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Since the mid-18th Century, Sardinia has been one of Italy's five autonomous regions, but its separation from the mainland has led to a culture and identity somewhat removed from the Italian mainstream. This is reflected in the Sardinian relationship with wine. Wine is much less culturally and historically engrained there than in the mainland regions, and wine production and consumption on any scale has developed only in the past few centuries.

The portfolio of varieties planted in Sardinian vineyards bears little resemblance to those in any other Italian wine region. The closest mainland wine regions to Sardinia are Tuscany and Lazio, and yet the key varieties used in these two (Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Barbera, Trebbiano) are almost nowhere to be seen in the island's vineyards. Instead one finds varieties of French and Spanish origin, exemplified by Grenache (called Cannonau here), Carignan (Carignano), Cabernet Sauvignon and Bobal.

The most "Italian" varieties here are Malvasia and Vermentino, but even Vermentino can only just be considered Italian, being more widely planted on Corsica and southern France – often under the name Rolle – than in its homeland, Liguria. Muscat Blanc (Moscato Bianco), ubiquitous all around the Mediterranean, further contributes to the pan-Mediterranean feel of Sardinian viniculture.

Aside from the better-known grape varieties mentioned above, the island makes use of several obscure and fairly exclusive varieties, including Torbato, Semidano, Niederra, Nuragus, Monica and Nasco.

A handful of producers are creating high-quality wines, which are gradually gaining international recognition.Whether or not Sardinian wine finds its way into the annals of the wine world depends on various factors: the ebb and flow of world wine markets, the efficacy of Italian wine bureaucracy and marketing, and the ever-changing tastes and interests of the modern wine consumer.

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Vermentino di Sardegna, Antonella Corda, 2019


Vermentino di Sardegna, Antonella Corda has been aged for six months on its lees in stainless steel vats, a fragrant and intense wine with enticing Mediterranean herb notes, natural freshness and floral bouquet.

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750ml £18.95

Cannonau di Sardegna, Antonella Corda, 2019


Cannonau di Sardgena , Antonella Corda is very elegant with typical Cannonau aromas, very delicate tannins and a spicy hint of white pepper on the finish,

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750ml £24.65