A large family, a great common passion. Over a century of history for five generations: from the great-grandfather Antonio to the current sole director Italo, who, together with his son and daughter Anna and Andrea, continues the tradition of a company which has always sought out and found basic and authentic values in work, research, and quality. Together with the Maschio family, whole generations of vine growers, distillers, enologists, and wine-making technicians grew and were trained. Sharing the same experiences and desire for innovation and quality in every creative and production aspect.
Our thrilling adventure started at the end of the 19th century at Cismon del Grappa, between the banks of the River Brenta and the peaks of Mount Grappa, where the Maschio family cultivated the land and distilled grappa using a portable still. After travelling through Romania and Hungary, the Maschio family returned to Italy with the portable still, a symbol of their identity, the heart of an ongoing family tradition. Just a stone’s throw from the gravel bed of the River Piave, Antonio Maschio set up the company and it was his grandson Bonaventura who gave an entrepreneurial stamp to the art of distilling in the early 20th century. The company faced a turning point at the end of the 1980s under the leadership of Italo with the birth of Prime Uve, spirit made from grapes.
Gaiarine was once in the heart of Mitteleuropa, whereas now it is in the centre of the so-called Northeast, one of Italy’s most interesting regions from an economic and cultural point of view. Our vineyards live in a gentle and generous land between the River Piave and the River Tagliamento. Sloping landscapes made famous by the canvases of Cima da Conegliano. Austria, Slovenia, Trieste, Venice, Padua, and Verona are our neighbours, but we feel at home all over the world.
Every generation of our family has dedicated a large portion of their life to the art of distilling: always with heart, feeling, and enthusiasm, as well as rigour, character, methodical research and work, soul, discipline, curiosity, and wisdom. Italo Maschio is the sole director. After graduating with a degree in Economics and Commerce from the University of Parma, he filled many different positions in trade associations. With a degree in Ancient Literature from the University of Padua and a masters in Export Marketing from Bocconi University, Italo’s daughter, Anna Maschio, joined the family company very young, looking after the foreign sales department. She now aids her father in managing the company, especially seeing to aspects related to communications. Italo’s son, Andrea Maschio, with a degree in Managing Agroindustrial Enterprises from the University of Verona, also aids his father in running the company, particularly looking to matters linked to production and the numerous experimentation activities.
Emotion has always been a fundamental constant in the tradition and culture of distilling. It means passion; the desire for knowledge and sharing; an emption which, above all, means unceasing and attentive presence, facing the evolution of taste. Only with our emotion can we truly and fully restore to our products all the qualities that characterise them so well. Skilful acts, uncontaminated nature, the desire to discover, uniqueness, and simplicity. All of these are part of our world; they represent us. And, most of all, they represent our spirits, in all of their varied, unique, emotional intensity.