Maculan, Family Winemakers in Breganze
For three generations the Maculan family has been selecting and vinifying the best grapes in Breganze, an enchanting village, set like a small jewel at the foot of the Alps in the Veneto region. The high plains of Asiago offer natural protection and create an extremely mild climate that favors the cultivation of vines and olives. It isn't a coincidence that in the 500s, the Venetian nobility already preferred to spend their summers in this area, sojourning in the splendid villas perfectly designed by the great architect, Andrea Palladio.
The Maculan Farm
consists of 15 hectares of estate owned vineyards in the commune of Breganze. 24 additional hectares are leased within the DOC zone of Breganze. Maculan also works with other growers, managing production of up to 50 hectares in the DOC zone of Breganze.
It can be said that FAUSTO MACULAN was born to make wine since he was delivered in the very space that is his office today. This is the most likely sign of his destiny. In fact, at the age of 13, during school vacations, he worked in the winery. Unable to deny his salesman's instinct, he began to visit customers, while accompanied by a driver of course, since he wasn't yet old enough to have his own license. At the age of 14, despite his love of classical studies, his insightful father enrolled him at the school of enology in Conegliano, where he graduated with honors in 1970. He then completed an obligatory year of military service as an official of the Alpine Corps, which is well known to boast a good report with wine. "Give to Caesar that which is Caesar's." And so Fausto found his true calling, managing the viticultural, productive and commercial aspects of the family business. His motto was, "A small winery making great products. "
In fact, in a very difficult period for winemaking in this part of Italy, Fausto made the courageous decision to improve the quality of his wines, dedicating all of his energy and time to this endeavor .
He studied constantly, traveled to the best winemaking areas in the world, and boldly experimented, at times arousing incredulity in his observers. These efforts helped to improve the winery's image and brought the company to the highest qualitative levels enabling Fausto to offer his supporters a complete selection of quality white wines, important red wines and delicious dessert wines. Since 1985, he has been the Course Director for the Association of Italian Sommeliers (AIS). He also collaborates with the magazines L'Enotecnico and Vin Veneto. He is recognized as an expert taster and has been nominated to judge wine competitions at a national and international level. Because of his gourmet tastes and excellent speaking ability, he is often sought out to speak at food and wine related events throughout Italy and abroad. One of his most vivid memories is still his first trip to America where, unable to speak English, he felt great shame and described himself as a fool.
Returning home, he plunged head first, as in all of his activities, into studying, having decided to make English his second language. Even if he hasn't mastered perfect pronunciation, he has realized a new way to communicate his love of wine to the world and above all to contribute to the ever-improving quality and image of Italian wine. Another stimulus to his educational efforts fell to him when in 1998 he was named President of the Promotional Commission for the Wines of the Veneto. At age 50, Fausto Maculan remains enthusiastic about his profession: eager to grow his knowledge, and curious about new experimentation. He continues to travel the world, speaking on the subject of wine, yet never failing, on his every return home, to dedicate himself - body and soul - to the wine and winery that were his birthplace.
In 2007 ANGELA and MARIA VITTORIA, Fausto's daughters, became officially part of the winery. Angela, born in 1977, the same year of Fratta, since she was young she shows her passion for wine. When she was old enough to use the scissor, she started picking grapes for pocket money and as she grew, she continued to help the winery workers in all their activities. When she was 19, she accompanied her father for the first time on a business tour. Since then her job became representing the family winery around the world on a global stage and she is very proud of it. Maria Vittoria was born in 1985, like one of the most famous wine of the winery, Acininobili. Since she was young, she has spent her days in the winery. When she was 10 years old, for the first time she accompanied her school friends into a guided tour of the winery, showing them which was her father's job. Her passion for the winery grew with her and after the lyceum, she decided to attend the Oenological and Viticulture Science University of Padua.
She gradueted last year with laude.
All the three promise great wine for the future.