The Cagliari PDO is reserved for the following typologies of wine: White, Red, and Spumante (only with indication of grape variety).
The production area of Cagliari PDO is within the territory of numerous municipalities in the provinces of Cagliari, Sud Sardegna and Oristano, in the Sardinia region.
Refer to the Grape Variety Specifications for the variety of grapes used in the production of Cagliari PDO.
Description of product typologies
Cagliari PDO Bianco, Cagliari PDO Rosso and Cagliari PDO Spumante with specification of grape variety have the organoleptic characteristics of the grapes and terroir of origin.
Grape variety specifications
The Cagliari PDO may display the specifications of the following grape varieties. From white grape varieties: min. 85% Malvasia di Sardegna (incl. Riserva, Spumante), Moscato Bianco, Vermentino (incl. Superiore), pure or with the addition of grape berries similar in colour and originating from other grape varieties suitable for cultivation in the concerned area, max. 15%.From red grape varieties: min. 85% Monica (incl. Riserva), pure or with the addition of grape berries similar in colour and originating from other grape varieties suitable for cultivation in the concerned area, max. 15%.Cagliari PDO Malvasia is yellow to golden yellow in colour; the nose alternates between aromas of broom flower and sweet, fruity notes of peach; it is dry, sweet and smooth on the palate if it is Spumante.Cagliari PDO Moscato is golden yellow in colour; the nose offers fragrances of honey, dried apricot and rose, with mineral and balsamic notes; it is sweet, aromatic, slightly sapid and extremely velvety on the palate.Cagliari PDO Vermentino is straw-yellow in colour with traces of greenish reflections; the nose opens with hints of fresh ripe fruit and aromatic herbs; it is smooth, fresh and mineral on the palate, with an almost sweet finish. Cagliari PDO Monica is pale ruby-red in colour, tending towards orange with aging; the nose displays aromas of prune jam, liquorice and spices; there are lively tannins on the palate, with spicy notes returning in the finish. Cagliari PDO Monica wines can be classified as Riserva if they have undergone a minimum aging period of 24 months, commencing November 1st of the year in which the grapes were produced. Cagliari PDO Malvasia wines can be classified as Riserva if they have undergone a minimum aging period of 12 months, commencing November 1st of the year in which the grapes were harvested.
The geographic name “Sardinia” may precede the Cagliari PDO designation, as provided for by ministerial decree.