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Sardinian wine is a real treat! Spanish, Byzantine and Moorish influences over the last 3,000 years have given the wines on this sun-drenched Mediterranean island their unique character. Taste the best of the island on one of these 3 wine routes. Visit vineyards that produce red, white and dessert wines in 3 beautiful regions, including tips for tastings, dining recommendations and where to spend the night.
You don’t find Sardinian wine in our liquor stores or supermarkets because the production is quite small and prices are relatively high. Yet the island boasts numerous vineyards that grow almost every variety imaginable. Most winegrowers run an artisan operation and only produce a few thousand bottles a year. These often don’t even reach the mainland, as the Sardinians keep these wines for themselves. So the best way to enjoy a good glass of Sardinian wine is to visit the island.
Sardinia’s most distinctive red grape is the Cannonau – courtesy of the Spanish. Sardinia’s granite soil and warm climate result in an intensely flavoured fruity red wine with an impressive alcohol content. The best Cannonaus are grown on the east coast of the province of Nuoro, for example at the Cantina Gostolai vineyard in Oliena. Stop for lunch at Ristorantino Masiloghi, sample wines at wine bar La Rossa Enoteca in Mamoiada, and spend the night among the vines in artistic Gologone.
The Nuragus is Sardinia’s most typical white grape: named after the nuraghe, the famous stone towers dating back to the Bronze Age that are scattered around the island. In the province of Cagliari, the island capital in the south, the Nuragus grape is made into a refreshing and fruity white wine. On the way to the vineyard of Cantina Trexenta in Senorbì, take a break in the wine-growing villages of Monserrato, Serdiana and Dolianova. Cagliari city boasts many wine bars, seafood restaurants and plenty of boutique hotels: Inu, Antica Cagliari and Maison Miramare are absolute musts!
The white Malvasia grape is the basis for a heavenly Sardinian dessert wine: the fortified, smooth and sweet golden Malvasia di Bosa. The unyielding basalt soil of the Planargia wine region on the west coast is perfect for cultivating this grape. From Bosa, the road winds along beautiful hamlets such as Tinnura, Flussio and Modolo, surrounded by vineyards as far as the eye can see. Visit Zarelli Vini in Magomadas, which also produces grappa, licoro and Malvasia’s spumante sparkling wine. Villa Asfodeli in Tresnuraghes is a fabulous boutique hotel.