Around the world!

Around the world!

by Thomas Malatesta

Thomas Malatesta

Thomas Malatesta

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Thomas Malatesta, a young Friulian winemaker who travelled across continents to mature professionally and personally. Now Thomas wants to gather in a book all his adventures and his knowledge learned in many years of traveling. A diary that holds his precious thoughts and his discoveries. Moments that Thomas wants to share with those who, like him, love the earth, the wine and the travel in its essence.

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About the project

I always thought that the art of wine making is not a common profession but something wonderful and exciting, never boring and repetitive. A job that combines people and places, to spread knowledge and culture, to create happiness and sharing in every part of the world.

For this reason almost fifteen years ago, I decided to study enology and viticulture. After graduation, however, I felt the desire to escape from the small region where I grew up, Friuli, in Italy.

I took the courage and I put my world in a suitcase to begin a long tour across continents, eager to learn and work in new cellars and wineries. First stop in Tuscany, Montalcino, and then farther and farther, starting from the Southern hemisphere. In Chile I lived the experience that changed my life forever. I studied the technique of carbonic maceration with a French winemaker and I realized my dream: produce my wines. In 2012 Malatesta wines were born, natural, without sulfites, clarifications or stabilization.

After Chile I’ve never stopped. I have continued travelling, pursuing my passion, learning new techniques and knowing new realities. I flew to New Zealand and Australia where I worked hard growing from a professional point of view. But not only. It was a journey of discovery and personal growth.

Every day I live again in my mind the horizons that I admired, the meetings that enriched me, the flavors and the aromas that inebriated me. During these moments an idea appeared in my mind: why not gather my adventures in a book?

My memories and feelings could be a source of inspiration for those who, like me, love the earth, the wine but also the thrill of the journey, the thrill that pervades body and mind when we meet unknown faces and smiles.

This is why I turn to you, future relatives and friends, asking you to support my project. It is a journey that I want to share with you, from the first page, chapter after chapter. This diary will guard my precious memories.

I imagine myself one day flipping through the pages of my book, reliving every story. And I know for sure that I will be grateful to life and to each of you.

Thomas Malatesta

The Winemaker

Thomas Malatesta, after his graduation in oenology at the University of Udine, built his art of winemaking at a number of wine companies in Friuli, Montalcino, New Zealand and Chile, where he learned carbonic maceration from a French oenologist. In 2012 he starts his own project: Malatesta Wines. Thomas believes that only a natural wine, without sulfites, clarifiers and stabilizers, can best express the soul of the grape.

Thomas Malatesta

Update \3

04/Jul/2016

This picture

This is one of my favorite pictures of my experience in Chile. Certainly it will find its place in the book that I am realizing, thanks to your support.

There is a guy, who was working with me. It was hot, it had been a tough day in the countryside. He leads the grapes in the canaste, which are basically our boxes, but they are lighter and easier to carry. You can see that he struggles, and I struggled a lot as well. But it seems to me there is also peace of mind, or a kind of harmony that I could breathe in that place and that, in my opinion, is also evident from this photo.

The rural work is very different between Chile and Italy, but in some respects it is similar. What always comes back is, after the physical work, the desire to gather around a table, with some food and a bottle of wine, telling stories and sharing experiences.

This photo comes before that time, but in the eyes of my friend in my opinion you can see the waiting for that moment.

This picture

Update \2

09/May/2016

An extraordinary opportunity

Making wine is an art, and for this it requires talent and patience but also a small dose of impulsivity and feeling to reveal the soul of our emotions. When I was in Chile I found out how this art needs arm strength and how nature provides the tools that no machine can really replace.
This is the case of a special structure exclusively handmade with cow skin. An ancient method used in the Chilean countryside. In this structure we made the fermentation of the grapes, previously destemmed with the particular method that I told you in the last updated.
In this photo I am working with some dear colleagues. When we discovered the existence of this unusual instrument, we didn’t hesitate: we had to try it! We couldn’t miss this fantastic opportunity.
Our sixth sense was right: this artisanal process gave amazing results! Nature always offers extraordinary possibilities.

In the next weeks I will write a new update about my Chilean adventure. Short stories from my travel diary that I’m realizing with your precious support.
Dear Wine Relatives and Winefriends, see you soon!

An extraordinary opportunity

Update \1

20/Apr/2016

Chile: my first stop around the world

Among the many trips I have done in my life, Chile certainly has a special place in my heart thanks to the people I met, their hands and their faces, and to the immense spaces I saw.
I want to share with you some shots that come from overseas, from a land full of charm and colors. Here I am with a colleague while we are destemming some grapes with the "saranda", a handmade tool built with bamboo canes, held together with string at different lengths, adjustable depending on how you want destem the grapes. A traditional method that brought me back to ancient times, when the winemaker could only count on his arm strength.
This is just one of the images that will be part of my book, an exciting trip around the world.
Dear Wine relatives and Winefriends, let’s continue writing my adventures together!

Chile: my first stop around the world

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  • 1 bottle of Malatesta Rosso 2013
  • 1 bottle of Malatesta Bianco 2013
  • 50% discount on the puchase of 6 bottles from Thomas Malatesta on www.thewinefathers.com
  • your name written in the acknowledgements of the book that will be published
  • individually numbered certificate of winecousin sent via e-mail by The Winefathers
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  • 1 bottle of Malatesta Rosso 2013
  • 1 bottle of Malatesta Bianco 2013
  • 50% discount on the puchase of 6 bottles from Thomas Malatesta on www.thewinefathers.com
  • 1 Magnum bottle of Malatesta Rosso 2014
  • 1 personalized bottle screw by Malatesta Wines
  • your name written in the acknowledgements of the book that will be published
  • individually numbered certificate of wineuncle/wineaunt sent via e-mail by The Winefathers
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Winebrother/Winesister
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  • 1 night for 2 people
  • visit to the vineyard and the cellar, and wine tasting with typical local products
  • visit to places of interest in the neighborhood
  • 1 bottle of Malatesta Rosso 2013
  • 1 bottle of Malatesta Bianco 2013
  • 50% discount on the puchase of 6 bottles from Thomas Malatesta on www.thewinefathers.com
  • 1 Magnum bottle of Malatesta Rosso 2014
  • 1 personalized bottle screw by Malatesta Wines
  • 1 copy of the new book signed by Thomas
  • 1 personalized bottle screw by Malatesta Wines
  • your name written in the acknowledgements of the book that will be published
  • individually numbered certificate of winebrother/winesister sent via e-mail by The Winefathers
Become
Winebrother/Winesister
Winefather/Winemother
0
1000 €
  • 2 nights for 2 people
  • visit to the vineyard and the cellar, and wine tasting with typical local products
  • harvest or any activity in the vineyards appropriate for the period
  • visit to places of interest in the neighborhood
  • 1 bottle of Malatesta Rosso 2013
  • 1 bottle of Malatesta Bianco 2013
  • 50% discount on the puchase of 6 bottles from Thomas Malatesta on www.thewinefathers.com
  • 1 Magnum bottle of Malatesta Rosso 2014
  • 12 mixed free bottles of Malatesta Rosso 2014 and Malatesta Bianco 2014
  • 1 personalized bottle screw by Malatesta Wines
  • 1 copy of the new book signed by Thomas
  • your name written in the acknowledgements of the book that will be published
  • individually numbered certificate of winefather/winemother sent via e-mail by The Winefathers
Become
Winefather/Winemother