Querceto di Castellina
Querceto di Castellina
When you arrive at Querceto di Castellina, you get the impression of having come to a remote and secluded place, where time passes by very slowly. Set in a countryside of enormous charm, in the midst of the gentle hills of Tuscany, surrounded by woods of cypresses, oaks, ilex trees, and olive groves, lies a skillfully restored little fifteenth-century hamlet, which is where the holiday accommodation is located.
Querceto di Castellina is a family-run, certified organic estate that covers a total of fifty hectares, of which around 11.2 are vineyards in the heart of the Chianti Classico D.O.C.G.. Sustainability and low environmental impact have always been among our priorities, as part of an absolute duty to preserve this unspoiled and healthful microcosm of rare beauty. As soon as the vineyards began to produce grapes, in 2009, conversion to organic farming began.
The secret in the vineyards is to preserve the fertility of the soil and keep the vines healthy so that they can resist the attacks of parasites and can react to diseases without any need for external help. By eliminating all operations in both the vineyard and winery that can, in one way or another, have a deleterious effect on the expressiveness of the wine, we make products of superior quality and with a strong territorial identity.
The estate is completely isolated and there are no other producers in the immediate vicinity: this ensures that there are no potential outside influences on the balance of the viticultural ecosystem, which is in fact protected from any type of external pollution.
The estate is situated at Castellina in Chianti, on the border with Radda, (two communes that are considered historically to be the oldest in Chianti), just a few kilometers from the Province of Florence. This position, which possesses unique characteristics, provides the vineyards with a variety of conditions. As with all “frontier zones”, it represents the meeting place of different elements which, in this case, enrich the wine with a vast range of nuances conferred by the terroir, climate, and exposition.
The vineyards, completely surrounded by woodland, all lie in the gentle hills that frame the estate headquarters, at altitudes that vary from a minimum of 420 to a maximum of 510 meters above sea level, and they face southwest, west, and northwest.
The area under the vine is subdivided into 6 sites: Belvedere, Poggio, Campocorto, Campolungo, La Fonte, and Livia.
Sangiovese occupies around 80% of the vineyards. Then there is Merlot, which constitutes most of the remaining area, Cabernet Franc, and the Viognier and Roussanne varieties (2,000 vines in total, in a separate little plot). Belvedere is the main vineyard of the estate, from which we select the best Sangiovese grapes, used as a monovarietal to produce Querceto di Castellina’s Cru, the “Sei Chianti Classico Gran Selezione”, as well as Merlot. Planted in 2003, it occupies an area of about 6.7 hectares and has high-density planting (6,666 vines per hectare). The Poggio, Campocorto, Campolungo and La Fonte vineyards were planted in various years, beginning in 1997: Poggio was the first with approximately 1.28 hectares of Sangiovese, then, in 1999, came a part of Campolungo (the rest in 2001), followed by La Fonte (0.59 hectares) and Campocorto (0.17 hectares), both planted in 2001.
These vineyards are blessed with medium-textured, rocky soil containing marly limestone that is rich in minerals, which give the wines we produce a marked tanginess. The Livia vineyard, planted in 2008, began as an experiment for Querceto di Castellina. The soil is of medium texture, composed of galestro (schistous clay) and alberese (compact clay and limestone). As Jacopo Di Battista explains: «I was inspired by the fine white wines of the Rhone Valley and so I decided to plant 2,000 vines, divided equally between Viognier and Roussanne, with high density and short distances between the rows. We treat this vineyard like a little gem, tending it exclusively by hand and with almost obsessive care. In 2010 we vinified our Livia I.G.T.
Bianco, a blend of Viognier (with its characteristic exotic notes, which confers structure and freshness) and Roussanne (which provides elegant aromas): a wine I can only define as unusual. I must admit with pride that every new vintage has been a success». «In the winery, we seek to keep the aromas of the original fruit intact and respect to the full the inherent characteristics of the wine» Jacopo continues. «For maturation we only use French oak barrels, containing 500 liters for the Sangiovese, Viognier, and Roussanne and 225 liters for the Merlot and Cabernet Franc».
On the estate, there are olive groves of the Leccino, Moraiolo, and Frantoio cultivars, the classic varieties of the Tuscan countryside. The olives are harvested by hand and cold pressed in order to obtain an extra virgin oil of extremely high quality that expresses the typical organoleptic profile: green, herbaceous, with hints of pepper and an inebriating fragrance.
Querceto di Castellina is also a location where you can while away your time discovering the traditional local foods and wines of one of the world’s most famous and fascinating wine regions.
The fifteenth-century hamlet where our agriturismo is located contains nine apartments and a suite (for a total of forty beds), as well as a splendid swimming pool with a stunning view of the countryside.
Welcoming guests to the estate is a fundamental part of our project, a powerful experiential instrument whereby visitors can immerse themselves totally in a location of stunning beauty, experiencing a healthy lifestyle that reinforces their rapport with nature, the seasons, and the products of the land, as well as emphasizing the traditions of the area and the values of hospitality.
Every summer for the last 5 years, we have also organized dinners in the vineyards, which have become an absolute must for food and wine lovers.
L'Aura Chianti Classico 2021 DOCG
|The total extension of the vineyards covers 11 hectares, at between 1,400 and 1,500ft asl, all registered with the Chianti Classico DOCG designation. The terrain is of a medium marl calcareous mix and highly skeletal. The vine system varies: the distance between the rows varies from 2.00 to 2.80m, whilst the vines on the row vary from 0.75 to 0.80cm. All the vines are cultivated using the “cordone speronato” system
|Intense nose of ripe red fruits, and hints of spice and toasty aromas
|Ruby red in color
This was very first wine produced by the estate back in 1998 and is appropriately named after owner and the heart of Querceto, Laura Di Battista.
Gazing down into the glass colours sparkle as ruby as the slippers of Dorothy Gale. There are subtle aromas of poppies on the nose and one begins to wonder if this wine might be the work of a certain wizard. Alongside those red flowers are intense primary red fruit and fresh herbal notes of cherry, raspberry and bayleaf and those aromas translate on to the palate.
There is beautiful clarity and concentration of flavor, and density of fruit that makes the wine incredibly enticing and drinkable.
There is a sense of energy in reserve about this vintage. Under layers of ripe fruit lies a powerful tannic frame, and a resounding acidity that ripples appealingly across the palate. A wine for those looking to engage their head and their heart.