The rugged and varied Sardinian landscape
You'll find several grape varieties flourishing on the island of Sardinia, but there are 2 in particular that stand head and shoulders above the rest.
The rolling vineyards of Tenute Gregu, Gallura
We start in the North East of the island and the region of Gallura. It is here that you'll find Vermentino, a white-based grape variety, at its very, very best and the wines produced from this region are making a big statement about Sardinian wine.
The steel vats fermenting the latest Vermentino di Gallura DOCG
Vermentino di Gallura is the only DOCG appellation (meaning you have to follow certain guidelines to produce it, therefore making a better wine) that exists on the island. There are many speculative ideas about where Vermentino originated from, but there's no question that a Gallura Vermentino is of the highest quality.
Our youthful Rias, Vermentino di Gallura DOCG with label art from Mr Fiend
Our entry level Rias, Vermentino di Gallura DOCG, comes from a young, family run winery called Tenute Gregu. Rias is a great wine to experience a true tasting Vermentino that's all about youth and freshness easily matched to simple foods like cold cuts, mild cheeses and seafood.
Cantina Berritta's Cannonau Classico valley
Heading South along the East coast you'll arrive in the rocky landscape coastline of Dorgali. Well known for the Grotta di Ispinigoli, it is also the beginning of Cannonau Classico territory, meaning the original place where the vines were planted and therefore the optimum growing conditions for these vines.
'Classico' barrel ageing
Cannonau is internationally recognised as Granache or Granacha so if you're big into your Rioja's or wines from the Rhonê region of France (Châteauneuf-du-Pape), then these wines will be for you. Often the wines from these other notable regions are blended with other grapes to help add colour and tannin (that bitterness that drys out your mouth) but Sardinian's tend to leave it as a single grape variety wine.
The young, fresh faced Nostranu label designed by Marianna Madriz
Nostranu is our entry level Cannonau di Sardegna DOC from the Dorgali region of Sardinia. The latest vintage released by Cantina Berritta, who have been producing Cannonau in the region for decades, is 2014 and it is bursting with wonderful dark fruit flavours and natural pepper spice from the grape itself. Easy drinking but with a decent body you can enjoy this wine on its own but it's very easily matched with many foods.
Both these varieties make great summer wines, perfect for the Barbecue or just on their own. Why not enjoy them for yourself today and start your Sardinian wine adventure with Grape Juice Wines.