Querceto di Castellina has been in the family since 1945 when the love of the land and of an historical estate in the Chianti Classico led Guido Masini, originally from Florence, to acquire the estate.
The over 200-acre property became a countryside retreat for the family but Guido couldn’t resist his entrepreneurial spirit starting a few businesses from selling grapes to farming pigs. Ultimately he leased out the land for a few decades with his daughter Laura taking back the management of the estate in 1989.
Working together with her husband Giorgio Di Battista, an architect, Laura restored the 15th century structures on the estate and transformed them into an agriturismo with vacation apartments. At the same time, she converted the rest of the property into a working farm with olive groves and focused on improving the vineyards.
Shortly afterwards, she also began her Tuscan cooking school at Querceto.
However it wasn’t until 1998 when their eldest son Jacopo began working for the estate and founded the winery that the first vintage was bottled under the Querceto di Castellina label.
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Today Querceto di Castellina is truly a family affair with Laura's youngest son, Filippo joining the company in 2014 to assist managing the agriturismo. Jacopo's wife Mary is the newest addition to the Querceto team and heads up the marketing and hospitality side of the business.
Owner, matriarch, master of Tuscan cuisine and the heart and soul of Querceto
Onsite architect, jack of all trade and the determined man who stole Laura's heart
Winery founder, world traveller, lover of Los Angeles, sports car enthusiast and true optimist at heart
Director of marketing and hospitality, our Americana, the quintessential host and passionate hiker
Agriturismo director, Parisian architect, lover of motorcycles and proud father
Estate & Winemaking Team
behind our wines
With the winery from our very 1st vintage in 1998, our winemaker Gioia Cresti has worked closely with Jacopo since the very beginning to transform our wonderful grapes into great wines at Querceto di Castellina.
For over 10 years, Valerio Grella has dedicated his passion for enology and agriculture to the estate ensuring our vines are well taken care of and conditions in our cellar are optimal for each new vintage.