7-day wine tour Sardinia, Italy
Most important features
- 7 DAYS – 6 NIGHTS
- Countries visited: Sardinia (Italy)
During this 7-day wine tour to Sardinia you will discover a unique island with unique wines and delicious foods. After arriving in the northern city of Olbia, you will first continue north, then along the west coast to taste different wines at small-sized wine estates until you will finally reach Cagliari in the south. Along the way you will see beautiful white beaches, the azure blue sea for which Sardinia is so famous and beautiful towns and villages. Your Sardinia wine tour ends in Cagliari, the largest city in the south of this beautiful and special wine island.
- Glass of wine as a welcome drink at your hotel
- 6 wine tastings
- 1 night in a wine hotel
- Discover the unique wines of Sardinia
- Join a yoga session in the vineyards
- Segway tour through the vineyards with a local wine expert
- See the beautiful white beaches and azure blue sea of Sardinia
- Discover and taste delicious local regional products, including cheese, olive oil and cold cuts
- Visit the cultural UNESCO World Heritage Site of Nuraghi
- Visit the archaeological site of Nuoro
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN SARDINIA – GALLURA (D)
Today you will arrive in the largest city in the north of Sardinia, Olbia. Upon arrival, you will be transferred from the airport to your hotel near Santa Teresa Gallura. On the way to your hotel you will be welcomed into one of the most spectacular wineries on the island, with modern glass and wooden architecture blending perfectly with the beautifully surrounding vineyards. After a visit to the winery, you will be able to taste the local award-winning Vermentino di Gallura wine : a dry, full-bodied white wine made from the Vermentino grape with a light sea note, white flowers, lemon and stone fruit, combined with strong pecorino cheese. After check-in at your hotel, the rest of the day is at your own leisure. Later in the evening, dinner is scheduled in Porto Cervo on the famous piazzetta just a few steps from the sea.
Overnight in Santa Teresa di Gallura.
DAY 2: GALLURA – SASSARI – ALGHERO (B, L, D)
After breakfast you will head towards Sassari for a stop at an organic wine producer overlooking the Gulf of Asinara and tasting the most delicious organic Cannonau. Lunch is served in a rural agriturismo serving local meats and vegetable dishes, combined with local olive oil and wine. In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to visit the world-famous archaeological heritage of the Nuraghi: Bronze Age structures believed to have had defensive purposes for the Nuragic civilization. A stop at the breathtaking beaches nearby should also not be missed.
In the evening, you will arrive at a wine resort near Alghero in time for a wine and olive oil tasting at sunset. This is followed by a delicious selection of cheese, charcuterie, carasau bread, sweet Mirto wine and Sardinian biscuits from small local producers. The olive oil and wines are from the resort itself.
Overnight in the Alghero area.
DAY 3: ALGHERO – BOSA – ORISTANO (B, L, D) or ALGHERO – NUORO (B, L, D)
Today you have two options:
- Either you choose the coastal side and discover the town of Bosa
- Either you may want to discover the archaeological site of Nuoro
Option 1: Bosa
Today after breakfast you will continue your journey south along the west coast. The west coast of Sardinia is also called the Coral Coast because of the wealth of red coral that has been harvested here for jewellery since Roman times. As you descend further towards Oristano, you will travel on the highway 105 between Alghero and Bosa. Along the way you can see beautiful landscapes passing by. After this beautiful drive, you will have a stop in the pretty town of Bosa, located along the Temo River, for a stroll through the village. Here you can taste Malvasia di Bosa DOC wine with some fried seafood in a restaurant in a nice setting.
From Bosa you go further south towards Oristano. On the way you will make a stop on the Sinis peninsula and admire the famous quartz beach. It is believed that the Phoenicians brought vines here in 800 BC. This is how the local white wine Vernaccia di Oristano DOC was born. The first official mention of the Vernaccia di Oristano wine was in 1327. This wine can be made in a variety of styles, from dry to sweet, and even a sherry-like version. The dinner is devoted to the discovery of this type of wine in a wine restaurant.
Overnight in Oristano.
