Welcome to the unique and diverse world of Sardinian wine!
Sardinia is an island off the coast of Italy with a rich history of winemaking dating back thousands of years. In fact, Sardinia has over 100 indigenous grape varieties, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. With so many distinct grape varieties, Sardinian wines offer a wide range of flavours and aromas that reflect the island's varied terroir and winemaking traditions.
We'll explore some of the most important and fascinating grape varieties grown in Sardinia. From the bold and tannic Cannonau to the aromatic and floral Vermentino, we'll take a closer look at what makes each grape variety unique and how it contributes to the diverse landscape of Sardinian wine. Whether you're a seasoned wine enthusiast or just starting to explore the world of wine, we hope you'll find this guide to Sardinian grapes informative and inspiring. So, let's dive in and discover the many flavours of Sardinia!
Cannonau is definitely the “Sardinian wine” par excellence. Known throughout the world, Cannonau represents our island with a DOC that is appreciated by connoisseurs. Recent findings show that it is a native variety, perhaps the oldest in the Mediterranean. Cannonau wines produced by our Winery are among the best on the market: they are highly appreciated for their quality and have been awarded many times in major international competitions.
This is a white grape variety that is particularly common in southern Sardinia. Also of ancient origin, it has been, as the name implies, linked to our island since the days of the Phoenicians. The vine is extremely adaptable and highly generous, creating a DOC wine that is very appreciated for its quality. Nuragus produced by Cantine di Dolianova are among those most appreciated by connoisseurs.
Among the red grape varieties Monica, along with Cannonau, is one of the most representative of all Sardinian viticulture. Introduced to the island in ancient times, it is now present throughout Sardinia and produces two different DOC wines: Monica di Sardegna and Cagliari Monica. Blended with Sardinian Bovale and Cannonau, it is part of the Mandrolisai DOC wine. The wines produced by Cantine di Dolianova with the highest quality grapes are among those most appreciated by connoisseurs.
Nasco is a white grape variety that is among the least known varieties today, and is grown almost exclusively in limited areas of southern Sardinia. But this is a particularly refined grape of great value: at the end of the last century it was considered one of the best Sardinian vines. Present on the island even in Roman times, in recent years it has been rediscovered and promoted, earning the appreciation of connoisseurs. At Cantine di Dolianova, we use it to create our precious IGP wine – Isola dei Nuraghi – to which the Nasco grape adds its own unique characteristics.
Native black grape variety, Carignano is certainly one of the most famous in Sardinia. Probably of Spanish origins, Carignano arrived on the island during the rule of the Aragonese in 1300. The vine is among the most planted on the Alps and on the island, despite being particularly difficult to cultivate. The Carignano vine gives its wines colour, tannicity and acidity, as well as an excellent flavour. The Parteolla soils have always been suited to its cultivation and have enabled the Cantine di Dolianova to produce a high quality Carignano.
Moscato is present throughout the Mediterranean and is famous everywhere for its sweetness. In Sardinia it is mostly found in three different areas of the island and gives rise to three different types of DOC wines: Cagliari Moscato, Moscato di Sorso-Sennori and Moscato di Sardegna Spumante, with the sub-denomination “Tempio” or “Gallura”. At Cantine di Dolianova, we produce an excellent, award-winning Moscato which confirms the area’s special vocation for the cultivation of this variety.
Often confused with Barbera Piemontese, with which it shares some morphological and compositional characteristics, Barbera Sarda is a native red grape variety, mainly grown in the central-southern part of Sardinia. It is referred to by different names in different parts of the island, such as “Bovali Mannu” and “Bovaleddu di Escalaplano”. It’s a grape variety that can give wines aromaticity, with floral and fruity notes. The Cantine di Dolianova produce an excellent Barbera Sarda, used to create fine IGT – Isola dei Nuraghi.
Chardonnay is one of the most famous international varieties, it is common worldwide and very appreciated for its characteristics. It is often used to create both still and sparkling wines in pure form or blended with other grapes. The characteristics of our territory exalt the qualities of this variety, which Cantine di Dolianova cultivates to create excellent quality wines.