For three generations the Maculan family has been selecting and vinifying the best grapes in Breganze, an enchanting village at the foot of the Alps in Italy’s Veneto region. While the surrounding mountains protect the area from cold winds, creating a perfect microclimate for the cultivation of vineyards, it is Fausto Maculan’s drive and commitment that sets these wines apart and distinguishes Maculan as an innovative, dynamic winery. Continually at the forefront of any dessert wine discussion, Fausto Maculan has received numerous accolades from the world’s most esteemed wine critics.
It can be said that Fausto Maculan was born to make wine, having been birthed in the very building that today houses his office at the Maculan winery. At age 13, he began working at the winery during school vacations and visiting customers with the assistance of a driver (he was too young to have a license).
At the age of 14, Fausto enrolled at the famed 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, a division of the Italian Army known to boast a good rapport with wine. Finally, Fausto realized his true calling, managing the viticultural, productive and commercial aspects of the family business, under the credo of “a small winery making great products.”
Despite a particularly difficult period for winemaking in the Veneto region during this time, Fausto made a courageous decision to invest in improving the quality of his wines, dedicating all his energy and resources to this endeavor. He studied diligently, traveled to the best winemaking areas in the world, including Bordeaux, France, and boldly experimented with his wines — at times arousing incredulity in observers. These efforts bolstered the Maculan winery image, bringing the company to its highest levels and enabling Fausto to offer his customers a complete selection of high-quality whites, impressive reds and delicious dessert wines.
Since 1985, Fausto has been the course director for the Association of Italian Sommeliers (AIS). He is also recognized as an expert taster, nominated to judge both national and international wine competitions. In 2007, Angela and Maria Vittoria, Fausto’s daughters, officially joined Maculan’s operations; Angela travels the world to represent the winery and Maria Vittoria graduated from the Oenological and Viticulture Science University of Padua to follow in her father’s winemaking footsteps.
Location of Vineyards
The Maculan farm comprises 37 acres of estate-owned vineyards in the charming town of Breganze. Located in the Veneto region about 12 miles north of Vicenza and roughly equidistant from Verona and Venice, Maculan also has contracts with growers of another 125 vineyard acres within the Breganze DOC. The location of Breganze at the southernmost foothills of the Dolomite Alps provides perfect southern exposures along with protection from central European winters.
Designed by Fausto himself, the winery is one of the most stunning small wineries in Italy, an amazing mixture of ingenuity and style. The architecture provides the theatre for a marvelous combination of antique tradition and modern innovation using the latest winemaking technology. Long-held family traditions are respected, from using specially selected vineyards and the careful selection of grape bunches, to aging in new, small oak barrels, to conservation of the grapes on racks for the production of Torcolato. The fusion of tradition and innovation results in a selection of fresh and fruity whites, well-structured reds and delicious dessert wines.