Cantine Spanu has its deep roots in time, starting from 1773, with its founder Giovanni Maria Spanu, who planted the first vineyard in the Iloghe jump, one of the most fertile in the entire area, from which the name of the wine of the same name.
It was a very rare thing for the period, as the modest vineyard plots were usually located in the immediate urban outskirts, Sa Costa, Filieri, Murisinu, just to name a few. The origins of the toponym Iloghe, according to some studies carried out by a scholar, passionate about local history and traditions, seem to be attributable to the morphological characteristics of those lands, whose largely alluvial and volcanic origin were the distinctive characteristics of that leap, as well represent Sas Paules, (the swamps) now dried up, of Oddonue, Biriddo, Porcarzos, just to name a few, from whose Latin name "Idiles" (swamp) which, joining the suffix "oghe", from the mouth, gave origin to "Idiloghe", which with the passage of time, and the fall of the intervocalic D, gave rise to ILOGHE.
We cannot fail to mention the importance of that jump in the Nuragic era, judging by the evidence of the finds found, and by the numerous and important settlements, which have come down to our days in a good state of conservation, such as Serra Orrios, the nuraghe of Su Casteddu, Biristeddi, to name the most important and best preserved. The ungrafted vines were mainly native cannonau, but later a varietal clone of cannonau, coming from Spain, was then added, probably the result of the first commercial contacts that took place in the small port of Cala Gonone. With the advent of the infrastructural works in Sardinia, carried out by the Savoy and the construction of one of the most important road arteries of the time, such as the Carlo Felice, in the early twenties, which crossed the island from Cagliari to Porto Torres, Numerous workers came to the island, including another ancestor of mine, Pasquale Caroti, a true Tuscan, producer of ceramics and winegrower in Impruneta, together with his wife Anna Frizzi, from whom Luigi Caroti was born, who later became Carotti, to because of the writing errors of the employees of the local registry. The cultivation of vines and winemaking continued with the children beyond the brick and tile production activities, becoming an important reality in the provincial area, and at the first industrial bakery in the country, which was then closed immediately after the war.
"Keep it going"
Maddalena, my grandmother, the third of five children, then married Giovanni Maria Spanu, my grandfather. In 1912 he founded together with the Mulas, Murgia, Carotti families, which are also related to each other, the first social wine cooperative of Dorgali, in the Oddoene jump commonly called Vigna Sociale. Thus, a land that had previously been considered marginal and unsuitable for the cultivation of vines, although rich in water, was cleared, thus creating the first viticultural system of the leap, which the heirs of these families still manage today. At ILOGHE in 2007 I replanted the first vineyard, where still in the old stone house, built by my great-grandfather Pietro Spanu in the upper part of the vineyard, the wall containers are still preserved, almost intact, used for the fermentation of the grapes, which were vinified on site. The finished product was then transported to the cool and renowned cellars, with the characteristic brick rib vaults, located in the ancient district of Goritto, where the present one stands.
This winery is the important witness to the history of a small community of skilled winemakers, but also goldsmiths, artisans, breeders and traders, who have always stood out for their industriousness, ingenuity and innovation. Currently Dorgali, occupies the fourth place in Sardinia for hectares of vineyard area, counting an important social cellar, inserted in the first places on the island for the number of hectoliters of wine produced. This tells the story of a family, which looking proudly and consciously at the best of its centuries-old tradition, intends to project it, confident in the future, with the hope and the burden of being able to transfuse ancient knowledge into an innovative oenological project capable of deduce and synthesize its most original potential.