The town of Dorgali, located on the central eastern coast of Sardinia, has a long history that can be revealed through the signs left behind from a past shrouded in mystery. Who were the populations that inhabited its vast territory since the Neolithic period? Who built the Domus de janas, the menhirs, or the dolmens that first appeared in that period? Most probably, populations such as the Greeks, the Phoenicians and men from the East first landed on its shores. Subsequently the Carthaginians, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Arabs and the Spaniards followed.
Many nations, many languages, many cultures, many stories have left behind sometimes minor and inconsistent traces or profound and lasting evidence such as, for example, the Romans. Their passage echoes the ancient name of the village of Viniola , a place where Dorgali subsequently emerged. A name and an experience that marked a part of the town’s destiny, linking it to its ancient wine culture.
Who were the people who, before the arrival of the Carthaginians and the Romans, built the Nuraghe, the tombs of the giants, the villages of the Serra Orrios, Nuraghe Arvu, Nuraghe Mannu, Nuragheddu, Bidunie, Zorzi and countless others and then drifted away and vanished in time? They were the Nuragic population, the oldest civilization in the Mediterranean. Today, all that remains of this population are their mysterious monuments. Sadly, their stories, their language, or their gods are lost. Yet perhaps, something that has remained can be found in the character of the people of Dorgali: Hard working, a good sense of humor, ironic, and a sense of hospitality. With regards to the hospitality, a hallmark of this people which links the distant past to the present is its wine and its wine "culture". Surely the Nuragic population possessed a knowledge of wine, as evidenced by the grape seeds (Cannonau) found in an archaeological site. It was, perhaps, back in their time the drink of the gods. It may have contributed to the sealing of friendships, bringing joy and conviviality and assisted in the sacred chanting moments of worship. Even today, in Dorgali, there is not one family which does not produce its own wine. “For wine is not only intended for the body but also for the spirit”. Wine, for Dorgali’s population equals first and foremost friendship and then hospitality, communication, and imagination. Wine is always a tale: One of weather events, expectations of rain, trepidation, hope, fatigue, landscapes, stories of happy and sad hours, of recollections of people who, in these stories continue to live on forever. The nature of Dorgali’s people is linked to: Its landscape, its light, its diversity, and its unfathomable mystery. In Dorgali, one may witness spectacular sunsets setting over the clear mountains of Oliena as well as sunsets over the purple-hued mountains of Lula. However, sunrises are invisible as the sun suddenly appears from behind Mount Bardia, still "fragrant" from Gonone’s sea where it emerged from and then climbed over the mount. This is the kind of schizophrenic light that ferments in the character of the people. It is a mixture of seriousness and joy, simplicity and irony and a sense of reality and fantasy. It is not just the dance of light between the sunrise over the sea and the incredible sunsets over the mountains that nourishes the imagination of the people of Dorgali and their talent for art. One must also consider the surprising variety of its territory:
One goes from the wild majestic beauty of Supramonte to the solemn sea of Cala Gonone, from the sweetness of the countryside with all its vineyards and olive trees, to the secrets of the Gorropu Gorge, from the Oleanders of the Cedrino river, to the mystery of the caves of the Bue Marino, and finally to the silence of the voices of the village of Serra Orrios. Not to be overlooked are the extensive Oak forests, the vast expanses of Rosemary, Strawflowers and of Peony Roses.
The territory, passion and quality.