Cannonau Wine of Sardinia


Cannonau, a long life Elixir

Ruby red, heady, usually aged between two and six years and with an alcohol content not less than 12.5%. A soft and robust wine, which combines perfectly with the game and the strong flavors of the island cuisine, especially in cheeses such as pecorino. In terms of healthy and long life, Sardinia has a lot to offer and Cannonau is part of its secret recipe.


The longevity of the Sardinians is genetic, but not only. According to studies, it could also result from a unique combination of environmental and social factors, including, which for millennia is based, and is passed on, on healthy and genuine products. At the local diet contributes Cannonau veritable elixir of life, which contains three times more than other red wines antioxidants and offers benefits to the cardiovascular system almost ten times higher than the varieties of wine cultivated in other Italian regions.


Who wants to enjoy the reading experience on the field should not miss the opportunity to visit Nuoro, Barbagia, Supramonte, Mandrolisai and the Ogliastra, where the cultivations of this black grape are more abundant: the small evocative treasures of a land rich in flavors and scents.


Walking through the breathtaking scenery of the Gennargentu and Supramonte not only ennobles the spirit but also pleases the palate and is an opportunity to discover the strong tastes of the local grape varieties: Strada del Cannonau is an ideal route is for everyone, from family vacationers to young couples fleeing the cities.


Where to taste The Best Cannonau Wine

Jerzu Tortolì, Oliena, and Mamoiada, vineyards, and wineries in the heart of Sardinia, a journey of 125 km.


A village situated on the slopes of a limestone promontory and built on several levels. All around, vineyards made on the steep sides of the hills. In its territory the famous Cannonau Rosso Doc is produced: it is known throughout Sardinia as the city of wine.



An old hamlet of Ogliastra southwest rises at 450mt of altitude in the Rio Pardu Valley, framed by limestone plateaus with singular shapes, the Tacchi of Porcu ‘and Ludu and Troiscu. Jerzu populated of about three thousand inhabitants climbs on various levels with steep streets leading to the picturesque views.


Its territory has mountains with steep walls ideal for climbing and hiking trails (or mountain bike) in unspoiled nature and forests of oak and maple trees, myrtles and junipers, fig, chestnut and almond trees. Various wellspring irrigates lush gardens, the landscape is dominated by rugged hills with olive groves and cereal crops, especially vineyards, relaxing the eye, especially in the valleys of Pardu and Rio Quirra and the plain of Pelau.


Yearly products are one hundred thousand tons of grapes, from which the red Cannonau Jerzu that makes the ‘city of wine’. The winery was born in the mid-XX century and is the obligatory stop on your visit. The name Jerzu appears for the first time in a notarial act of 1130, in the XVI century, it became the streets of the wine, which then was also exported to other countries.


Cannonau Wine has two unmissable appointments from early August. During the wine festival parade, with ancient wagons used for the harvest and traditional costumes of Jerzu and folk groups islanders and taste wine and typical dishes, and Culurgiones Coccoi Prenas. Included in the festival is Chalices under the Stars: from dusk, around the historic cellars, the taste of the finest wines, with music and Tenores Launeddas. Other delicacies are on Pani Conciu (bread cooked in wine) and Is Tacculas (thrushes flavored with myrtle).


The Natural History Museum was born in order to enhance (and safeguard) the environmental heritage in the country. Archeology is added to nature. The earliest Neolithic settlements are the Domus de Janas of Perda Punta and Sa Ibba s’Ilixii. Approximately thirty Nuragic settlements date back to the next age, including the Nuraghe s’Omu ‘and s’Orcu. On top of Mounte Corongiu, (a thousand meters peak) and the most spectacular vantage point of Jerzu, there are traces of a Punic necropolis. As far as art is concerned, the Ulassai Art Museum hosts an exhibition of works by the international artist Maria Lai in the former railway station of Jerzu.


Jerzu is also a theater town: thanks to the Ogliastra Theater Festival. The feast of St. Anthony of Padua is the most intense: on June 13th, the top of the village is the statue of the saint it is carried in procession to the little country church that takes his name, in a picturesque setting surrounded by the Tacchi.



A city renowned for its gastronomic tradition combining with agro-pastoral origins.


