5 Unique Reds and 5 Whites Recommended by Sommeliers

What are the best Sardinian wines to buy?

Let's discover the world of Sardinian wines together: a region that contains unprecedented oenological treasures. In this article, with our sommeliers we explore the Sardinian wine richness. Through an authentic journey, we discover the peculiarities and secrets that make Sardinian wines unique.

From Cannonau to other lesser-known native grapes, we explore the millenary traditions that blend with modernity, offering the palate unforgettable sensory experiences. Get ready to immerse yourself in Sardinian wine culture and discover a truly special enological dimension.

What are we talking about:

  • Production areas of the finest wines
  • The most common vines
  • Native vines
  • International vines
  • DOCG, DOC and IGT recommended by our sommeliers
  • The numbers of Sardinian wine
  • 5 fine and exclusive Sardinian red wines
  • 5 fine and exclusive Sardinian bubbles and white wines

The production areas of the finest wines in Sardinia

The Sardinian territory, mainly hilly, has various winemaking areas. The main ones are these:


Hectares of vineyards


Quintals of grapes/year

690,000 Hl

Produced in 2022

The most common vines

In Sardinia there are 150 native vines (21 are registered in the National Register of Vine Varieties).

Among the most widespread vines in Sardinia, Cannonau stands out, also known as Grenache in other parts of the world. This native grape variety is widely grown on the island and produces full-bodied, intense and complex red wines, with notes of ripe red fruit and an interesting spiciness.

Another iconic grape variety is Vermentino , which produces fresh, aromatic white wines. Vermentino di Sardegna is renowned for its liveliness, balanced acidity and hints of citrus fruits and white flowers. It is the ideal companion for fresh fish and seafood dishes.

Sardinia is also the home of the native Nuragus grape variety, which gives rise to dry, light and fresh white wines. With its delicate character and fruity notes, Nuragus is perfect to enjoy as an aperitif or as an accompaniment to light dishes.

Finally, Carignano , known locally as Carignano del Sulcis, is a robust red grape that grows in the southern regions of the island. It produces full-bodied, intense and tannic wines, with hints of berries and spices, ideal for pairing with red meats and mature cheeses.

Typical native vines

The native Sardinian vines are the following:

🍷 Cannonau, Carignano, Monica, Bovale, Pascale, Cagnulari, Nieddera, Girò, Sardinian Barbera (black berry).

🥂 Vermentino, Nuragus, Vernaccia di Oristano, Nasco, Malvasia di Sardegna, Semidano, Arvisionadu (white berry).

Traditional vines are:

🍷 Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Montepulciano for the black berry;
🥂 Moscato and Malvasia for the white berry.

International vines

Among the international vines widespread in Sardinia we find:

🍷 Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah for the black berry;
🥂 Chardonnay as regards white grapes.

Which Sardinian wines to buy? DOCG, DOC and IGT recommended by our sommeliers

The finest wines from Sardinia, recommended by our sommeliers, are the following:

Cannonau di Sardegna DOCG : a highly prestigious red wine, produced mainly with the native Cannonau (Grenache) vine.
Vermentino di Gallura: Dry and aromatic white wine, made with the Vermentino grape in the Gallura region.

Carignano del Sulcis DOC : Robust and complex red wine, produced mainly with the Carignano grape variety (Carignano minimum 85%, produced in red, reserve, superior, rosé, new and

Monica di Sardegna DOC : a light and fruity red wine, obtained mainly from the Monica grape.
Vernaccia di Oristano: a dry or sweet white wine, produced with the Vernaccia grape and aged according to a particular winemaking method.

The Sardinian IGTs should not be forgotten, which offer wines of absolute quality and in particular:

Isola dei Nuraghi IGT , an indication that covers the whole of Sardinia, allowing the production of a vast range of wines, both white and red, using local and international vines.

Sardegna IGT , which includes the whole island and allows the production of a variety of wines using different grape varieties, both indigenous and international.







The numbers of Sardinian wine

Sardinia has 26,709 hectares of vineyards (with the province of Cagliari in the lead), for 856,622 quintals of grapes (ISTAT data, 2022).

As for wine produced, it is in 13th place in Italy with approximately 690,000 hectoliters per year , distributed in 57% DOC/DOCG, 17% IGT, 26% generic (ISTAT data, 2022).

It boasts 1 DOCG (Vermentino di Gallura, established in 1996), 17 DOC , 15 IGT (the latter all established in 1995)

Approximately 52% of the production of Sardinian wines produced per year is red , 48% is white .

