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Sardinia General Info

South of Corsica, the island of Sardinia is a very hot and dry Mediterranean climate here. As such The island’s wines easily reach high alcohol levels.

Sardinia owes a great amount of its wine traditions and history to the Spanish. The Spanish Kingdom of Aragon ruled Sardinia until the early 1700s, for a period of nearly 400 years.

The main grape varieties planted here were likely introduced to the island during a period of general Spanish cultural assimilation. 

Dominant red varietals:
- Cannonau (Garnacha/Grenache)
Carignano (Cariñena/Carignan/Bovale Grande)

And the island’s dominant white grape, Vermentino, is likely of Spanish origin.

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DOCG of

Sardinia

Vermentino di Gallura DOCG

(95% min Vermentino)

Note:
- it is on the northern tip of the island.
- demarked on this map in orange with white dots.

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Who makes Barrua?

What is the main grape?
What is the appelation on the label?

Agricola Punica

self named:
"Sardegna's 1st growth"

Carignano
(aka: Bovale Grande)

Isola di Nuraghi DOC
(on the label)

Joint venture between:
- Dr. Sebastiano Rosa (stepson of Marchese Nicolo Incisa of Sassacaia)
- Cantina Sociale di Santadi 
Tenuta San Guido (Sassacaia)
Antonello Pilloni (president of Santadi)
- Giacomo Tachis (winemaker of Sassacaia)

Agricola Punica also makes:
- Montesseu (another Carignano)
- Samas (Vermentino & Chardonnay)

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Vermentino di Gallura DOCG

(W!)

White Only!!
Normale - Superiore

95% min Vermentino

*released 1/15

Normale
~10 tons/ha~
~12% min ABV~

Superiore
~9 tons/ha~
~13% min ABV~

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What is the soil of

Vermentino di Gallura DOCG?

Stony Granite.
Very poor soils.

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What is a synonym for

Cannonau?

Grenache

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Cannonau di Sardegna DOC

(Rd, Rs, Lqs)

Rosato
Rosso
Rosso RiservaRosso Classico
Rosso Passito
 - Rosso Liquoroso

85% Cannonao
(aka: Grenache)

Rosso Riserva
*2 Years min aging
**6 months min in wood

Rosso Classico
90% min Cannonau

*2 Years min aging
**1 Year min in wood

Has 3 Sub-Zones:
[north-south]
Oliena
Jerzu
Capo Ferrato

-all are on east side of island-

Note:
- Cannonau di Sardegna DOC covers the entire island of Saregna.

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Sub-Zones of

Cannonau di Sardegna DOC

[north-south]

Oliena

Jerzu

Capo Ferrato

Note:
- all are on the eastern side of the island

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What is a synonym for

Bovale Sardo?

Graciano

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What is a synonym for

Bovale Grande?

Carignan

aka:
Mazuelo

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What is

Capo Ferrato?

A sub-zone of
Cannonau di Sardegna

[southernmost of the three]

along with:
Oliena
Jerzu

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What is

Oliena?

A sub-zone of
Cannonau di Sardegna

[northernmost of the three]

along with:
Capo Ferrato
Jerzu

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What is

Jerzu?

A sub-zone of
Cannonau di Sardegna

along with:
Capo Ferrato
Oliena

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