The Carignano del Sulcis DOC appellation is found in Sardinia and was introduced in June 1977. The appellation includes red and rosé wines produced with the Carignano grape, grown in the southwestern portion of the island. This characterful variety came to both Sardinia, Provence or eastern Spain.
Sulcis is the coastal area located opposite the city of Sant’Antioco, founded by the Phoenicians and the original name was Solki, which eventually became Sulcis.
The red and rosé wines of the appellation are also available in the Riserva, Superiore, Novello and Passito types. There is no type of liqueur alike in many other Sardinian DOC wines (for example the Girò di Cagliari DOC).
Carignano del Sulcis Riserva wines undergo two years of ageing, of which at least six months in bottle, a requirement reduced to three months for basic red wines. The superior type must be obtained from grapes grown on vines reared with the traditional Alberello Latino method.
The rosé and Novello types can have an alcoholic strength of 11% by volume, compared to 12.5% of the other types. The passito must be obtained from naturally dried grapes and pressed between 10 October and 31 March following the harvest.
Furthermore, the passito must have aged for at least nine months (starting from May 1st after harvesting), of which three months in the bottle. The minimum alcohol content must be 16% by volume.
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