Susan Hulme MW takes a look at this Tuscan estate, a pioneer of sustainable viticulture in Italy...
Querciabella’s wines have been on my radar for a while, since I first tasted them at an event hosted by their sole UK importer, Armit. Querciabella has 74ha of vineyards in prime locations within the Chianti Classico zone – Greve, Panzano, Radda and Gaiole – together with another 32ha in Maremma on Tuscany’s Etruscan coast.
Founded in 1974, Querciabella, or ‘beautiful oak’, is notable for the choices made by owner Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni.
The estate was a pioneer in sustainable viticulture, converting to organics in 1988 and biodynamics in 2000. Since 2010, in keeping with the owner’s vegan principles, they have practised what they term ‘cruelty-free biodynamics’ – only using non animal-derived products at every stage of the process.
Today, Querciabella is one of the largest biodynamic and organic estates in Italy.