|Renato was born in Gallura, the north-eastern most portion of the island. The area’s crushed granite soils are ideal for draining and endow local wines with enriched complexity and minerality. Renato and Angela Spanu purchased 21 acres of virgin hillside soil in 2006, planting 11 acres entirely of Vermentino, in February 2008. The property is located between the towns of Luras and Sant’ Antonio di Gallura, near lake Liscia. In Renato’s words: ”Our vineyard is in the highlands of Gallura, in the heart of a prestigious sub-zone called Vena di San Leonardo, which runs from Lake Liscia to the territory around the miniscule, medieval country church of San Leonardo. Within this ”vein”, our Vermentino vines lie on a particular cru called ”Giannaghe” - ”Jannaca” in the local dialect, facing another historic cru called ”Karana”-that, in fact, is how the name ”Jankara” came to be: JAN-naca-KARAna. The micro climate is superb, influenced as it is by the vast lake and the island’s second highest mountain, Limbara. Jankara is right in the middle, northeasterly exposed at 985 feet above sea level. It enjoys hot days and cool nights throughout the most important months of the growing season. Pair that with the winds that constantly clean the air, keep temperatures down and maintain the vineyard clear of pests and disease, and you have the perfect conditions to grow quality grapes!”
The Spanus are now flanked by winemaker Gianni Menotti, Gambero Rosso Enologist of the Year 2006. Renato is thrilled to report that “Gianni has followed the entire vinification process, and you can already tell from the style of the new wine: less filtration, and amazing attention to detail etc. He is truly fantastic and 100% on top of things, even more so than I am!” Gianni Menotti was crowned Best Wine Maker at the 2012 Wine Oscars hosted by Bibenda. Bibenda compliment Gianni in an article saying that, for thirty years he has been dedicated to respecting the identity and personality of the grapes from Italy. His skills come as part of a career that is unparalleled in excellence. Gianni could not be happier about receiving this most prestigious award, was very humble in saying, “This is the crown to all of the years of hard work and sacrifices that have made up my professional carrier.”
After much sacrifice and very hard work, the couple along with the help of their new partners Angelo and Denise, have come to create Jankara; a true expression of their love of wine and the amazing ancient land called Gallura.