NURAGUS is an ancient white wine grape found on the Italian island of Sardinia (‘Sardegna’) where its main wine is Nuragus di Cagliari DOC‘Nuragus has an interesting provenance: some experts believe that it was brought to the island during the XII century B.C. by Phoenicians [‘nur’ was their wor for fire]; others believe that it’s a native variety [domesticated over time] because its name is similar to the famous neolithic stone construction of Nuraghi. It’s always been a resistant and adaptable variety and a good yielder: for this reason it is also known as “pagadeppidus” (pay debts), “preni tineddus” (fill up vats), and “uva de is paberus” (poor man’s grapes).’ (Les Caves de Pyrène list, July 2011).

At a tasting at the Vinitaly International Academy on 01st December 2015 at Signorvino, Veneto, Italy hosted by Ian d’Agata he said Nuragus was ‘productive and rustic and thus popular with growers. It needs shade, menaing overhead pergola is a good fit for it, otherwise drops its acid very fast when ripe. Its thick skins protect it in bad weather. The wines can be tannic and bitter.’

VINEYARD AREA / 2010 1,345 ha (3,324 acres) according to Italy’s 2010 vine census (Oxford Companion, 2015, p513).

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Burton Anderson 1998 p288 DONE.

Ian D’Agata, Native Wine Grapes of Italy (University of California Press, 2014 p46, 377-78.

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