The Vineyards Of Sardinia
As a wine enthusiast I wait anxiously for autumn to arrive. The crisp, pleasant weather slowly transforms the landscape into a magnificent palette of auburn, jade, and gold, and ripens the vines to picking perfection. Fortunately, I can spend most weekends during the season admiring these vistas while getting merry at tastings offered at the local wineries.
And as the grape harvests carry on in many places in the Northern Hemisphere, Sardinia, is no exception. Flaunting its picturesque beaches, lack of crowds, and fresh wines, this tiny island has quite a bit to offer over the next few months.
According to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal, October is one of the best times to travel to Sardinia as the region resorts back to its slow pace and “ancient ways.” The Northern region, known as Gallura, is home to the Cannonau red grape and the Vermentino white grape. “The ubiquitous granite of the Gallura region confers a flinty back-bite on this aromatic fruity and fresh white wine. This flintiness combined with the grape’s natural freshness, together with the correctly created alcoholic level, results in a wine which is perfectly balanced,” remarks Jessica Ball, a Master Sommelier of the Associazione Italiana Sommelier, in the article.
At Vigne Surrau, a winery owned by the Arzachena family, approximately 10-minutes away from Porto Cervo, cellar tours have commenced and, tastings are underway. Visitors can expect to have a more intimate experience with the vintners and staff while exploring the grounds, and the onsite art gallery featuring Sardinian artists.
And lest we not forget that after a day of touring vineyards one can also relax on one of the many stunning beaches on Sardinia’s coastline. October is the perfect time to swim, sail, and fish around Costa Smeralda, 55-kilometers of rocky shores located in the northeastern region. The options for enjoying the natural beauty and “fruits” of the land are as plentiful as the waters that surround Sardinia. And the best part is that you don’t have to choose; you can have your wine, and drink it too.
[Photo by: ReneeSilverman/Flickr]
By Maria Russo
About the Author
Maria Russo is a freelance writer who loves natural wonders, good eats, ethical travel, and boutique hotels. Her work has appeared on the Huffington Post, USA Today.com, People.com and A Luxury Travel Blog, among others.
When Maria is not writing for her all-time favorite site (that would be The Expeditioner), she spends her time blogging about foreign jaunts and delectable food experiences for her site: Memoirs of a Travel & Food Addict. She is also up to no good on Twitter (@traveladdictgrl, @expedmaria).
Posted on October 12, 2010 by Maria Russo