Greve in Chianti, Tuscany
Querciabella was founded in 1974 on the hills above Greve in Chianti by Giuseppe Castiglioni, an avid collector of French wines and owner of the largest collection of Louis Roederer Cristal throughout Italy.
The current owner of Querciabella, Cossia Sebastiano Castiglioni, has integrated his personal regard for the environment in every aspect of production in the cellar as well. Sebastian led Querciabella converting to organic farming in 1988, long time before the terms "green" or "organic" were used in the Italian wine world, and then, in 2000, converted the Tuscan estate to biodynamic farming, making it the reference point throughout the region.
Surrounded by 80 hectares of prime vineyards of Chianti Classico in Greve, Panzano, Radda and Gaiole, as well as 32 hectares in Alberese (Maremma), Querciabella offers a unique insight into the creation of some of the most representative wines of Italy.
To highlight the diversity of soil characteristics, each cru is vinified separately before assembly.
Wines from Querciabella today are acclaimed by critics from around the world and are considered among the top of the Tuscan and Italian production.
"Kudos to proprietor Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni for being the first Chianti Classico producer to make a concerted effort to showcase the personalities of specific sites. Sometimes it takes an outsider to fully realize the potential of a region, and in this regard - specifically the quest to explore and understand the uniqueness of various sites, and then to bottle wines from those vineyards so that we might understand their intrinsic qualities - Querciabella stands head and shoulders above any other estate in Chianti Classico. It's as simple as that."
Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, Sept 2014
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