Girò di Cagliari DOC is a small red wine appellation covering the Girò variety cultivated close to Sardinia’s capital city of Cagliari. There is also a Liquoroso and Liquoroso Riserva style permitted.
Isola dei Nuraghi is one of Sardinia’s popular IGP appellations. There are a number of stunning wines bottled under the name, including Cantina Argiolas’s Turriga.
Malvasia di Bosa is one of the great wine treasures of Italy. Produced with Malvasia di Sardegna in a deliberately oxidised style, it’s capable of being a truly special wine. Sadly, it’s very rare.
Mandrolisai is a small DOC created in 1981 to promote red and rose wines from local Sardinian grapes. They must contain a minimum of Bovale Sardo as well as Cannonau and Monica di Sardegna.
Monica di Sardegna DOC covers red wines produced from the traditional Sardinian Monica variety.
As the name suggests, Moscato di Sardegna covers the production of Moscato Bianco based wines across the island of Sardinia. The sub zones of Gallura and Tempio Pausania can be used, but only for Spumante (sparkling) wines.
Nasco di Cagliari is one of the most interesting sweet wines on Sardinia. The liquoroso category permits a riserva produced from the Nasco variety.
Nuragus di Cagliari is a small appellation surrounding Cagliari covering the once rare but increasingly cultivated white Nuragus grape variety. It is capable of producing excellent wines.
The regional appellation of Romangia incorporates winemaking from vineyards in the municipalities of Castelsardo, Osilo, Sennori, Sorso and Valledoria in the province of Sassari in Sardinia.
The Alghero DOC, around the town of Alghero, grows mainly international varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay but also Vermentino, and rather curiously the little known Torbato.
The swampy marshlands of Arborea which covered the eastern part of the province of Oristano were turned into agricultural farmland in 1928. Today the area is home to white wines often made with a minimum of 85% Trebbiano Toscano or Trebbiano Romagnolo.
The small Sardinian IGP appellation of Barbagia is rarely used. It covers the mountainous area in the centre of the island. Sedilesu winery has 15 hectares of vineyard here, primarily planted with bush vine Cannonau. The rare white variety of Granazza can also be found.
Cagliari DOC covers red and white winemaking around Cagliari, the islands of Sardinia’s main city.
Campidano di Terralba, sometimes referred to simply as Terralba is a small but special appellation for the Bovale varieties - Bovale Grande and Bovale Sardo.
Cannonao di Sardegna is Sardinia’s key red wine. The best often comes from respected sub zones such as Capo Ferrato, Jerzu and Oliena.
Carignano del Sulcis DOC is one of Sardinia’s key red and rose wine appellations. Made exclusively from Carignano it known for distinctively rustic wines with aromas of coastal scrubland.
The somewhat flexible Colli del Limbara is one of the most used IGP wines on Sardinia. Focussed on the granitic soils that characterise the area around Mount Limbara in the north east of the island, these wines are found in varied styles.
Moscato di Sorso-Sennori DOC, sometimes referred to simply as either Moscato di Sorso or Moscato di Sennori is a sweet wine appellation on Sardinia.
Valli di Porto Pino is an IGP appellation covering the south west tip of the province of Cagliari in Sardinia. It can produce both red and white wines.
Produced around the town of Gallura, Vermentino is among the most expressive white wine on Sardinia. At its best it delivers delicious notes of lemon and coastal herb.
Vermentino di Sardegna is Sardinia’s most important white wine. Produced all over the island from the Vermentino it can take on a number of different styles.
Vernaccia di Oristano is a high quality white wine produced from the grape variety of the same name. It can also be produced in a dry or sweet fortified style.