Empson USA Jankara

Fact Sheet


Location: Sant'Antonio di Gallura, Province of Olbia-Tempio, Sardinia, Italy.

Jankara Winery was founded by Renato and Angela Spanu in 2006 when they purchased 21 acres of virgin hillside soil. Today the winery has 11 acres under vine. The Spanus are now flanked by winemaker Gianni Menotti, Gambero Rosso Enologist of the Year in 2006.

Points of Differentiation

  • Renato Spanu is a native Sardinian with an affinity for Vermentino
  • Crushed granite soils provide excellent drainage for the vines
  • Large fluctuations between day and night time temperature help the grapes build strong aromatic properties
  • Constant winds in the area protect the vineyards from high heat and flying pests
  • Located between a large lake and Sardinia’s second highest mountain

The History

Renato was born in Gallura, the northeasternmost portion of Sardinia. The area’s crushed granite soils are ideal for draining and endow local wines with increased complexity and minerality. Renato and Angela Spanu purchased 21 acres of virgin hillside in 2006, planting 11 acres of Vermentino, in February 2008.

Winemaker Gianni Menotti flanks the Spanus. Gianni Menotti was crowned Best Wine Maker by Bibenda in 2012 and was complimented 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, who could not be happier about receiving this 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 career.”

The Terroir

The property is located between the towns of Luras and Sant’ Antonio di Gallura, near Lake Liscia in the highlands of Gallura. The prestigious sub-zone called Vena di San Leonardo, which runs from Lake Liscia to the territory around the minuscule, medieval country church of San Leonardo.

Within this vein Jankara’s Vermentino vineyards sit on the cru of Giannaghe, "Jannaca” in the local dialect, facing another historic cru called “Karana.” The names of the two crus were combined to create the winery’s name Jankara.

The microclimate is superb, influenced by the vast lake and the island’s second highest mountain, Limbara. Jankara is located in the middle, with northeasterly exposure at 985 feet above sea level. It enjoys hot days and cool nights throughout the most critical months of the growing season.

The winds in the area continuously blow, keeping temperatures down and help to control pests and disease. The perfect conditions to grow quality grapes.