The Wine: Masieri Bianco 2017
White wine from Veneto, Northeastern Italy, made from Veneto region native grape varietal Garganega and Trebbiano by legendary natural winemaker Angiolino Maule. The grapes are farmed organically. Spontaneous fermentation, unfined and unfiltered. This is a vegan wine.
The Winery: La Biancara, Angiolino Maule
La Biancara was born in 1988 by Angiolino Maule and his wife, Rosamaria. Before, they had worked for twelve years as pizza makers, but now they are dedicating themselves to the viticulture, their passion. At the beginning of the 80s, they bought a plot of land, about six hectares, in the hills of Sorio di Gambellara, where they built their house and winery. In these first years, they planted a lot of their vineyards.
Both in the vineyard and in the cellar, Nature is the core idea of our personal wine philosophy, which, from the beginning, is always expressed by our production. Our first label was Sassaia, a white wine which, even now, expresses in the best way our land and vine variety: Garganega. From the beginning, our work and vision is characterized by the constant research of quality and ecological integrity.
Nowadays Angiolino works with his sons Francesco, Alessandro, Giacomo, and Tommaso. We work together and we had built a new winery and bought other vineyards, but we always try to improve ourselves and the authenticity of our wines is a must. Currently, the expansion of the vineyards owned is about eleven hectares and four hectares are rented, two of these are on Sossano's hills (Colli Berici), an ideal area to cultivate Grenache. All the vineyards are between 90 and 260 meters above sea level.
La Biancara is a family-run business, and we want it last so at all the stages: the work in the vineyard, in the cellar and the sales. Furthermore, we have a hundred old olive trees and some cherry-trees, figs, apricots and peach-trees with which Rosamaria produce jam by adding only sugar.
The Region: Veneto
Veneto is one of the most important wine regions of Italy, located in the North Eastern corner of the Italian peninsula. It borders with Trentino-Alto Adige (north), Friuli-Venezia Giulia (north-east), Emilia-Romagna (south), and Lombardy (west).
The capital of Veneto is Venice, which is also its most populous city, followed by Verona, Padua, Vicenza, Treviso, and Rovigo. The east coast of Lake Garda, the biggest Italian lake, is part of Veneto and so is the tract of Alpine foothills called Venetian Prealps.
Veneto is the leading Italian region for the quantity of wine produced – even though wine-producing regions such as Piedmont, Tuscany, Lombardy, Puglia, and Sicily all have bigger territories.
Some of its most famous wines are Amarone della Valpolicella, Valpolicella, Soave, and of course Prosecco. Other less known but equally delicious wines are Recioto della Valpolicella, Recioto di Gambellara, Raboso del Piave, and Bardolino.
Veneto’s main characteristic is perhaps the great variety of wine types produced, obtained mostly from indigenous grape varietals – Corvina, Glera, and Garganega being the most common.
This is due as much to its specific geography and climate as it is to rather peculiar winemaking techniques such as the grape drying technique employed to make Amarone della Valpolicella, Veneto’s most famous red wine.