Anyone who has been to Sardinia can not help but be impressed by the sheer beauty of the place. The whitewash buildings, the golden beaches and crystal clear waters are just idyllic and with this backdrop the wine is romanticised. When I drink Sardinian wine it takes me back to that photograph in my mind, the warm sun, the Mediterranean olive oil, tomatos to die for and all my sense come alive remembering my first experiences of Sardinia and its wine.
However, historically, Sardinia just wasn’t that bothered about making wine. Don’t get me wrong, compared to Botswana, it’s bothered, but compared to most other Italian regions, it simply never got its act together. Despite being blessed with 19 D.O.C wines, fantastic soil and the grape varieties of two major countries, Sardinia really just couldn’t muster the energy to get serious.
The island of Sardinia is located in between Italy and Spain (closer to Italy) and as such has taken the best parts of both countries as any Sardinian tourist can tell you. It’s the most isolated wine region of Italy and as such produces some “out-there” wines away from the eyes of Rome. These idiosyncratic wines can be very peculiar to the Italian wine enthusiast but nevertheless are interesting to discover.
Sardinia’s special location between Spain and Italy has lent a mix of influences over the years and this can be seen when visiting the island in its food, architecture and its wine. Grapes from Spain were brought over to Sardinia and are still used to today in the islands most famous red wine, Cannonou, the Sardinian answer to Spanish Grenache. Traditionally high in alcohol with a unique flavour.