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The grape vine could be found in Sardinia at the time of the first human traces. Along the centuries, then, various immigrations allowed a development of the various original vines. During the Roman Empire, the wines of the island knew a special splendour and only today, after several centuries, they seem to have been rediscovered in their early fame.
The wine produced in the island in the last years is characterized not only by its excellent quality, but also by its varieties. You can go from the black wines to the bruts, passing through the red, the rosè, the dry white, the "Vermentino" and the "Vernaccia".
Among the most popular kinds of wine which are either produced or transplanted with smart fusion in the local vineyards, we shall remember:
- Vermentino (among the whites) is a white wine characterized by its pale yellow colour, its dry taste and a strong and refined scent. It is produced mainly in the Gallura area and its alcoholic strength ranges from 12 to 14 degrees.
- Cannonau (among the reds and rosé) is widely known as the wine of the Barbagia and the Ogliastra areas. It is the most typical and renowned of all Sardinian wines. It has got a sharp scent, a flavour that moves from dry to palatable (slightly sweet) and its colour is ruby red. Its alcoholic strength ranges from 14 to 15 degrees.
- Nuragus (especially among the whites) is widely spread in the "Campidano". This type of grape vine produces wines which are characterized by a soft, pale yellow colour, a delicate fragrance, a dry and slightly-acidulous flavour, as well as a pleasant vinous smell. Its mininum alcoholic strength is 11 degrees.
Among spirits, it is worth mentioning the myrtle liquor in its red and white varieties. It is made from the fruits of the myrtle, a very common plant in Sardinia. Another specialty is undoubtedly "s'abba ardente" or "filu 'e ferru", a type of brandy that was privately produced only until few years ago and then put on the market by some manufacturing companies. Just to be tried !
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