TERRITORY

The territory extends over the south side of the municipality of Montalcino, between Sant’Angelo in Colle and Castelnuovo dell’Abate, a few kilometres from the famous Sant’Antimo Abbey. The vineyards gradually slope downward from around 400 to around 200 meters a.s.l. Most of the vines are protected from the cold northern winds and line the Orcia River which serves as a border. Just opposite, towards the east, stands Mount Amiata while, to the south, the view opens up towards the Maremma.


 

 

 

 


 




SOIL

The soil results from the decomposition of original rock material, particularly marl and alberese: the terrain is medium-textured limestone, rich in pebbly soil, rather poor, and not too deep. About 1.5m underground there is a layer of clay that allows the land to preserve precious humidity during dry periods and leaves room for the normal root growth and for excellent drainage of excess water; all of these conditions are suitable for producing fine wines.

 

 



VINEYARDS

The Montalcino territory is known for the fact that even today wineries still use traditional methods: even at Querceta throughout the year the dry pruning, shoot selection, sucker removal, bunch thinning, and harvest are all done by hand. At the time of harvest, the best grapes are selected right in the vineyard so as to best preserve the quality of each type of wine produced.

Tradition and innovation come together in the vineyard management, which must be established every year based on on the climactic conditions of the season and the characteristics of each vineyard (soil and location) in order to obtain the best grapes from every vineyard. A mindful use of plant-based products and careful monitoring with the use of traps and beneficial insects are at the foundation of vineyard management that is more respectful to the environment with a view to preserve the balance of the ecosystem in the vineyards.