Atzara, Art and wine
The original village dates back to 1000s. The old town centre is divided into the ancient quarters of Su Fruscu, Lodine, Montiga e josso, Montiga e Susu, Sa Cora Manna, Su Cuccuru de Santu Giorgi e Tzùri, with old houses and buildings made of granite. The village probably derive its name from a climbing plant called atzara, but according to others, it would derive from the phoenician root atzar, which means “safe place”.
Chiesa parrocchiale di Sant’Antioco – The most important building of Atzara, the parish church of Sant’Antioco is characterized by the pisan aragonese style and the Gothic interior.
Church of San Giorgio – A rectangular plant church with a single nave, a stone facade and a bell gable, it was consecrated in 1386.
Feudal Palace of counts of San Martino – Called “de Su Conte”, it is a noble palace of the Aragon period. Also the parish house near it belongs to this period.
Wine Museum – It shows the tools and the tecniques used for the production of wine, but it also organises enogastronomic Festivals.
Antonio Ortiz Echagüe Museum – It hosts one hundred works which can be traced back to the spanish school of costumbrismo.
Magasinos – Into this private cellars, between barrels and ceilings with beams, the citizens of the village host visitors with a bottle of wine.
Wine – It is still the main element of the economy of Atzara. We remember the Mandrolisai, a Doc wine with a ruby red color.
Sa tumballa – It is a first course of pasta in the oven in which they join pipe rigate, cheese, eggs, bread crumbs and the su ghisau, a sauce with pork and saffron.
S’ortau – A second dish composed of pork sausage with spleen, lungs and heart, dried tomato and parsley.
Sa pudda prena – A dish consisting of chicken, eggs and pesto of liver, dried tomatoes, bacon, parsley and saffron.
Is bucconettes – A sweet based on almonds
Sa tumballa and milk – A sweet based on coffee and rum
Le vie dei vigneti – A naturalistic path that guide visitors into the discovering of vineyards, woods and cultivated fields.
Wine Festival – It celebrates the excellent wine Mandrolisai and takes place on the second Sunday of May.