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Sardinia Carignan red wine

Sardinia wine cellar

Sardinia wine cellar

A couple of weeks ago in the hot, dry south western corner of Sardinia called Sulcis took place the annual grape harvest.

How could we explain the meaning of the annual grape harvest? How could we explain what grape harvest means to a winegrower?

The annual grape harvest is the final stage of long, hard working months, particular care to the vineyard and special attention to the weather to understand, in advance, whether the grapes will result in a good quality wine.

The annual grape harvest is the end of the line and at the same time the beginning of everything. It is not easy to make good wine since there are a lot of delicate and complicated steps in the procedure that must be followed.
In any case, going back to Sardinia, grape harvest 2013, thanks to this year’s mild weather, gave very good results increasing the total production of Sardinian wine.

Wine making together with tourism are two of the pillars of the island’s economy. You can find vineyards all over the island but each region has different grapes and its own quality wine.

Sardinia can be proud to have a wine culture that has developed for thousands of years, although information about the origins are very fragmented: some sources claim that it were the Phoenicians and Carthaginians to introduce and spread the vine and the production of wine, other sources ensure it has developed independently before and during the Roman period. A third wave assures, and has found evidence, that during the nuragic area Sardinian peoples cultivated vines and produced wine. In fact, the Cannonau, a classic among Sardinian wines, would be one of the oldest wines of the Mediterranean.

In addition to this worldwide famous wine, in Sardinia we find Vermentino, Muscat, Malvasia, Vernaccia and Carignan. These wines share  unique features result of a magical land: they are full-bodied, aromatic, fresh, and very much appreciated.

Carignano

Carignan wine

The Carignan is one of Sardinia’s most important red wines. Almost the entire production of this wine is concentrated in the area called Sulcis, between the mountains and the south-west coast of Sardinia. In fact, in the towns of San Giovanni Suergiu, Calasetta, Sant’Anna Arresi, Sant’Antioco e Santadi we can visit the wineries producing this wine which was recognized as DOC (Controlled Designation of Origin) in 1977 and took the name Carignano del Sulcis.

It is not known the origin of this vine but we can certainly say that the Island of Sant’Antioco is the home of the Carignan since we cand find here vast vineyards. Many findings and evidence show that the Phoenician, who made of Sant’Antioco an important town and trading port, brought the vine in this part of the Mediterranean.

Certainly doing a wine tour in Sardinia is a great idea. Spending your holidays in south-west corner of Sardinia, in particular the Sulcis area, to enjoy this good wine and the wide tourist offer of this region will allow you to discover not only the best products and their high quality but also the charm of its old mines, the Nuraghe and all the archaeological sites of this wonderful island.

This is the list of the DOC Carignano del Sulcis wineproducers:
Cantina 6mura (San Giovanni Suergiu)
Cantina di Calasetta (Calasetta)
Cantina Mesa (Sant’Anna Arresi)
Cantina di Santadi (Santadi)
Cantina Sardus Pater (Sant’Antioco)