Brand Description

Argiolas is the foremost wine estate on the island of Sardinia producing archetypal wines from native varietals. Antonio Argiolas, who died in 2009 at the age of 102, inherited seven acres of vines from his father in 1938 and was the first on the island to convert to modern viticulture to pursue quality over quantity. His sons, Franco and Giuseppe, replanted the vineyards in the 1980s with the goal of reducing yields and focusing exclusively on Sardinian grapes. Joined by enologist Mariano Murru, the Argiolas family is today recognized as Sardinia’s leading wine producer.

Location of Vineyard

Sardinia is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean and lies roughly 190 miles west of Italy's mainland. The kingdom of Aragón ruled Sardinia for 400 years and many of its vines came from Spain, including Bovale Sardo, Carignano, and Cannonau. The island can be divided into three principal viticultural areas: the north, influenced by the marine influence of the Costa Smeralda which specializes in Vermentino; the southwest, where Carignano is at its best; and the Trexenta hills north of the capital of Cagliari featuring Nuragus, Monica, and Cannonau. The vineyards of Argiolas are located in the areas of Trexenta and Sulcis where the family controls 600 acres planted to native Sardinian grapes.

Winemaking Philosophy

The Argiolas family has worked diligently to become the leader in Sardinian enology and insists on using native Sardinian vines. The winery produces both a classic and prestige line of wines. The classic wines are fresh in style and bottled under various DOCs, including Vermentino di Sardegna and Cannonau di Sardegna. The late Giacomo Tachis believed southern Sardinia possessed the “true soul of the island,” and helped create the prestige offerings of Argiolas, bottled under the Isola del Nuraghi IGT and aged in French barriques. These include Korem, based on Bovale Sardo, and the benchmark Cannonau blend Turriga.

Antonio Argiolas
Argiolas Vineyard
Antonio, Francesca and Valentina Argiolas
Is Solinas
Autumn Vine
Argiolas Winery

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Winery Profile
Owner: Franco and Giuseppe Argiolas
Winemaker: Mariano Murru
Total acreage under vine: 600
Founded: 1938
Production: 2200000
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“Fresh with lemon-lime soda, grapefruit, heather and sea salt aromas, this is equally dazzling and perky on the palate. Medium in body with a lick of waxy glycerol, this has a moderately textured palate and good, citrusy length.” — acclaim for 2022 Argiolas Costamolino from The New Wine Review, Jul 2023
“Deeply charismatic on the nose with black plum jam, North African spices and dried rose petals, this is sultry and brooding. Verbose in ripe fruit flamboyance with dry tannins and contrasting, subtle and integrated acidity, the alcohol is firm and high but works in the context of the supremely rich fruit. Some toasted oak character comes through on the very long finish.” — acclaim for 2021 Argiolas Costera from The New Wine Review, Jul 2023
“Roasted plums and Mediterranean scrub soar out of the glass. Juicy at the core with bold fruit succulence and touches of smoked meat, this reverberates with deliciousness and structural balance. The nicely advanced notes of warm leather and toasted coconut add complexity. There is a Worcestershire tang and volumes of ripe red and black cherries and plums. Good length brings it home.” — acclaim for 2019 Argiolas Korem from The New Wine Review, Jul 2023
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