All Sardinian wines are of great quality determined by the excellent characteristics of the grapes, the territory rich of diversified minerals and the exposure of our region to the sun for a great part of the year.
The following are some of the most important and renowned Sardinian wines.
Cannonau of Sardinia is a wine with an intense red color which, with ageing, takes on orange shades; the scent is characteristic, the flavor intense and full.
The origin of the Cannonau goes back to the dawn of time. Many scholars agree in dating back the origin of the Cannonau to the nuragic era; others believe, instead, that it was imported by Spanish (the original name would have been Canonanzo of Seville).
Sardegna Semidano is a white wine with a fruity scent and a round and fresh flavor.
Moscato is divided into three different kinds, according to the areas of production:
- Moscato of Cagliari,
- Moscato of Sorso-Sennori,
- Moscato of Sardinia.
Benedictine monks , during the Byzantine period, brought this vine variety to Sardinia where now the white variety is cultivated.
Monica of Cagliari is a red wine and has two varieties: Natural Sweet and Liqueur Natural Sweet
Monica of Sardinia is a dry or lightly amiable with a characteristic flavor which distinguishes it. Spanish imported it during the eighteenth century with the name of “Morillo”, later named “Mora” until the Italian “Monica”
Vermentino of Sardegna, with a bright color, has a delicate and pleasant scent, a fresh and lightly acidulous flavor. It really is the king of white Sardinian wines, multi-awarded on national and international field.
It is also produced in the Spumante variety (sparkling wine).
The origin of Vermentino can be traced back to Corsica from where it was likely imported in early nineteenth century.
In the provinces of Cagliari and Oristano, beside Monica and Moscato, we recommend other 4 wines:
- the red Girò of Cagliari,
- Malvasia of Cagliari,
- Nasco of Cagliari and…
- Nuragus of Cagliari.
The latter is produced by an old and fertile Sardinian vine, introduced by the ancient Phoenician seafarers and used to decorate the nuraghe.
Girò of Cagliari is of Spanish origin but of great diffusion at the time of the Savoy dominion. The color is light ruby and bright, the scent is delicate with a smell of fresh grapes, the flavor is delicate and velvety.
Malvasia is a white wine that arrived in Sardinia thanks to Benedictine monks who imported it at the time of the Byzantine dominion, from the city of Monembasia which is in Greece, in the region of Morea.
It is believed that the Nasco is a native vine, even if we have certain testimony of its existence in the historical period characterized by the presence of Genoese and people from Pisa on the island.
It is important to remember the rich vineyards in the province of Sassari which produce the numerous wine DOC of Alghero and Mandrolisai from the province of Nuoro (certainly a local vine which produces a wine with an intense and characteristic scent).
Equally worth of mention are Vernaccia of Oristano, with a golden amber color and a delicate scent, and Carignano del Sulcis (whose origin goes back to the Phoenician- Punic dominion) , which comprehends the varieties Red, Reserve, Superior, Rose and New.