di Sardegna is a red wine grape varietal from the island of Sardegna. Cannonau
is thought to be the grape known as Grenache/ Garnacha. It is the mostly
widely planted grape varietal on the whole island as well as one of the most
planted varietals worldwide.
di Sardegna DOC requires the wines be made with 99% Cannonau, they be at least
13% ABV and if the wines are labeled as Riserva they are required to be aged
for a minimum of two years six months of which must be in oak or chestnut
barrels. Typically wines made with Cannonau tend to be spicy, berry-flavored
and soft on the palate with hints of tar and leather.
thought is that the variety arrived on Sardegna with the Aragonese when they
conquered the island in the early 14th Century (from what is now Aragon).
However, in the past few years researchers have discovered (during an Archeological Dig in Sardegna) Cannonau
seeds which date back to pre roman times therefore it is entirely possible that
the Cannonau Grape (aka Grenache/ Garnacha) actually originated on the Island of
Sardegna. Cannonau is used to produce Red, Rose as well as fortified Dessert