Davide Spillare, a member of vinnature, works about four hectares of his family’s vineyards, right behind his house and winery somewhere in the village labyrinth of Gambellara. An early apprentice to well-known natural wine scene pioneer Angiolino Maule, Davide readily adopted Maule’s ideas for his parents’ winery that at the time was still delivering their grapes to the local co-op.
Biodynamic viticulture and the complete abatement of technology in the cellar (except for the pump, as he points out) are the hallmarks of his philosophy, but more importantly, when it comes to the character of his wines, spontaneous fermentation, and a zero filtration, fining and sulfur policy.
Despite the lack of added sulfur, Davide’s wines are elegant and linear, a testament to his craft which wasn’t honed over night and involved some less than expected results in his early years, as he freely admits. Davide’s vineyards include 5 to 35 year old Graganega, Trebbiano and Merlot plantings. Those that were planted by himself are trained to Guyot. Soils are always profoundly volcanic, all the way to the surface.
Davide’s Garganega master-piece Rugoli grows on his 80-year old vecchie vigne vineyard, still trained to the traditional Pergula.