Girò | Red wine grape found on the island of Sardinia (Sardegna) in Italy. Like many other Sardinian varieties, Girò is most likely a traditional rather than a native grape of Italy, arriving on Sardinian shores during Spain’s domination of the island.
Where grown | Sardegna (Sardinia): it grows around Sassari and the Basso Campidano, in the province of Cagliari, and to a lesser extent near Oristano. The monovarietal DOC wines are Girò di Cagliari (100% Girò). Girò can also be used in roughly fifteen different IGT blends such as: Barbagia, Isola dei Nuraghi, Planargia, Romangia, Trexenta.
Wines | Girò is available in dry, sweet, liquoroso secco (fortified dry) and liquoroso dolce (fortified sweet) forms, but is almost always found in the sweet version.
Wine style | Lovely aromas of candied red cherries, milk chocolate, and plums macerated in alcohol. On the palate it is delicately sweet and spicy, with abundant notes of very ripe red fruit.
Italian Wine Unplugged (Positive Press, 2017), p.179.
Associated regions and DOPs
c In the vineyard
Medium to medium-large bunches and medium-sized berries. It is not a particu- larly vigorous variety; its productivity is generally good but irregular.
b In the glass
See Ian D’Agata, Native Wine Grapes of Italy (University of California Press, 2014).
Italian Wine Unplugged (Positive Press, 2017), p.