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Sardinia (Sardegna) is a vast island off the west coast of Italy in the Mediterranean. Its open position has made it prone to invasion and subsequent settlement by many cultures through the centuries, with multicultural influences on its grapes and vineyard practices as a result. The first known inhabitants were an ancient tribe called the Nuraghi, who lived there some time around 1500 BC and built conical stone structures throughout the island, some 700 of which still exist. The Nuraghi were known to trade with the Phoenicians, but this alignment brought about an invasion from the Carthaginians who were fighting with Greece at the time. The Romans were next, then the Spanish, Visigoths, Byzantines, back to Spain, Austrians, French (Savoy), then finally in the 1800s it came into Italian hands and stayed there. 
 
Despite its proximity to mainland Italy, perhaps due to settlement from so many outside cultures over the years, almost none of the more common Italian grapes such as Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Sardinia View all

  • Vermentino

    History of the grape: Little concrete history is known about Vermentino except that it has recently been identified a...

  • Aglianico

    History of the grape: There is documented proof of the existence of Aglianico in Basilicata, Italy as far back as the...

  • Péloursin

  • Carignan

    History of the grape: The grape has been traced as far back as the 3rd century in the Aragon province in Spain. The A...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

Subregions of Sardinia

Popular Wineries in Sardinia View all

  • Cantina di Santadi

    The Cantina di Santadi Winery is located in the Sulcis area, in South-western Sardinia, just a fe...

  • Sella

    Sella makes wines from Lessona and Bramaterra. The soil in Bramaterra includes sand of volcanic o...

  • Argiolas

    Argiolas history begins in the early 1900s with the Founder Antonio Argiolas. Now the third ge...

  • Alberto Loi

    The Alberto Loi Estate was established by the end of the forties and the beginning of the fiftie...

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Sardinia on Snooth

  • That is something completely different.  In fact, I'd love to visit both Sardinia and Corsica, but time may run out before that happens (but, in the age-old way of expressing uncertainty: "we'll see.").  I have had Cannonau from Sicily, of course, where it is a staple red grape variety (Grenache, they say, and the flavour seems consistent with t... Read More

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  • Surrau Branu Vermentino di Gallura DOCG 2016

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Nuragus di Cagliari Antonella Corda 2016

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Rocca Rubia Riserva 2012

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    Very dull almost prune color in the glass. Slight chemical note on the nose. Very little fruit on introductionmaybe the slightest suggestion of raisin but without any sugar. Lots of earthiness. Some mushroomy fungal things. No tannin to speak of and, similarly, very little acidity. An OK wine, but lack of acid makes it a bit boring. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Cantina Santa Maria la Palma Cannonau di Sardegna le Bombarde 2014

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    Cinnamon spice and black pepper on the nose with light red fruit aromas of candied cherry and raspberry compote. Fresh and lively on the palate this is easy drinking and well balanced with more cherry fruit with strawberry and a bit of cream towards the finish, chunky tannins and a smoky, oaky finish. Very nice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Castanzu Sardegna Italy Vermintino 2015

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    vermentino is my new go to white wine, very flavorful and inviting and an ancient variety with class Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Argiolas Cannonau di Sardegna Costera Cannonau di Sardegna NV

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    Musky Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Argiolas Cannonau di Sardegna Costera Cannonau di Sardegna 1996

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    Really musky Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Thank You, EMARK! I last tried Lyeth several years ago and liked it. Another ... is a French island between Sardinia and northeastern Italy. As Corsica is part of France, but the people are racially Italian, I felt that both their cuisine and wine might be a nice fusion of French and Italian. The hard to find wine is worthy trying, just don't ... Read More

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  • Sella & Mosca Cannonau Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva 2011

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    This wine surprised me beyond my expectations at this price. It has a classic Italian lightness to it similar to a quality Valpolicella or other semi-acidic wine from the Veneto region. Yet this grape is native to Sardegna alone Read More

    Wine review by cortina74


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