Alicante was one of the first grape varieties planted in the Mantellassi vineyards, and Querciolaia, first produced in 1977, is literally a winner — The 2013 vintage won the gold medal in the inaugural Grenaches du Monde competition, and it’s easy to see why. The maritime climate and mixed volcanic/limestone soil in Maremma give the alicante grape ideal conditions to express its character. Bright fruit illuminates a sturdy tannic and mineral structure, much the way the sun lights up the rocky hillsides at the end of the day.
Querciolaia is a wine with a long cellar life and is widely appreciated for its complex bouquet and its warm, unfussy, smooth and velvety palate.
Fattoria Mantellassi is one of our long-time collaborators in this adventure. Mantellassi director Riccardo Pecchioli is an old friend, going all the way back to Jody’s first trip to Italy to study cheesemaking. He’s a third-level sommelier, with profound knowledge and deep passion for Italian wine. He helps us discover new wines to import, and we’re always delighted to visit with him when we’re there.
Mantellassi’s vineyards sit close to the ocean, in the foothills, and benefit from the mild weather and cool breezes.
“Labor omnia vincit” — “Work conquers all” — this motto reflects the tenacity and dedication to work of the owners of the Mantellassi Farm in Magliano in Tuscany. The Mantellassi family originally came from Pistoia, then moved to the area of Scansano and Magliano in the 1860s where they worked as “pruners” and “grafters.”
Always winemakers, in 1960 they began laying the foundation of the first ten acres of the vineyard at Banditaccia, reaching up to the current 240 acres. These span across some of the many hills of the farm, where the vineyards consist mainly of Sangiovese grapes, along with Alicante, Cabernet Sauvignon, Morellino, Merlot, Canaiolo Nero, Malvasia Nera, Ciliegiolo, Vermentino Bianco and Sauvignon Blanc.
The Mantellassi Farm has contributed significantly to the establishment of the Controlled Designation of Origin of Morellino di Scansano in 1978 and is considered one of the most prestigious producing companies in the region.