Sardinia? Seriously? Seriously. Dan and Kat spent a week here over the winter and we couldn’t wait to get back. It’s unlike any place we’ve been before. It’s a little rustic and a lot romantic. The people are friendly and genuinely happy that you came to Sardinia. The wines are underappreciated gems that are priced very well for the quality. If you are looking for something a little adventurous but not too adventurous, this is it.
Arrive in Olbia, either by plane or by ferry. Settle in to your hotel overlooking the water and relax or head out to enjoy the city. Ask Kat where the best gelato in Italy is (seriously!). Enjoy some time on your own before meeting the group for our Bacchus Discovery Dinner where you’ll dig in to some amazing wine, cheese, and charcuterie… and of course learn all about Sardinian wine.
On day two in Olbia, we’ll venture outside the city to taste some of the white wines grown in the northern part of the island. Dinner tonight is at your leisure. Make sure to try some Mirto, Sardinia’s myrtle-infused sweet and herbal liquor.
After breakfast, we’ll say ciao to Olbia and head towards Oristano. We’ll stop in Nuoro for lunch and a tour of the art museum. You’ll enjoy seeing so much of Sardinia. The landscape is pastoral and romantic. You’ll see why some of the highlands were once known for bandits. You’ll likely also see shepherds tending their flocks.
We’ll do a tasting outside Nuoro after lunch. Some of the best wines in Sardinia are produced in this area and they range from crisp whites to big, lush reds.
We’ll spend the night in Oristano, where you can relax, do a little shopping and enjoy dinner on your own.
On our way back to the coast, we’ll stop and see a pre-historic Nuraghic site. This culture lived in Sardinia thousands of years ago and had a very organized culture. They built towers all over the island. Scholars aren’t sure what they were used for. Theories range from elaborate homes for extended families to evidence of highly organized warfare and defense. What ever they were used for, they were constructed extremely well – many of them are very preserved.
After exploring the site, we’ll stop and taste some Vernaccia, Sardinia’s famed sweet wine.
We’ll finish the drive to Cagliari, check in to our hotel and take a brief walking tour of the old town. After wandering for a bit, we’ll stop by one of Kat and Dan’s favorite wine shops for an exploration and discussion of Sardinia’s natural wine producers which will be paired with local meats and cheeses.
After that, you’ll have a free evening to explore Cagliari on your own. If you’re still hungry, there are some fantastic traditional seafood restaurants nearby.
Two of Sardinia’s most well-known wine producers are in Serdiana, a small town just outside Cagliari. We’ll drive out there and taste and tour their facilities, with lunch in between.
In the afternoon, you’ll have time to relax, do some shopping or take a dinner cruise. We highly recommend taking the trek up the hill and watching the sun set into the sea. The view from up top is breathtaking.
On our last full day in Cagliari, we’ll spend some time exploring the city together. After breakfast, we’ll head up to the old walls and explore the cathedral and one of the fortress towers. After a lunch break, we’ll head over to the museums and tour through the archaeology museum. It’s got some really good exhibits on the Nuraghic culture and the history of Sardinia from prehistoric times forward. There are also several other museums nearby, if you want to learn more about Sardinia and its culture.
In the evening, we’ll all meet for a fabulous farewell dinner of traditional Sardinian cuisine, revisiting some of our favorite wines from the past few days and enjoying friends, food and wine. Sadly, this marks the end of this journey. Not ready to head home yet? Rome, Florence and Venice are all short flights away.