The winery is ideally situated equidistant from Florence and Siena: two prime destination cities in the heart of the world-famous Tuscany region. The estate is hidden gem, closely surrounded by medieval hilltop villages and historical towns. Querceto is also in the centre of the Chianti Classico: the oldest and considered the most genuine wine-producing area in the Chianti region.
Guido Masini, originally from Florence, acquired the 200-acre estate in 1945. His daughter, Laura, took the management over in 1989 and, together with her architect husband, Giorgio Battista, she restored the 15th century structures on the estate and transformed them into an agriturismo with vacation apartments. At the same time, she focused on improving the 28 acres vineyards with organic technics.
The vines are broken out into 6 separate vineyard areas and the grapes are carefully selected.
Sangiovese covers approximately 80 % of the planted area and the majority of the rest is Merlot.
L'Aura Chianti Classico
|COD: Italy||VARIETAL: Sangiovese|
|PRODUCER: Querceto di Castellina||ALCOHOL: 13.9%|
This was very first wine produced by the estate back in 1998 and is appropriately named after owner and the heart of Querceto, Laura Di Battista.
Gazing down into the glass, colours sparkle as ruby as the slippers of Dorothy Gale. There are subtle aromas of poppies on the nose and one begins to wonder if this wine might be the work of a certain wizard. Alongside those red flowers are intense primary red fruit and fresh herbal notes of cherry, raspberry and bayleaf, which translate on to the palate.
There is beautiful clarity and concentration of flavour and a density of fruit that makes the wine incredibly enticing and drinkable.
There is a sense of energy in reserve about this vintage. Under layers of ripe fruit lies a powerful tannic frame and a resounding acidity that ripples appealingly across the palate. A wine for those looking to engage their head and their heart.