The estate dates back to 1860 when Vincenzo Vecchione first realized the value of the local terrior. His passion and dedication was passed down the family generations to this date, where Isabella Vecchione now owns and works the same land. Her father Andrea replanted his 10 hectares of vineyards around 30 years ago and he was one of few in the area of San Gimignano who took a scientific approach to the task. The results have been so outstanding that his vineyards were a prime source for grafting selections in the entire area. The family started botting wine under their own label in 1974.
Half of the vineyards are under the Vernaccia de San Gimignano DOC and the other half are in Chianti Colli Senesi.
In 2000 the family started the transition towards organic farming, receiving their USDA NOP (National Organic Program) certification for the wines in 2003.
The San Quirico Winery takes its name from the nearby commune of San Quirico d’Orcia located in the province of Siena, one of Tuscany’s most beautiful areas. The Province of Siena is divided into 35 municipalities, 15 of which are home to the production of Chianti Colli Senesi. It is here that San Quirico produces their red wine, Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG, amidst a landscape of cypress trees and rolling hills crisscrossed by ancient roads and dotted with picturesque villages and medieval castles.
San Gimignano is a pristinely preserved, medieval walled town perched on a hilltop, within which one can find stunning examples of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. The historic center of the town is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s in vineyards surrounding this beautiful town that the family grows the grapes that are used in their two textbook examples of Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG white wines.
The vineyards are well exposed on the rolling hills at an altitude ranging from 200 to 300 m.
Harvest is done by hand in boxes that can hold 200 kg and the grapes are moved to the cellar where they undergo a soft pressing. The obtained must undergo their fermentation either in vitrified cement or stainless-steel vats.
The Vecchione family believes the wine is principally made from the land and in the vineyards. Only great grapes can produce great wines.
Vernaccia di San Gimignano
100% Vernaccia. The family's organic vineyards are all on the hills surrounding the town of San Gimignano at between 200-300 elevation. Hand-picked, soft pneumatic press. Fermentation in temperature-controlled cement tanks using selected yeast, lees contact for about 40 days with batonage every 3 days. Settled and refined in stainless before bottling.
Vernaccia di San Gimignano "La Paglierina"
100% Vernaccia. Selected grapes from the family's organic vineyards on the hills surrounding the town of San Gimignano at between 200-300 elevation. Hand-picked, soft pneumatic press. Fermentation in temperature-controlled cement tanks using selected yeast, aged on lees for 12 months. Settled and refined in stainless before bottling.
Chianti Colli Senesi
100% Sangiovese from the family’s organic vineyards in the San Quirico commune, Siena province. Cordon trained, 4,000 vines per hectare, maximum yield of 80 quintals/hctr. Hand-picked, sorted abnd gently pressed. Skin maceration for 9-12 days followed by alcoholic fermentation. Aging in French Tonneaux for 10 months, bottle settling for a minimum of 6 month.