MONICA DI CAGLIARI DOC is a red wine made with the Monica grape grown mainly from the province of Cagliari, plus several townships (‘comuni’) in Oristano province on the Italian island of Sardinia (Sardegna’). See Sardinia south, Cagliari’s Campidano and Sulcis.

BACKGROUND / The DOC was granted in 1972. The wine is almost invariably sweet (‘dolce naturale’), though dry is permitted (‘secco’) and it takes on an orange hue with ageing, though only the fortified ‘liquoroso riserva’ is suited to long ageing (Burton Anderson, 1990, p294).

WINERIES

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BIBLIOGRAPHY

Burton Anderson, The Wine Atlas of Italy (Mitchell Beazley, London, 1990).

David Gleave, The Wines of Italy (Salamander Books, London, 1989).

Dr Ian D’Agata, Native Wine Grapes of Italy (University of California Press, 2014).

Nicolas Belfrage MW, Life Beyond Lambrusco (Sidgwick & Jackson, 1985)

Nicolas Belfrage MW, From Barolo to Valpolicella—The Wines of Northern Italy (Faber & Faber, 1999).

Nicolas Belfrage MW, From Brunello to Zibibbo–The Wines of Tuscany, Central and Southern Italy (2nd edition, London, 2003).

Oxford Companion to Wine 4th edition ed. Jancis Robinson MW and Julia Harding MW (Oxford University Press, 2015).