Sardegna

Sardegna 

Sardinia is a rugged and rocky island far enough off the coast of Italy for Sardinians to not only regard it as a separate state (not much that distance is required in Italy to claim sovereignty), but to also be distinctly different from the mainland in almost all respects. Like much of Italy, like much of Europe, Sardinia has been shaped by waves of conquest, each leaving traces of their occupation embedded in the local culture and distinctive dialect. It is hard to deny, however, that the Spanish have left the most indelible impression, with plenty of evidence to suggest that the island’s most emblematic wine grapes originated on the Iberian Peninsula.
 
Sardinia is as much shaped by its rugged interior as it is by its dramatic coastline, and, in fact, its primary industries are located in the interior, where fertile plains, grazing country and a continental climate dominate.

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Sardegna 

Sardinia is a rugged and rocky island far enough off the coast of Italy for Sardinians to not only regard it as a separate state (not much that distance is required in Italy to claim sovereignty), but to also be distinctly different from the mainland in almost all respects. Like much of Italy, like much of Europe, Sardinia has been shaped by waves of conquest, each leaving traces of their occupation embedded in the local culture and distinctive dialect. It is hard to deny, however, that the Spanish have left the most indelible impression, with plenty of evidence to suggest that the island’s most emblematic wine grapes originated on the Iberian Peninsula.
 
Sardinia is as much shaped by its rugged interior as it is by its dramatic coastline, and, in fact, its primary industries are located in the interior, where fertile plains, grazing country and a continental climate dominate.

Sheep are the emblematic beasts of the island, accounting for significant meat production, as well as by far the largest production of ewe’s milk of all of Italy’s regions.
 
For wine production, Cannonau (basically Grenache or perhaps we should say Garnacha due to its likely Spanish origin), Vermentino, Monica and Moscato are grown across the island under blanket DOCs. But, the areas of most defined interest are: for the production of Vermentino in the northeast in Gallura; of Carignano del Sulcis in the southwest; Monica and Nuragas di Cagliari; and Cannonau in the province of Nuoro. There is also an array of sweet wines and somewhat rare but fascinating sherry styles.
 
Principal denominations: Cagliari DOC, Cannonau/Monica/Moscato/Vermentino di Sardegna DOC, Carignano del Sulcis DOC, Nuragus di Cagliari DOC, Vermentino di Gallura DOCG, Vermentino di Sardegna DOC, Carignano del Sulcis DOC
Important white varieties: Malvasia, Moscato, Nuragas, Vermentino
Important red varieties: Cannonau, Carignano, Monica

 

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