Argiolas Merì

Merì Vermentino di Sardegna DOC bottle image

Wine Description

Argiolas is the foremost wine estate on the island of Sardinia producing archetypal wines from native varietals. The winery was founded in 1938 by Antonio Argiolas and was the first on the island to pursue quality over quantity. Today, the Argiolas family is recognized as Sardinia’s leading producer of wine.

Sardinia is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean and lies roughly 190 miles west of Italy's mainland. The vineyards of Argiolas are located in Serdiana in the Trexenta hills just north of the capital of Cagliari. Argiolas farms 600 acres of native Sardinian grapes including Nuragus, Monica, and Cannonau.

Merì Vermentino is an experimental wine conceived by Argiolas’ technical director Mariano Murru along with the Italian Ministry of Research’s “Project Vinex.” The goal is to study and identify the most suitable harvesting techniques to preserve aromas and reduce the use of sulphur. Merì is harvested with a specially designed machine that chills the grapes with dry ice as they’re picked.

Antonio Argiolas
Argiolas Vineyard
Antonio, Francesca and Valentina Argiolas
Is Solinas
Autumn Vine
Argiolas Winery
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“Plenty of pear, green melon and green apple aromas follow through to a medium body, with bright fruit and a steely undertone. Bitter lemon at the end. Flavorful in the finish.” — James Suckling, Oct 2023
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Vineyard & Production Info
Soil composition
Calcareous Clay-Loam
Training method
660 feet
3.2 tons
Harvest time:
First vintage of this wine:
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Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
100% Vermentino
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
15-20 days
Fermentation temperature:
59 °F
Type of aging container:
Stainless steel tanks
Total SO2
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Analytical Data
pH level:
5.7 g/L
13.5 %
Dry extract:
21.5 g/L
Total SO2
Residual sugar:
1.27 g/L