Querca al Poggio is situated about 400 metres a.s.l. at Monsanto, in the municipality of Barberino Val d’Elsa. Owned by the Rossi family, the property extends over 100 hectares of woodland nature reserve where vines and olive trees are cultivated to organic farming protocols. The heart of the winery is a nineteenth century farming settlement and what was once a monastery belonging to the Vallombrosan brothers from nearby Badia a Passignano. In 1997, Michela and Vittorio embarked on an extensive renewal programme of wine operations, from gradual replanting of the fifteen hectares under vine to rationalisation of the cellars and the introduction of meticulously selected mid-sized oak containers to conserve the original features of the sangiovese and other traditional nature varieties grown on the estate.
The estate produces Quercia al Poggio Chianti Classico, which is normally released to market at least three years after alcoholic and malolactic fermentation are over, and a small selection of sangiovese, which is vinified on its own to become Quercia al Poggio Riserva after maturation that averages four years. Once bottled, the wines are left to age for a period that varies depending on the vintage and the selection. Long ageing is a conscious choice on the part of the cellar. The aim is to bring out to the full the features that make this Sangiovese such an elegant, structured wine, requiring only the passage of time to reveal its ultimate, sensethrilling complexity. The estate also produces Extravirgin Olive Oil and Vinsanto.