d’Alba – just fifteen minutes north of Alba – the family has another in La Morra (Barolo), and one in the Barbaresco zone. All of the wine is made in a new sustainable cellar, which was built in 2013. Eco-friendly features include solar panels, a biomass boiler, and the use of recycled water throughout production. This winery boasts a number of international awards including Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge 2019 Gold Medal for Barolo 2015, and 92 points for Barolo Riserva 2012, among others.
Independent Wine is an exclusive UK importer of Demarie wines, and we’re happy to offer the Sabbia orange wine to our UK customers. The wine is available for free next day delivery to Mainland UK. We are delighted to see that Sabbia has received such high recognition in Italy, and are glad that our customers in the UK can now enjoy it too.