My secret love affair with Sardinia’s red wines

I’m not going to lie. I love Cannonau so much that it runs through my veins like blood. Heck, even Dr. Oz spoke about the health benefits of the Cannonau variety on his show – stating that if you drink Cannonau you could live to 100 years of age! I must admit, the amount of Cannonau I’ve drunk in the last week will skyrocket me to 200 years of age!

Cannonau grape varieties are the most common variety found on the island. All Cannonau must be made with 90% Cannonau grapes to be certified with the Cannonau name. Cannonau is aged in oak barrels for one year before gracing tables with its strong elegance.

Here are three of my favourite Sardinian reds:

Jennifer Avventura cannonau

Left:

Cagnulari 2010 – Alghero, Sardinia, Italy. This is a rare grape type grown in the north-western part of Sardinia and is used to produce a sexy, full-bodied red wine. This variety is seldom found outside of Sardinia and considered a regional speciality. Be sure to try it!

Center:

Terre Rare 2010 – Alghero, Sardinia, Italy. This grape variety was introduced to Sardinia by Provence or eastern Spain. Carignano del Sulcis vines grow abundantly in the south-west corner of Sardinia.

Right:

Cannonau di Sardegna 2010 – Alghero, Sardinia, Italy. Sardinia’s most popular variety is this sensuous full-bodied wine. Some say the Cannonau grape variety was introduced by the Spaniards in the 1400′s during Spanish rule. Others argue that Cannonau is indigenous to Sardinia. It doesn’t matter who is right in this battle, as one thing remains clear: Cannonau is one spectacular wine not to be missed on the island of Sardinia.

My favourites:

Have you sampled this fine wine from Sardinia? Can you find this variety in your local wine shop?

About Jennifer Avventura

Canadian Freelance writer living in Sardinia, Italy. A serial expat who lived in Australia, England and Cayman Islands. She eats Nutella with a spoon and hides under the bed during lightning storms. When she's not out running 6k you will find her sitting at the computer - writing her novel and searching for worldwide waitress work.
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16 Responses to My secret love affair with Sardinia’s red wines

  1. This sounds interesting. I don’t think I’ve ever tried it but will look out for some.

  2. Anna says:

    There better be beer in Sardinia… ;-)

  3. Aga says:

    Hey Jenniffer, great post and looks like we are sharing the same passion :) If you like Cannonau try next time some bottles from Barbagia region. Cannonau vine is very common in whole island but the one from Barbagia grow 600-800m above see level and the wine has more intense and stronger flavour. I recommend Mamuthone 2009 from Cantina Sedilesu in Mamoiada. It is one of my favourite and I hope you will enjoy it too! Salute!

  4. We have the same addiction…good thing I’m able to find Cannonau in Canada! ;-)

  5. Pecora Nera says:

    If the word wine is on the bottle, I will probably like it.

  6. thirdeyemom says:

    I am a huge wine fan! I have never tried it heard if this variety before. I will have to see if our local wine shop carries it as I love trying new varieties!

  7. colonialist says:

    Now all I need to do is figure out how to get some …

  8. Rosemarie Kleinberg says:

    Hi Jennifer

    Yes we had some when we visited Anela, and their Ichnusa beer, both amazing and both we cannot get here in our area, but the Cannonau can be ordered through. an International vendor. We have not tried that experience as yet! We have looked and asked everywhere for the Ichnusa but no luck as yet! Great wine, love, love, love, it as my husband loves both!! Happy safe drinking and enjoy! Here’s looking at you kid!!!!

    Love,
    Rosemarie
    The Sard/American

  9. M. R. says:

    https://www.enoteca.com.au/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=50&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=57&redirected=1&Itemid=57

    Priced between AUD30–40, not too bad. I shall wander about and find one that I don’t have to take a taxi to get to. Love recommendations that are so enthusiastic, Jennifer!

  10. I brought back some bottles of Agritourismo Tentua Pilastru own wine but I’m not sure what grape they used. Will check on last bottle’s label when I get home! A really lovely wine.

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