Sardinia, considered one of the most beautiful islands in the world because of its unspoilt beaches and crystal-clear waters, has a remarkable wine production. It is no coincidence that huge expanses of vineyards are scattered all over the place, growing luxuriantly thanks to the mild and breezy climate. Moreover, Sardinia is also rich in autochthonous vines in addition to the international ones that were planted in the 18th century by the Aragonese and therefore represent the strong point in Sardinian wine production. These are vines such as Vermentino and Cannonau, true emblems of the island. Alongside these, another very important grape variety is Vernaccia di Oristano, followed by Nuragus, Carignano, Sangiovese, Nieuddu, Malvasia and Manzoni Bianco . Despite having only one Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG), Sardinia can boast no less than 17 Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC). Among the best Sardinian wines on xtraWine you can find many that have been awarded important prizes by Bibenda, Gambero Rosso and AIS, all from important wineries such as Sella & Mosca, Quartomoro, Contini, Argiolas and Capichera. As they are fairly structured red and white wines, they are ideal for meat and game dishes, but the particularity of Sardinian red wines lies also in their ability to adapt to more delicate dishes such as soups, fish and shellfish.
Sardinian wines, born in a land rich in natural wonders, represent the miraculous syncretism of ancient Nuragic, Semitic, Phoenician, Cretan and Roman traditions. Today, the modern valorisation of regional productions aims at international contexts, rediscovering ancient traditions and opening up to global and demanding markets. Thanks to the recovery of territorial traditions, producers have created masterpieces that are appreciated worldwide, as well as small productions that are in demand among enthusiasts.
Viticulture and wine production in Sardinia date back to the Iron Age, as evidenced by archaeological findings. The island independently developed wine production before the arrival of the Greeks.
During Roman and medieval times, important wine production emerged in the main Sardinian centres. Spanish influence led to the spread of the Carignano and Spanish Bovale grape varieties. Other populations, such as the Aragonese, Genoese, Pisans and Sabaudis, imported grape varieties and traditions.
In recent decades, entrepreneurship has contributed to the revival of Sardinian wines, with the collaboration of prestigious oenologists such as Giacomo Tachis, promoter of the first Super Sardinian, and modern wineries such as Cantina Mesa, Argiolas, Sella & Mosca and Capichera. Some small artisan producers such as Dettori, Columbu and Sedilesu have preserved ancient traditions.
The fame of Sardinian wines is linked to famous types such as Vermentino di Gallura, Carignano del Sulcis and Cannonau. However, numerous indigenous varieties such as Torbato, Nuragus, Nasco, Granazza, Malvasia Bianca and Vernaccia deserve more notoriety. The main production areas are Gallura, Alghero, Sulcis, Cagliari and the province of Nuoro.
The best Sardinian wines are characterised by great intensity, enhancing the Mediterranean and island profile. From the intense aromas of myrtle, shrubs and red fruit of Cannonau to the marine freshness of Torbato and the sunny warmth of Malvasia di Bosa. The whites are paired with seafood specialities such as mullet roe and lobster, while the full-bodied reds go well with roast porceddu and typical pecorino cheese.
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