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Cannonau 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.

Cannonau 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.

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Common 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).
Cannonau Grapes

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 Wines