Does anyone know the roots of the word? Curious how Garnacha got its Sardinian name and having a hard time finding something on the roots...
To quote Wine Grapes (a must-have for any wine library), "The etymology of the name Cannonau is unknown." The Sardinians have their theories which are as of yet unproven.
Garnacha of Garnatxa is most probably from an old Catalan root which, whether the original grape was from a cross in Catalunya proper or Aragón is probable given that the language was spoken in both regions and the now barely-spoken Aragonese language is very close to Catalan.
I have heard the anecdote that it was named after cannonballs left behind in the vineyards from bombardment by the Spanish Armada. I have no reason to believe this is actually true, but I like the story.
I like a story with good imagery!
Reassuring that I just wasn't googling enough...or at least not more than Jancis...
Haven't heard that one before. While the word for 'cannon' is similar in Italian, the 'ball' bit doesn't match. Also, Spanish Armada wasn't active there as far as I know, just up in England.
Referring to the Spanish conquest of Sardinia in 1717. I make no claims of any truth to the story.