Querciabella | Chianti Classico, Italy
Querciabella is a stunning estate situated high up in the hills and with prime locations in the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany. The 74 hectares in Chianti are surrounded and protected by natural forests and scrubland allowing the estate to be fully committed to its uncompromising biodynamic principles. There are an additional 32 hectares of vines planted in the Maremma on the unspoilt Etruscan coast, an area of outstanding natural beauty, from which the grapes for Mongrana are harvested.
Querciabella has the largest holdings of biodynamically farmed (certified organic) vineyards in Italy. The charismatic and passionate owner Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni has overseen a prolific period of winemaking and came to the very favourable attention of Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate in the late 1990s.
Based on an uncompromising pursuit of quality, sustainability and authenticity, Querciabella has continually honed its approach to biodynamic viticulture for over a decade. Since the transistion to biodynamic viticulture in 2000, the goal has been to maintain a balanced ecosystem where healthy, vital soil nurtures healthy vines in perfect harmony with the rest of nature. This is not just biodynamic winemaking however, the winery practices a proprietary farming regime known as cruelty-free biodynamics, which bans the use of any animal-derived products through all phases of grape growing and winemaking.
Sebastiano and his team are completely convinced that this 100% vegan approach to biodynamic viticulture is responsible for producing wines of exquisite quality.