I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that the whole reason we started our girl’s trip in Cagliari was because I dearly wanted to visit Argiolas.
(but don’t tell them that!!)
I’ve been in love with the Costamolino for as long as I can remember. Admittedly, I flit back and forth between red and white, but I’m a white wine gal at the end of the day and the Costamolino makes my heart happy.
Argiolas is a third-generation labor of love, founded in the late 1930s by Antonio Argiolas. Their vines cover 600 acres across five estates, each one with it’s own unique soil and climate.
Argiolas wines are difficult to come by in the states. Very rarely do we find the Costamolino (and when we do, we buy it all!), or we see the Costera.
We booked our tour online. If you peek at their website, you will see a few different hospitality options, anything from a visit and tasting to a Segway tour of the vineyards.
I highly recommend you request to use the shuttle service offered when you book. We didn’t want to drive and taxi’d out to the winery; the cost was a bit ridiculous and the shuttle back per person more realistic.
Francesca was our guide and she was both an amazing wealth of knowledge about the Argiolas wines and family’s wine making process, in addition to being the consummate tasting hostess.
Initially we booked the Original, but switched to the Top when we arrived. In hindsight, we should have went with the Prestige for our tasting.
We ran into a small group of Americans who were working on a web series, Sip Trip Italy, focused on exploring culture through beverage. Led by New York-based beverage professional Jeff Porter, we can’t wait to see their work when it’s available.
There is a cozy wine shop on the grounds and we took advantage of that opportunity to purchase a few special bottles to take home.
I purchased a bottle of the Turriga for my husband and I can’t wait until we open it! I’ve already enjoyed one of two bottles of the Is Argiolas (yum) I brought home and I’m loathe to drink the second.
What is your favorite Sardinian wine? I’d love to hear what you enjoy and why!