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In an effort to shed some light on how I study for WSET Diploma Course’s D3 exam, Le Club des Vins is running a series of posts covering wine regions. Today’s topic: Sardinia
Sardinia is located south of Corsica, near the coast of Tuscany.⠀⠀⠀
In a nutshell
- Warm mediterranean climate
- Granite, limestone and sandstone to mineral-rich clays and free-draining sands and gravels
- Cannonau & vermentino
Warm mediterranean climate, but cooling effects include the sea and altitude (Sardinia is hilly). It’s usually quite dry during the growing season, so depending on the location irrigation can be necessary (e.g. in the south east of the island).⠀⠀
It varies from granite, limestone and sandstone to mineral-rich clays and free-draining sands and gravels. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🍇 Grapes & style
Cannonau, which is the Sardinian name for Grenache, and can be grown anywhere on the island. It’s usually a bit fresher than Grenache, because it’s harvested earlier. There’s a Classico zone in the Nuoro region. Other areas that are known to produce distinctive wines are: Oliena, Jerzu and Capo Ferrato. For whites, it’s all about vermentino here. Vermentino di Sardegna DOC can be grown anywhere on the island, usually a bit dull. If you like Vermentino, look for Vermentino di Gallura DOCG, it’s more concentrated as the max yield is 63 hL/ha (about half of the DOC). The vineyards are located in the north east corner of the island. There’s also a small portion of Carignano (Carignan), mainly grown in the south-west corner of the island. Also, if you like the more obscure grape varieties, Sardegna is the place for you. There’s Torbato, Semidano, Niederra, Nuragus…. Do you know any of them? Some top producers of the island are Argiolas, Sella & Mosca and Cantina Santadi.
💡 Something you didn’t know
OMG who knew: Vernaccia di Oristano is western Sardinia’s answer to SHERRY, according to @jancisrobinson. C-u-r-i-o-u-s!
Your turn now
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