To the present day, despite the important technological advances in the wine growing and making processes, things in Sant' Antioco have remain unchanged. Against a background of Mediterranean shrub-land, myrtle, juniper and mastic bushes, there are roughly 100 hectares of "own rooted" grape vines. These are vines that have an average life-span of 60-70 years, but that in exceptional circumstances can reach the age of 150 years, providing a unique heritage. On the north and east part of the island where the vines are cultivated on sandy ground, the vineyards are sometimes no more than 150 metres from the sea. Grape harvesting starts from the third week of September onwards, and the grapes, strictly hand gathered, are brought by every member to the Sardus Pater's cellars.