Cannonau of Sardinia is the Sardinian vine par excellence, the best known, the one that reminds, in the common imaginary, our land and culture.
It is one of the Sardinian DOC, probably the best known in the world.
Its origin is quite uncertain, but some studies trace back this vine to the Spanish domination of the island and the most recent ones instead deny this argument supposing its endemicity.
Some grape seeds remains, dating back to 3200 years ago, have been found in different areas of the island to prove how this vine can truly represent the wine’s origins in Sardinia.
Cannonau of Sardinia constitutes the thirty per cent of the total Sardinian area under vines and occupies a total zone of about 7500 hectares, concentrated over 70% in the province of Nuoro, more specifically in Oliena, Orgosolo and Mamoiada, even if this vine is cultivated in the whole Sardinia.
The yields of grapes are never very elevated and reach an average of 80 quintals per hectare.