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.