Between 1984 and 1997 it recorded a sharp decline in the area under vines due to community policies on encouraging uprooting. In the province of Cagliari the viticultural heritage has been halved. Since 2000 there have been community but also national and regional policies aimed at valorising the region's vineyard heritage.

5 fine and exclusive Sardinian red wines

Cannonau di Sardegna Capo Ferrato DOC


Cannonau at least 85%. Other non-aromatic black grape varieties suitable for cultivation in Sardinia may contribute for a maximum of 15%. For the “Capo Ferrato” sub-area, the production area is reserved for grapes harvested in the municipal areas of Castiadas, Muravera, San Vito, Villaputzu and Villasimius in the province of Cagliari.


Discretionary, as long as it takes place within the Sardinia region.

Example in photo:

Cannonau Rei | Castiadas
Indicative bottle price: €12.50

Mandrolisai DOC


Bovale Sardo no less than 35%; Cannonau from 20% to 35%; Monica from 20% to 35%.


Only fair winemaking practices aimed at conferring benefits are permitted
wines their peculiar characteristics. If subjected to aging for at least 2 years, of which at least one in barrel, and released for consumption with a minimum total alcoholic strength of 12.50%, it can carry the additional mention "superior" on the label.

Example in photo:

Marrudu | Mereu
Indicative bottle price: €20

Valli di Porto Pino IGT


In the red version, from black grape varieties suitable for cultivation in the Sardinia region.


Only practices aimed at giving the wines their own peculiarities are allowed
characteristics. Discretionary winemaking within the reference area, and in particular: in the province of Carbonia-Iglesias (municipalities of Giba, Masainas, Narcao, Nuxis, Perdaxius, Piscinas, Santadi, S. Anna Arresi, Tratalias and Villaperuccio), province of Cagliari, in the municipality of Teulada.

Example in photo:

Shardana | Santadi
Indicative bottle price: €27

Capo Ferrato Riserva DOC 


Cannonau minimum 85%, other non-aromatic black grape varieties suitable for cultivation in the Sardinia region may contribute.


For the Riserva specification, a minimum natural alcoholic strength by volume of 13.0% and aging of at least two years is required, starting from 1 November of the year of harvest, of which
at least six months in wooden barrels. For the “Capo Ferrato” sub-area the production area is reserved for the grapes harvested in the municipalities of Castiadas, Muravera, San Vito, Villaputzu and Villasimius (in the province of Cagliari).

Example in photo:

Cannonau Reserve | Castiadas
Indicative bottle price: €18

Monica (unnamed)


In the example in the photo: monica, muristeddu, cannonau.


In the example in the photo: spontaneous fermentation on indigenous yeasts, sulfur reduced to a minimum. Ten months of aging in wooden barrels.

Example in photo:

Cuba | Mereu
Indicative bottle price: €30

5 fine and exclusive Sardinian sparkling wines and white wines

Isola dei Nuraghi IGT sparkling


from grapes coming from vineyards composed, within the company, of one or more vines, suitable for cultivation in the Sardinia region.


Discretionary, within the Sardinia region.

Example in photo:

Movviu | Castiadas
Indicative bottle price: €15

Colli del Limbara IGT


Grapes from vineyards composed, within the company, of one or more suitable vines
to cultivation in the Sardinia region.



Example in photo:

White | Davidha
Indicative bottle price: €26

Quality Sparkling Wine




According to the rules of the Classic Method (double fermentation in the bottle).

Example in photo:

Solais | Santadi
Indicative bottle price: €27

Vermentino di Gallura DOCG


Vermentino minimum 95%, produced in the municipalities of Aggius, Aglientu, Arzachena, Badesi, Berchidda, Bortigiadas, Budoni, Calangianus, Golfo Aranci, Loiri Porto San Paolo,
Luogosanto, Luras, Monti, Olbia, Oschiri, Palau, S. Antonio di Gallura, S. Teodoro, S. Teresa di Gallura, Telti, Tempio Pausania, Trinità d'Agultu (in the Province of Olbia-Tempio) and Viddalba in the province of Sassari.


Only oenological practices aimed at giving the wines their particular characteristics are allowed. For: Vermentino di Gallura (also in the superior version and late harvest: release on the market no earlier than January 15th following the year of production of the grapes.

Example in photo:

Vermentino from Gallura Menica | Tanca Raina
Indicative bottle price: €17

Quality Classic Method Sparkling Wine




Vinification according to the Classic Method (double fermentation in the bottle).

Example in photo:

Saeprus | Castiadas
Indicative bottle price: €28

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