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History & Philosophy

Castello di Querceto is situated in Tuscany, on the north-eastern side of the Chianti Classico region. The François family came from France to settle in Tuscany in the 18th century. Since then, they have played a vital role in the development of the Tuscan wine industry. In 1924, Castello di Querceto was one of the 33 founding members of the Chianti Classico Consortium. Since 1978, the company has been directed by Alessandro François who ensures that the characteristics and potential of each vineyard are reflected in every wine he produces.

Castello di Querceto is famous for its expressive red wines and offers Chianti wines at all levels which are classic in style, a true reflection of the Sangiovese grape with only a small percentage of Canaiolo and no international varieties. In addition, the range includes two exceptional Super-Tuscans, a white, sparkling and dessert wine.

Vineyard & Climate

The vineyards of Castello di Querceto sit at 470 metres above sea level and extend over 190 hectares, of which 60 hectares are planted with vines and 10 hectares with olive trees. Most of the vineyards were planted between 1975 and 1985. The 60 hectares of vineyards are divided into 22 different lots, individually chosen for their specific micro-climatic characteristics. The entire harvest is hand-picked and yields are maintained low. Castello di Querceto favour ecologically friendly viticulture methods, opting for very short pruning and thinning out the grapes if necessary. They have a preference for using organic fertilisers and fighting phytopathogens in a natural and integral way.

CASTELLO DI QUERCETO, Greve-in-Chianti, Italy

François 2 Brut Rosé Spumante Traditional Method
Dry, fresh and fragrant, with notes of red forest fruits and elegant bubbles, Traditional Method – Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG
First ever DOCG white wine. Medium body, textured wine with wild flowers and almond notes

Chianti DOC
A delicious example of an approachable Chianti

Chianti Classico DOCG
Crunchy red fruit, with Tuscan earthy notes and good Sangiovese tannins

Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG
Classic traditional style of Chianti, with good structure and fruit, spiciness, and firm tannins

Cignale demonstrates Alessandro’s policy of keeping special vineyard sites separate when they show unique personalities and qualities. Cignale means ‘wild boar’ – the local beasts that like to eat the grapes. Cabernet Sauvignon 90%, Merlot 10%

Il Sole di Alessandro
A single vineyard wine, elegant and supple, deep cassis fruit and polished tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon 100%

‘Vin Santo’ del Chianti Classico DOC
Vin Santo ‘Holy Wine’ is an ancient wine style which can be semi-dry or very sweet. Querceto Vin Santo is semi-dry – made from Malvasia and Trebbiano, aged in barrels for five years, spicy and nutty with orange rind and dry fruit notes

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