The Cannonau di Sardegna DOC appellation includes the entire island, from Sulcis and Cagliari in the south to Gallura in the north, a distance of about 260 km. The denomination was introduced in June 1972, around the same time as Moscato di Sardegna DOC. This denomination corresponds to a production of about one-fifth of the total Sardinian wines.
The denomination includes both red and rosé wines, a reserve and a liqueur type. To obtain the reserve mention, a Cannonau di Sardegna must have a minimum alcoholic strength of 13% by volume and be aged for at least two years before being released on the market. The wines of the liqueur version are sweeter and richer in alcohol, with an alcohol content between 17.5% (the legal minimum) and 20% by volume. There is also a dry liqueur version.
The wines of the Cannonau di Sardegna DOC appellation have attracted considerable attention in recent years, not only for their quality but also for the longevity of the inhabitants of their production areas. In fact, many Sardinians are well over 90 years old and in many cases reach over 100, with the island’s diet usually indicated as a determining factor. Cannonau di Sardegna DOC wines are rich in anthocyanins and polyphenols, compounds rich in antioxidants, beneficial for heart health.
When was the last time you had dinner in an Italian restaurant in Canada and you thought you were dining in Italy? That’s exactly how “Ospitalità Italiana Certified”restaurants want you to feel when you visit their fine dining establishments.
Ospitalità Italiana is an official certification from Unioncamere, Italy’s federation of local Chambers of Commerce and Industry, that tells you that the food you are enjoying is unquestionably Italian: products are authentic, ingredients genuine and recipes true to the thousand year history of Italian cuisine.
Canada is home to some leading Italian Chefs. Passionate and innovative, many have refined their skills and advanced their knowledge directly in Italy. In addition, Montréal boasts a fabulous cooking school ITHQ where young aspiring chefs learn Italian technic and Italian traditional recipes from the masters.
So the next time you make reservations for an Italian dinner in a Montreal restaurant, ask if they’ve received the Ospitalità Italiana seal of approval. You will enjoy the true Italian taste.