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Ultimate Guide to the Sardinia Wine Region

Famous Wines of the Sardinia Wine Region

Sardinia's popular red and rosé wines include:

  • Cannonau: This is arguably Sardinia's most famous red wine. Armed with a Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) designation, it has a rather high alcohol content, with a warm flavor and a slightly bitter aftertaste similar to dark chocolate. This wine also has a relatively short aging period of just about one year.
  • Monica: This dry, light red DOC wine is even younger than Cannonau -- its aging period is only six months. It has a fruity smell of either plums or blackberries with a bit of a sour, tannic taste.
  • Carignano: This DOC wine can come in red or rosé. The fruity red is dry and strong, with a bright ruby-to-violet color. The rosé version is a light pink with a very floral smell, rich taste and light body [sources: Sardinia Point, Sardegna].

Sardinia's popular white wines include:

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  • Vermentino: This dry, warm-tasting wine also comes in sweet or sparkling. It has a fruity and floral fragrance with a bit of a bitter aftertaste. The Vermentio di Gallura is the only Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) wine from Sardinia.
  • Semidano: This golden wine is intense but soft, with a delicate taste. It was once considered a dessert wine but has enjoyed a rebirth as a table wine.
  • Nuragus: This white wine is popular with growers because its grapes traditionally give good harvests and resist parasites. It's slightly acidic and should not be aged [sources: Sardinia Point, Sardegna].

Now grab a glass and give thanks for the Sardinia grapes that started it all. For more information, visit the links below.

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