When LITTLEWINE met the Maule Family
We are sitting with Angiolino Maule, together with his son Alessandro and wife-to-be, soon mother-to-be, Brit Emma Bentley, drinking one of the most refreshing sparkling wines we’ve had all year - their Garg’n’Go. It’s early summer, and our skin is warm but the air is still cool with a faint breeze washing over us. We find that we're suddenly acutely aware of a deep sense of peace. It is one of those rare moments of calm, before the summer sun starts beating down hard, and before the madness of getting the vineyards over the final pre-harvest hurdle commences.
Not only are we calm, but we're also grateful to be in the presence of such familial devotion and dedication. Alessandro and Emma are clearly deeply in love, with teenage-like grins, embarking on the start of their life together. On our last night with them, as we sit eating pasta, they announce that they are getting married… tomorrow. Our forks and knives clatter to our plates and we stare at the meal in front of us, somewhat gobsmacked.
After a brief moment, we snap back to life and look up at them, smiling from ear to ear. It's the kind of smile that comes from deep within.
That’s the thing with the Maule family; they exude calmness, hospitality, love, generosity. Calm, however, in this instance, goes hand in hand with drive and determination. Alessandro and Emma have chosen to spend the night before their wedding in the company of a group of wine professionals, and we get the feeling that really, there’s nowhere else they’d rather be. Growing and making wine for them is not just a job; it is their life; and that is etched on their faces.