NURAGUS DI CAGLIARI DOC is a white wine from the Italian island of Sardinia (Sardegna) made with the Nuragus grape variety (see nuraghi). The DOC was granted in 1972.

Production zone | This comprises the Campidano plains above the city of Cagliari (Burton Anderson, 1990, p288). The wine is grown in almost 200 townships (‘comuni’) mainly in the province of Cagliari (the entire province in fact), plus others in the provinces of Oristano and Nuoro, with production focussed on the Campidano. See Sardinia south, Cagliari’s Campidano and Sulcis.

Wine style | Nuragus di Cagliari is usually a dry white wine and is made from the Nuragus grape (85-100%), as well as optionally from 0-15% other permitted white varieties. It is occasionally also made as a semi-sweet ‘amabile’ or ‘frizzante’, described by Burton Anderson as ‘showing all the personality of mineral water’, it being grown with the highest permitted yields of any of Sardinia’s DOCs,’ (Burton Anderson, 1990, p.288).

Production | 1978 ‘Nearly 20 million litres in 1978, easily surpassing production of of other DOC wines combined,’ (Burton Anderson, 1982, p.468)


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