Castello di Querceto

Castello di Querceto is a landmark of the Florentine Chianti Classico area, particularly loved by oeno-gastronomic passionates, thanks to the numerous wineries and to the local products typical of Tuscany cooking.
It is an ideal place to start daily trips to the wonderful Tuscany towns: Florence is only 25 km. far, Siena and San Gimignano about 45, Arezzo about 55. and Pisa about 105.
The castle is completely surrounded by the green Chianti hills, enclosed by vineyards and woods where you can relax walking in the shade of oak and chestnut threes.
The estate disposes of ten apartments. Some of them are located directly in the farm centre, very close to the medieval castle, with entrance from the old stone court where the wine shop, the offices and the ancient cellar face.

 

 

The vineyards of Castello di Querceto were mostly planted between 1975 and 1985; just few of them is 35 years old, while in the last period other 20 hectares have been planted.
The density of the vines changes from 3.330 plants per hectare in the oldest fields to 7.575 plants per hectare of the newest.
The training systems used are the “cordone speronato orizzontale” settled at 60 cm. from the ground and the guyot, both very common in Chianti Classico area.
The 60 hectares of vineyards are divided into twenty-two different fields, everyone placed in the most indicated plot of land, with the best microclimatic characteristics.
The grapes are mostly red, only a little percentage is composed of white grapes. Among the red varieties the most important is Sangiovese Grosso, then come the Canaiolo Nero, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Colorino, Merlot, Mammolo, Cigliegiolo and Malvasia Nera.
Among the white we can find Malvasia del Chianti, Trebbiano Toscano and Chardonnay.
The aim of the cultivation is obtain the best quality maintaining an ecologic production. For this reason we chose making very short pruning, thinning out the grapes if necessary. We prefer using organic fertilizers instead of the chemical ones, fighting phytopathologies in a natural and integral way or, when needed, with very gentle phyto-medicines.

 

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Harvest usually starts the 25th of September and goes on for one month. We still pick the grapes by hand, selecting them very carefully.
The olive-groves are divided in different plots with a density of plantation of 400 trees per hectare.
The olive trees we have at Castello di Querceto are the traditional kinds of Chianti Classico area: Frantoio, Moraiolo, Leccino, Pendolino and Maurino. Olives are picked-up in November and they are crushed in a modern frantoio within two or three days, producing the extra-virgin olive oil, another precious Tuscany product.

 

The Cellars and the Industrial Equipment
In the estate centre, very closed to the castle, develops the whole producing structure, composed by warehouses, a modern bottling room and four cellars where the different parts of the wine making process take place: fermentation and first working, storage and ageing.
Other rooms are dedicated to the production and the ageing of Vin Santo, and to the bottling and storage of the extra-virgin olive oil.
Close to the office we are building a modern analysis laboratory and a big hall for meetings and tasting. A part if the hall is already used for our wine shop.
In the fermentation area there are twelve new fermenting tanks with an automatic and computerized control system. They contain from 130 to 300 hectolitres for a total capacity of about 3.500 hectolitres. There is also a pneumatic press for the skins which are softly pressed before the distillation.
For the malolactic fermentation and the natural clarification we use stainless tanks equipped with an automatic conditioning system. They can contain from 50 to 300 hectolitres.
The storing cellar is air-conditioned and it is equipped with stainless steel and glass-concrete tanks. The tanks have several sizes: from 10 to 200 hectolitres, for a total capacity of about 3.500 hectolitres.
The ageing cellars, located under the basement of the castle and in underground of one of new buildings, have a total capacity of about 1.500 hectolitres and include high quality barrels of Allier, Tronçais, Limousin and several tonneaux used for the ageing of the Castello di Querceto Crus and Chianti Classico Riserva, and a lot of small oak casks containing from 10 to 40 hectolitres for the maturation of the other wines.

 

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Visiting the old cellar and smelling the wonderful aroma of the ageing wine, you can reach the heart of the castle where a selection of the best vintages, starting from 1904, is preciously kept.
In another conditioned room, the wine bottles are stored for a fining period going from 6 to 12 months, depending on the product, before being sold.
Finally the bottling and packaging room is equipped with a modern automatic system, producing about 3.000 bottles per hour.

 

Winery Tours and Tasting
At Castello di Querceto you can have, better on request, winery tours (in Italian and English) of the medieval cellars.
During the visit you can have a walk in the Castle private garden among secular plants and have a complete view of the vineyards with their description from the bordered walls.
At the end of the tour, you will have guided tasting of three typical wines: Chianti Classico, Chianti Classico Riserva (which was listed in the 100 best wines of the world in its vintage 1999 and 2000*) and one of our Crûs.

The visits with tasting (of about 1 hour.) take place from Monday to Friday in the following times:

11.30 a.m.
2.30 p.m.
4.30 p.m.
and on Saturday from May to September only with reservation
guided tour CLASSIC – € 10,00
guided tour HISTORICAL – € 15,00

 

On request there is the possibility to join the tasting with a little snack composed of local products as tuscan bread, tuscan pecorino, ham, salame, bruschetta with the extra virgin oil of the Castle.
Cost: euro 5,00 (iva included) per person.

For tasting without visit and to buy the Castle products, the Enoteca is opened every working days from 10.00 a.m. to 06.00 p.m. and on Saturday, from May to September, on request.
Contact

 

Castello di Querceto S.p.A.
Via A. François, 2
50020 GREVE IN CHIANTI (FI)

geographic coordinates
Tel. (+39) 055 85921
Fax. (+39) 055 8592200

 

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