andra and Roberto were spending a few days on holiday in Montalcino in 1990, an area close to their hearts when a friend showed them the land that is now the Querce Bettina Estate. They fell madly in love with the project and by 1995 had built a house on the site and started cultivating 6ha of the land.
Today 2.4ha are designated vineyards (1ha of Brunello DOCG and 1.4ha of Rosso di Montalcino DOC), 1.5ha is dedicated to 530 olive trees (varieties: leccino, moraiolo and correggiolo), 0.6ha of arable land plus a garden including a wonderful vegetable plot and 23ha of consolidated woodland.
The soils are composed mainly of galestro with clay and sandy marl, which is highly suitable to Sangiovese Grosso (Brunello) that was planted in 1999. The vines are cordon trained with a unilateral spur, planted 80cm apart and with 2.5m between the rows.
Minimal intervention in the vineyard is an important philosophy of the estate with very limited use of treatments only when absolutely necessary – they are not certified organic but utilise the practices.
Located at an average of 440m above sea level on the south west slopes of Montalcino and bordering the estates of Poggio Salvi, Bolsignano, Mocali and Zucca. The property benefits from breathless views towards Mount Amiata and down towards the Maremma coast.
The Querce Bettina wines are hand-made on the estate by Roberto and Sandra with the help of a small, expert team:
Lucio Maruotti (Agronomist) continuously oversees the vineyards, Paolo Caciorgna (Enologist) oversees the winemaking and Federico Brachino (Viticulturalist and Cellarhand) supports the process from grape to glass. The first vintage released was 2004.
The olive oil pressing takes place off site in Borgo Santa Rita where Sandra and Roberto fully oversee the pressing with their state of the art equipment. The first release of their olive oil was in 1995.