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Castello di Quercetto
The François family, which settled in Tuscany in the 18th century, has owned the Castello di Querceto estate since 1897. Of French origin, the family has produced such illustrious personalities as Giuseppe François, a noted mathematician, and Alessandro, an expert on archaeology and the discoverer of important Etruscan works like the celebrated François Vase, which is now preserved in the Archaeological Museum in Florence. Castello di Querceto and the land surrounding it are fascinating places steeped in history. In the past, the castle, erected as a lookout point on the Via Cassia Imperiale, one of the principal arteries of the Roman period, helped to defend the immediate area. Today, encircled by the green of the forests and the hills, it seems as if it had been constructed purposely to protect the invaluable heritage of its vineyards and olive orchards. Vines and olives grow on both sides of the valley of the Dudda, from the Sugame Pass and, beyond Dudda, toward Lucolena and Mount San Michele, which reaches a height of 400 to 500 meters (1,312-1,640 feet).
( only 6 km. from Giardo )
We are pleased to suggest a rare diversity of fine wines of classical varietal expression, illuminated by the Piedmont Virginia estate where we grow them. They present a balance, evolved on the vine, which translates into gracefulness and length on the palate, and age-worthiness in the cellar. Through more than three decades of cultivation and continuous refinement, our pursuit of these timeless qualities has led us inevitably to Octagon.
Extra-virgin olive oil from the centuries-old groves of our founder's famous Tuscan estate, Castello d'Albola, Radda in Chianti. Refined and elegant, with a delicious fruit fragrance and extravagant softness, this oil is cold-pressed in very small batches of the best fruit of the harvest. We believe it to be one of the finest olive oils in the world.
At RISECCOLI, we take a very personal and artisanal approach to winemaking and have always enjoyed sharing our passion with those who take an interest in our wines. Sangiovese provides the backbone to our Chianti Classico and also to our range of Tuscan red Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT) wines. We also use non-indigenous varieties in specific circumstances, always allowing each vintage to reveal the full potential of the unique RISECCOLI terroir. The French influence in our family (with the origins of the Faure family being in Bordeaux) allows us to use French grape varieties with confidence. This results in the wonderful blends of our IGT cuvées, for the sheer enjoyment of many aficionados around the world. We seek to make wines that are approachable for early drinking. Yet, our Chianti Classico and IGT cuvées can also be cellared for enjoyment over the years to come.
( only 6,5 km. from Giardo )
Castello di Verrazzano
At Castello di Verrazzano it is possible, with several kind of programmes, to take guided tours of the historical but still working cellars. During the visit, strolling in the late-Reinassance gardens of the Villa, you will discover the great history of the Navigator Giovanni da Verrazzano and have the chance to see the wild boar bred in the surrounding woods. The tours are always completed with a guided tasting of classic wines, extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar and Vin Santo (Holy Wine) together with the traditional almond biscuits. Thanks to the location of the castle at the center of the property, the grapes reach the cellar in just a few minutes to be quickly and gently pressed and put to ferment in small quantities at a controlled temperature. . The grapes used are mostly red grapes, among which Sangiovese clearly stands out, along with other varieties including Merlot, Canaiolo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Colorino, and only a small percentage of white grapes like Trebbiano Toscano, Traminer and Malvasia lunga del Chianti. A completely organic fertilization and the agronomic techniques adopted, including the practice of “grassing” aim at a rigorous respect for the environment and its balance. The harvest, which usually take place between September 25th and October 25th, is done exclusively by hand through a careful selection of grapes.
( 10 km. from Giardo , at Greve in Chianti )