In this territory, it be produced an excellent wine thanks to the cultivation of Cannonau grapes and a wide range of wines to drink, table and dessert. The wines are tasted with traditional dishes such as Culurgiones, a variety of ravioli prepared with flour and water-based pasta and a filling of potatoes and cheese. Tortolì is the gateway to Ogliastra, provides access to a diverse and surprising territory: around the city, inhabited by eleven thousand inhabitants and animated by tens of thousands of visitors in the summer, there are tropical beaches, woods and Mediterranean bush, fertile plains and ponds, rolling hills and cultivated a special feature, a red porphyry strip that runs parallel to the coast.


The Rocce Rosse are the most spectacular example. The natural monument of the Arbatax hamlet emerges from emerald green waters is a chromatic contrast hint: It is the scene of the Blues music festival Red Rocks. Next door is the harbor, point of arrival of tourists and place of departure to explore the beautiful bays. The Tortolì sea is magic, the coast is the most awarded Blue Flags. Behind the Rocce Rosse stands out Cala Moresca, a “pearl” town with granite rocks and golden sand. A little further south, the blue shades of Porto Frailis and the long Lido di Orrì: 16 kilometers of hidden coves and beaches, including the beautiful Cala Ginepro, with subtle sand, smooth stones and a grove of junipers, and San Gemiliano.


Red rocks also crop up in the paradise of Cea, 4 kilometers of soft white sand. The forest and Parco Batteria urban park in peaks of a hill, overlooking the gulf. The Nuragic Era has left more than 200 monuments in the territory, the archaeological site S’Ortali ‘Monti and it is full representation in its seven hectares including a complex nuraghe, a Tomba dei Giganti, two Menhirs, huts, a Domus de Janas, a wall and remains of another Nuraghe.


With the arrival of the Phoenicians (VII century bC) and the Carthaginians in the Tyrrhenian, he arose Sulci, a strategic port for the ancient navigators. Punic traces are found in the pond of Tortolì, while vestiges of Roman Empire rule are the wrecks of ships in the Gulf waters. Spanish heritage is the control towers, including the San Miguel tower. Among the monuments, the museum of modern art of Logu de s’Iscultura and former St. Andrea Cathedral,
built in the late XVIII century in the classical style of an older church, of which there are two chapels, it was found in the holy statue of Elizabeth of Hungary.

Inside is a sumptuous polychrome marble altar. The Tortolì festival more felt is Stella Maris, in late July, the church of Arbatax, with the procession to the sea. In restaurants savor the Culurgiones, typical Sardinian ravioli, soups, roast suckling pig, typical Sardinian ravioli, soups, roast lamb and boiled sheep. All accompanied by a glass of Cannonau, a must experience in Ogliastra.



It is an agricultural country known for its beautiful landscapes and wine. In the territory is produced a good quality Cannonau, Nepente, also recalled by Gabriele D’Annunzio in the preface of the guide Le of Italy Pubs Hans Barth (1909).


A romantic painting made of limestone reliefs, deep valleys, canyons and lush valleys. The surrounding area of Oliena, Barbagia village at the foot of Monte Corrasi, ten kilometers from Nuoro, is an immense natural monument, ideal for trekking, biking, climbing, and kayaking. The first was a Roman settlement, the confluence of rebellious peoples like Ilienses, according to Sallustio, Trojans who took refuge in the island.


Today the country, inhabited by seven thousand inhabitants, boasts the orange flag, about nature, culture, crafts, and warmth of its community. Skilled hands are creators of great works: wooden chests, which preserve the Carasau, fine embroidery on clothes, carpets, blankets and filigree jewelry. The oil produced from fine varieties of olives and Nepente, the famous Cannonau venerated by D’Annunzio, are the areas of excellence. The delicious pastoral imprint kitchen is a unique experience: Macarrones de Busa, Angelottos, Pani Frattau, roasted kidskin and suckling pig,  and cheese. Honey and almonds are the basis of the festive cakes: Pistiddu for the fires of Sant’Antonio Abate, Origliettas at Carnival, Casadinas at Easter, Papassini at Ognissanti, Amaretti for family ceremonies. During all year Seadas, Pistoccos and s’Aranzada wich it is also tasted during Autunno in Barbagia. The waited celebration hold is S’incontru, the last act of the Holy Week: the set design is embellished with elegant dresses and traditional jewelry.


