Querce Bettina is a family owned and run farm on the southwest slopes of Montalcino at an altitude of around 440m above sea level. Husband and Wife team Sandra Barenghi and Roberto Moretti bought the 29ha estate in 1990 and following years of research into the terrain they planted 2.4ha of precious Sangiovese in 1999.
Their aim from the start was to create two exceptional wines:
Rosso di Montalcino DOC and Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, and this was realised in 2009 when the Querce Bettina wines were first released.
They have subsequently developed their range releasing limited quantities of Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG in exceptional years and an IGT Toscana, as well as an estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a Preserve made from Brunello grapes.
The legend of the old lady of the oak tree
he name Querce Bettina comes from a local legend dating back to the late 19th Century telling of a kind old lady who sat under an imposing oak tree (Querce) spinning wool and telling eccentric stories of witches and wizards to young shepherds that passed by.
The lady’s name was Bettina, she was elusive and nobody knew where she lived or came from; she just used to appear and disappear at will leaving a wake of mystery behind her.
Everybody used to say they had met Bettina at least once, but if asked where exactly, they would say ‘oh, you know, near Querce Bettina’.
Wine and Wellbeing
For several years, Querce Bettina has been working closely with the Italian association ‘Vino e Salute’ that promotes the benefits of a healthy Mediterranean diet accompanied by a good glass of red wine.
The associate members are doctors and research scientists from the Universities of Siena, Pisa, Florence and Chieti and they conduct research in the genetics of taste as well as the benefits of polyphenols, antioxidants and resveratrol all of which are present in red wine.