LA BIANCARA DI ANGIOLINO MAULE
Angiolino Maule is one of the founding figures of natural farming and wine-making in Italy. He has been setting an example in both practices since the late 1980s. He is now assisted by his two sons Francesco and Alessandro. Their estate is located in the hills of Gambellara between Verona and Vicenza where they have approx. 9 hectares of vines on South facing slopes of volcanic soil located about 150m to 250m above sea level.
In the vineyards, the farming is all-natural. The family does not use any chemicals at all and the health of the vineyard is maintained by mowing the grass between the vines, using only naturally produced plant compost (that they make on the property), controlling fungal diseases through the use of herbal teas and other natural products, and bringing back the natural balance to the soil with the sowing of cereals or legumes (oats, field beans, etc.).
In the cellars, the family also adopts a very non-interventionist approach where they have totally eliminated any products foreign to the wine such as chemically selected yeasts, enzymes, etc. They use only natural yeasts, do not filter or fine the wine, and add only a very small amount of sulphur dioxide to the wines just before bottling. For some of the wines, sulphur dioxide has been eliminated completely.
These wines are about as pure as they get. Not surprisingly, they taste just like delicious grape juice. Honestly, you won’t be able to have just one. As we say (and many of our friends can attest to this), once you started drinking these wines you won’t be able to stop and you just might get ‘Mauled’.