Ravines, spires, and caves correspond to the upstream Corrasi peak of Supramonte, arid at the top, covered with holm at the center, adorned by olive trees, vines, and downstream almonds.It is crossed by paths, a destination for trekking lovers. Mouflon, Golden Eagle, and Queen Hawk complement the specialties of dolomite Sarda. Unmissibile the Valle Lanaittu, rich in natural and prehistoric sites: encloses a sinkhole the mysterious Nuragic village of Tiscali (XV-VIII BC), knows Geese and Bentu, two caves-natural masterpieces of underground lakes, stalactites and stalagmites, and the Grotta Corbeddu, where human traces of the Paleolithic have been found.


Downstream beginning there knows Sedda ‘e sos Carros Nuraghe in there worked the metals and of the cult of the waters. Another thirty Nuragic sites dot the land. Even pre-nuragic heritage are endless: rock shelter of Fractal, 40 Domus de Janas, Menhirs and twelve village Biriai. Near the valley flows the spring of Su Gologone, a national monument thanks to deep blue waters and iced green. Next door is Our Lady of pity, one of the symbols of the devotion of Olianese community. Of Jesuit influence is the church of St. Ignazio di Loyola. In the former boarding school are preserved altarpiece of Saint Christopher (XVI century) and wooden statues, including the Christ S’Iscravamentu. Along with the bridge of Pappaloppe (of the Pisans), the church of St. Maria (XIII-XIV century) witnessed the medieval development of the village.


It preserves the Gothic-Aragonese scheme, although the present aspect is a result of re-thinking. Other religious buildings are the XVI BC oratory of Santa Croce, Nostra Signora d’Itria , the Virgine del Carmelo and St. Lussorio, which it is dedicated to a very heartfelt celebration. In the countryside stand out St. John and Nostra Signora di Montserrato, characterized by Sas Cumbessias, homes for the novena.



In 1770 the Sabaudian Kings noted Mamoiada for the abundance of vineyards.There was a very good Cannonau Wine in the hamlet, with a special aroma and a high alcohol content. The village is famous for its traditional carnival masks of Mamuthones and Issohadores and for the wonderful environment of oak and chestnut trees that surround the town.


For his ancestral and evocative rites, Mamoiada Carnival attracts visitors from around the world. Mamuthones Issohadores are the symbols of the village.
The first wears a black mask with strong features, carved from fine woods, and wear sheepskins on which load Sa Carriga, thirty kilos of cowbells. During the parade through the streets and around bonfires, January 17 in honor of St Antonio, in February for Carnival and occasionally during the festivals, is impressive with an ancestral dance, led by Issohadores, recognizable for precious and elegant red and white dresses.


Their name comes from Soha, the rope with which they capture viewers. It is said that in ancient times, would serve to capture the woman he wanted to marry. To deepen the knowledge you need to visit the three museums of the center: the Mediterranean Masks of Education, Culture and Employment and Archeology and Territory.


Mamoiada is also the wine town. Intense aromas of grapes enrich the landscape: from the vineyards here Cannonau and Granazza. In recent years, numerous prizes ha been won by local wine cellars at regional and national level. While in homes for Carnival prepare Sas Orulettas, (Chiacchiere) intertwined sprinkled with icing sugar, to taste along with other typical sweets.


A great opportunity to try local dishes is Tapas, in Mamoiada the appointment of Autumn in Barbagia, usually the first week of November.


Shepherds’ trails characterize the scenery, walkable or mountain biking, discovering the natural beauty and the testimonies of the past. Inside the village, there are three sites of Domus de Janas, the fountain of ‘Antaru Vetzu (from Roman times) and the mysterious stele Boeli or knows Sa Perda Pintà (3500 BC) a huge Menhirs decorated with concentric circles, a symbol of the cult of water, a unique testimony in Sardinia.


Another feature is the presence of Byzantine reminiscences dating from the early Middle Ages, expressed by the cult of the St. Cosma and Damiano :
a shrine dedicated to them can be visited just outside the village.


Sardinian Cannonau Wine Giude