Sardinia

Description

Description

Although Sardinia and Sicily are both indisputably exotic, Sardinia is probably Italy's most unique region. Its various ethnic influences, particularly Iberian, make it as original as its wines. The Sardinian island, the second largest in the Mediterranean, distinguishes itself with wild and picturesque landscapes and its own special grape varieties, most of which come from Spain. In Sardinia, winemaking was historically handled by cooperatives, that is until the 1980s when production was restructured to focus on local signature labels. Like a self-contained mini-continent, the region’s many distinct production zones yield incredibly diverse wines, from structured and rich reds to bright and aromatic whites. Its most common grapes include Cannonau (the local version of Grenache), Carignano and Monica for reds, and Vermentino and Nuragus for whites. Vines grow mainly in the southern part of the island, between Cagliari and Oristano, and in the arid hills of Gallura at the northern tip of the island. Several of Sardinia’s 20 DOCs and DOCGs (16 IGTs) extend far inland and some of them even overlap. Vermentino di Gallura and Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva are the most popular, although Carignano del Sulcis has garnered increasing attention lately. Sardinia is also historically famous for its sweet wines, whose overtones recall fortified Spanish wines, like sherry.

What to do?

With its turquoise waters, white sandy beaches and intimate coves, Sardinia is a hit with tourists. Its entire coastline has many beautiful places to swim, including the magnificent La Maddalena national park and Costa Smeralda, whose luxurious resorts are particularly enjoyed by the jet set. Sardinia’s abundant mountains make it ideal for hiking, as do its picture-perfect vistas with striking olive groves, limestone cliffs, cork oak forests, and caves, like those at Santadi and del Bue Marino. 

Wines

Flagship Wine Grapes

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cannonau
  • Carignano
  • Malvasia bianca
  • Monica
  • Moscato
  • Vermentino

Flagship Wine Appellations

  • Cagliari DOC
  • Carignano del Sulcis DOC
  • Vermentino di Gallura DOCG
  • Vermentino di Sardegna DOC
  • Vernaccia di Oristano DOC

Vitivinicoles activities in the region

Wine and food pairing

Wine Tasting

Discovery ride

Although Sardinia and Sicily are both indisputably exotic, Sardinia is probably Italy's most unique region. Its various ethnic influences, particularly Iberian, make it as original as its wines. The Sardinian island, the second largest in the Mediterranean, distinguishes itself with wild and picturesque landscapes and its own special grape varieties, most of which come from Spain. In Sardinia, winemaking was historically handled by cooperatives, that is until the 1980s when production was restructured to focus on local signature labels. Like a self-contained mini-continent, the region’s many distinct production zones yield incredibly diverse wines, from structured and rich reds to bright and aromatic whites. Its most common grapes include Cannonau (the local version of Grenache), Carignano and Monica for reds, and Vermentino and Nuragus for whites. Vines grow mainly in the southern part of the island, between Cagliari and Oristano, and in the arid hills of Gallura at the northern tip of the island. Several of Sardinia’s 20 DOCs and DOCGs (16 IGTs) extend far inland and some of them even overlap. Vermentino di Gallura and Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva are the most popular, although Carignano del Sulcis has garnered increasing attention lately. Sardinia is also historically famous for its sweet wines, whose overtones recall fortified Spanish wines, like sherry.

What to do?

With its turquoise waters, white sandy beaches and intimate coves, Sardinia is a hit with tourists. Its entire coastline has many beautiful places to swim, including the magnificent La Maddalena national park and Costa Smeralda, whose luxurious resorts are particularly enjoyed by the jet set. Sardinia’s abundant mountains make it ideal for hiking, as do its picture-perfect vistas with striking olive groves, limestone cliffs, cork oak forests, and caves, like those at Santadi and del Bue Marino. 

Flagship Wine Grapes

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cannonau
  • Carignano
  • Malvasia bianca
  • Monica
  • Moscato
  • Vermentino

Flagship Wine Appellations

  • Cagliari DOC
  • Carignano del Sulcis DOC
  • Vermentino di Gallura DOCG
  • Vermentino di Sardegna DOC
  • Vernaccia di Oristano DOC

Vitivinicoles activities in the region

Wine and food pairing

Wine Tasting

Discovery ride

Vineyards