It’s hard to find a “young” man as enthusiastic, knowledgeable and determined as Sauro Maule.
Sauro comes from a strong agricultural lineage. His father, Lino, a distinguished and considered man, raised cattle for more than 30 years.
In 2010, aged 25, Sauro made the decision turn the company into one which grows grapes and makes wine. Admirably, he knew that he wanted chemical, herbicide and pesticide-free vineyards, and even ripped up existing vineyards which had been worked industrially in order to start afresh.
2011 was his first year to make wine… which he did in Angiolino Maule‘s cellar. Angiolino played an important role, guiding, teaching and inspiring Sauro. (n.b. despite bearing the same surname, the two Maules are not related.)
This year, 2017, will be his first year making wine in his own winery – situated in the old family property near San Germano dei Berici, in the little-known Colli Berici. The cattle shed has now become a pristine wine cellar.
Sauro’s vineyards are essentially split in two: his white wines, loosely speaking, come from Selva di Montebello and Gambellara (on predominantly volcanic basalt soils) and the red wines on the Colli Berici (where it is heavily limestone.)
In terms of the grape varieties at his disposal, Sauro works with garganega, durella, pinot grigio, chardonnay, sauvignon, merlot, cabernet sauvignon and tocai rosso. He makes five different wines: two whites, two reds and a sparkling.
The video above was taken in October 2016 and it shows a truckload of manure arriving to fertilise the soils for a new plantation of tocai rosso. Don’t focus too much on the manure – think instead how lush and unspoilt the area is!
Some of Sauro’s vineyards (especially those in Selva) were badly hit by the late frost this spring and as a result, Sauro’s production this year will be lower than usual.
That said, I am sure that he will continue to make the same great, fresh, unfiltered wines that he always has. They are fruit-forward (how I hate that term!) and juicy, with only minimal levels of sulfur dioxide added. Check them out!
Visit: 24th August 2017