Monica di Cagliari DOC | Red wine made with the Monica grape on the Italian island of Sardinia (Sardegna’). The DOC was granted in 1972. The vineyards are mainly in Cagliari province, as well as in several communes in Oristano province. See Sardinia south, Cagliari’s Campidano and Sulcis.

Wine style | The wine is almost invariably sweet (‘dolce naturale’), though a dry (‘secco’) is permitted. It takes on an orange hue with ageing, though only the fortified ‘liquoroso riserva’ style is suited to long ageing (Burton Anderson, 1990, p294).


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