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Sardinia Wine Region

The wine-growing areas of Sardinia span across the entire island. Grapevines in Sardinia are grown everywhere, although the largest concentration lies in the Campidano region in the southwest, between the cities of Cagliari and Oristano. Gallura in the north, Alghero on the west coast, Barbagia with the town of Mamoiada on the eastern flank of the island and Mandrolisai in the center feature among the other prominent wine districts.

Which are the main wine-growing areas in Sardinia?

  • Cannonau di Sardegna: this denomination devoted to Cannonau covers the entire island.
  • Vermentino di Sardegna: the equivalent of the above-mentioned DOC for Vermentino.
  • Barbagia: a mountainous region in eastern Sardinia, mainly famous for housing Mamojada, a little township where a large number of small producers craft high-quality Cannonau-based reds and Granazza-based whites.
  • Carignano del Sulcis: Carignano del Sulcis: lying in southeastern Sardinia, and comprising the islands of San Pietro and Sant’Antioco, this DOC is the cradle of Carignano.
  • Vermentino di Gallura: in the northeastern corner of the island, Vermentino finds its best terroir, giving some of the region’s most characterful wines.
  • Malvasia di Bosa: rare oxidative wines from Western Sardinia – either fortified or naturally sweet.
  • Vernaccia di Oristano: another wine district specializing in oxidative or fortified wines.
  • Mandrolisai: a peculiar and little-known blend of Monica, Cannonau, and Bovale from Central Sardinia.
  • Alghero: a broad DOC in northwestern Sardinia, allowing the production of a wide variety of different wines, including whites from the Torbato grape, red Cagnulari, and the region’s only DOC wines made with international grapes.
Sardegna wines in a Nutshell
  • Hectares under vine: 16,423 
  • Total production: 684,000 hectoliters (2022)
  • Percentage of DOC wines:
  • Vineyard altitude: 0 to 800 meters
  • Number of DOCGs:
  • Annual rainfall:
  • Average yield per hectare: 41 hl/ha
  • Prevalent soil types: sand, granite, limestone. 

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