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Option 2: Nuoro
Today you will leave the Alghero area and travel east towards Nuoro. Once an isolated hilltop village, Nuoro experienced its cultural renaissance in the 19th and early 20th centuries when it became a hotspot of artistic talent. The spectacular granite rocks of Monte Ortobene (955 meters) make up the background for a 7-meter-high bronze statue of the Redentore (Christ the Redeemer). A truly beautiful environment with unique landscapes. After a panoramic tour of the interior of the island, you will enjoy Guttiau and Carasau bread that will be served for lunch in one of the most evocative and exclusive locations on the entire island. After lunch, you will have the opportunity to discover the hotel’s herb garden and vineyard where you will spend the rest of the day and night. The rest of the afternoon is free to enjoy the hotel’s great facilities. You will be offered an aperitif, Sardinian bubbles and local snacks that you can taste while enjoying the view of the Barbagia mountains. Hereafter, dinner is served in the cosily furnished wine cellar decorated with different objects from the past centuries.
Overnight in Nuoro.
Do you want both options? Then you can do this by planning an extra day.
DAY 4: (NUORO -) ORISTANO – SULCIS (B, L, D)
After breakfast, if you have chosen Nuoro, you will first travel to Oristano (option 2). Once arrived at Oristano (options 1 and 2), you will continue the journey south and visit a region with special vines and wines. One of these is Carignano del Sulcis DOC: the hot, dry climate and sandy soils make any treatment against diseases and others almost impossible. Thanks to the local climate, it has become a strong and quite resistant grape variety over the years. The Carignano wines are often rich, assertive and bursting with flavour. You can often taste sweet spices, macchia, tobacco and dark fruit together with a high alcohol content that is typical of hot climates.
After lunch in the wine cellar, you will discover a different type of Cannonau wine. Although the Cannonau di Sardegna DOC covers the entire island, top producers are clustered in the eastern half of the interior. Stops will be made along the way to admire the endless rolling hills, lonely nuraghe and their sheep! Dinner is held in the hotel with a selection of South Sardinian dishes such as malloreddus, culurgiones and fregola.
Overnight in Sulcis area.
DAY 5: SULCIS – SANT’ANTIOCO + CARLOFORTE ISLANDS (B, L, D)
Today you will cross to the island of Sant’Antioco, with its beautiful harbour, coloured houses and more than 1000 years of history. The Phoenicians were the main founders here. After a short introduction to the historical background of the area with its many archaeological ruins and catacombs surrounded by beautiful beaches, you will visit a wine cooperative that produces spicy red wines. Lunch is served in a traditional seaside trattoria.
Then you will take a ferry to Carloforte, the neighbouring island of Sant’Antioco. Carloforte has the feel of a chic Mediterranean place where you can take a wonderful relaxing walk through the cobbled town. Here you can enjoy a spectacular dinner on the beach with delicious pasta with bottarga. Carloforte is indeed known for tuna fishing.
Overnight in Sulcis area.
DAY 6: SULCIS – WINE DOMAIN VISIT – CAGLIARI (B, L, D)
Your last day will be spent entirely in a wine estate just north of Cagliari, specializing in the production of Nuragus, Vermentino, Cannonau (white, rose and red). The morning begins with a yoga session in the vineyard, followed by a segway tour of the estate with a winery’s wine expert. You will have the opportunity to work with the chefs to prepare your lunch, discover their recipes and gain new skills to take home! The rest of the afternoon is at leisure in Cagliari. Tonight’s farewell dinner will be a gourmet dinner in the centre of Cagliari, for an evening to remember!
Overnight in Cagliari.
DAY 7: DEPARTURE (B)
After breakfast and check-out, you will be transferred to Cagliari airport in time for your flight home. If your flight departs in the morning you will receive a transfer to the airport for your flight back home … If your flight is later in the day, you will first be offered a short tour of the city centre of Cagliari, whose history dates back to in the time of the Phoenicians. During the tour you will see Art Nouveau architecture and scenes from everyday life play out in front of you in picturesque streets.
Can’t get enough of Italy and its delicious wines? You can also extend your trip to one of the other beautiful wine regions and islands of Italy such as Sicily or the mainland, for example Tuscany. Ask us about the possibilities for a tailor-made offer without any obligation.