Maculan is an eponymously named family winery which put the Breganze DOC in Vicenza in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy on the map under Fausto Maculan. He returned from wine school in 1970 and began running the struggling family estate that was then focussed on producing cheap bulk wines. He reduced yields and adopted a more modern winemaking style with cultured yeast and judicious use of oak. From the mid-1980s Fausto Maculan became the leading name in Breganze. Maculan’s experience of travelling in both France and California led him to plant international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc, doing so at high vine densities to reduce yields per vine. He aimed for clear, fresher-tasting wines having invested in more modern winemaking equipment. He aged wines in new French oak barrels and developed renowned dessert wines Acininobili and his signature wine Torcolato from nobly rotten and dried Vespaiola grapes respectively.
Owner: The Maculan family. Fausto Maculan (second generation) and his daughter Angela Maculan (third generation).
Acininobili: From nobly rotten Vespaiola grapes.
Torcolato: A passito or dried grape wine made from Vespaiola. | 1989 Scrummily pungent and deep ( Mark & Julie’s, Saturday 21 May 1994). | 2009 100% Vespaiola, 13%. 2,000 half bottles.
Via Castelletto, 3
I-36042 Breganze (VI), Italy
Tel+39 0445 873733 | www.maculan.net/en
Oz Clarke 2015, Oz Clarke Wine A-Z (Pavilion, 2015), p.57.
Daniel Thomases in The Oxford Companion to Wine 3rd edition ed. Jancis Robinson MW (Oxford University Press, 2006) p.103