The Cannonau Vine
Cannonau is the most common red grape variety in Sardinia. From an ampleographic point of view, the characteristics of Cannonau are mainly found in the leaf, which is reniform or orbicular, completely smooth and hairless, and bright shiny green in color, with regular toothed edges. The woody shoots are light in color, with short internodes. The grape cluster is tight and medium sized with a cylindrical – conical shape, with medium to small, dark purple grapes that are rich with pink colored wax and juice, and a characteristic aroma. The harvesting period is medium – late season (end of September). From an agronomic point of view, Cannonau is a rather vigorous vine, with an average production. It has a remarkable ability to adapt, which justifies its findings in many areas that have very different climate and soils. Cannonau is produced throughout Sardinia, with the exception of unsuitable lands that are excessively calcareous, with weak thickness and steep slopes, or those of recent alluvial and hydromorphic soils of the coastal areas affected by the events of alkalinization and salinisation.