Alessandro Maule, natural wine and wine tourism
Alessandro Maule VinNatur

Alessandro Maule, natural wine and wine tourism

Alessandro Maule is a counsellor for VinNatur. Along with his family he owns and runs La Biancara farmstead. From Saturday 8th to monday 10th April Officine Turistiche will be at Villa Favorita natural wine tasting, the year’s most important event organised by Alessandro’s organisation. Just one month prior to the event we ‘ve met him, to ask him a few questions about Natural Wine and Wine tourism.

  • OT: Although natural winemaking is not thoroughly regulated in Italy, what does the expression Natural Wine stand for, in your opinion?
  • Alessandro: It is most certainly a wine produced in a natural way both in the vineyards and in the winery, with no chemicals at all. *

  • OTFrom the 8th to 10th April a new edition of the usual wine tasting occurrence will be held at Villa Favorita, Why is this event so important?
  • Alessandro: For 14 years this happening has been the best way to get to know natural wines along with its producers, connoisseurs, importers and restaurateurs.

  • OT: At Officine Turistiche we believe that wine tourism is an effective way to discover our country’s territory, history and culture through the products and the people. What do you think about wine tourism?
  • AlessandroI believe it’s the best way to understand where the wines we enjoy drinking are created. In my free time I’m a bit of a wine tourist too, as I always try and visit other vineyards and wineries to learn something new.

  • OTDo you find any analogy between your philosophy and our spirit at Officine Turistiche, which is that of a tourism made of hikes, bike tours and low-environmental-impact mobility?
  • Alessandro: We do the same when it comes to winemaking. We try to get great results by respecting the environment.

  • OTWhat do you like about tourists who come visit your facilities?
  • Alessandro: I like people who have no prejudices. Although they are not experts, they ask stimulating and constructive questions.

  • OT: Is there anything at all that bothers you about visitors?
  • Alessandro: To be fair, the only thing that annoys me is when people do not stick to timetables.

*“I accept and defend what is given to my by the Earth, without the need to correct, add or remove anything just to have something more. I’ve always been deeply convinced of the utmost importance of my land and my vineyard. A great land and vineyard do not need chemicals. The production of good natural wines is extremely satisfactory and lets you look the consumer in the eye, knowing that you’re offering him good, honest wine. For many years I did struggle to meet someone who could understand the meaning of natural wine.” – Angiolino Maule

Cover photo by Emma Bentley at Emmabentleyvino

About Author

Guido Clerici
Guido Clerici | Photographer since 1990, belongs to the Ordine dei Giornalisti (Italy’s Order of Journalists) since 2004. He has published covers, articles and advertisements on major Italian and international magazines (GQ Italy, GQ Germany, GQ Russia, GQ Spain, AD Russia, Traveller Russia, Max, Abitare, Interni), portraying national and international celebrities such as John Malkovich, Casey Stoner, Chef Cracco, Vico Magistretti, Winton Marsalis, Pistorius and many others. He works with companies and architecture and design studios making pictures for brochures, catalogues, and websites. He has been represented by Grazia Neri, Italy’s main photographic agency, and Agenzia LUZphoto of Milan. Beside photography, he works in the food-and-wine and tourism field. Between 2010 and 2012 he earns a Travel Agency Technical Director title, a Sommelier diploma with AIS and a Cheese Taster title with ONAF. Through Officine Turistiche, a website offering environmentally friendly wine-and-food itineraries, he also offers photo shooting, websites design, and event management.