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An ancient farm for the future of Marchesi Ginori Lisci

The property of the Marchesi Ginori Lisci winery extends over an incontaminated area of 2000 hectares in the Val di Cecina, between Volterra and the sea. The heart and soul of the estate is the castle, Castello Ginori di Querceto, perched up high on a hill, in the middle of a magic village of medieval origin whose long history is entwined with the rich history of the Ginori Lisci family, full of traders, seafarers, businessmen and entrepreneurs, all looking-forward innovators. The Porcelain Manufacture founded by Carlo Ginori in 1735 is still active to this day. 

Most of the estate is made up of hills covered with intact, magnificent coppice and Mediterranean “macchia”. 700 hectares of soft hills and irrigated plains make up the agricultural part of the estate; 20 hectares are olive groves in the area around the Castle and a further 17 hectares are devoted to vineyards, all organic, with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Syrah, Viognier and Vermentino vine varieties. The vineyards are registered with the Montescudaio DOC and are in the lower hills on three plots of land with homogenous pedo-climatic characteristics. Production is carried out with careful and natural actions to satisfy requirements for the producing of top quality organic wines.



The heart of the winery

In 2003 a new cellar was created in the ancient village of Querceto by restoring existing old buildings. The barn, the former carpentry and the harvest warehouse were all transformed. The barrel cellar used to be an old barn which had been used as the village theatre; the ancient stage was restored and is now used for wine-tastings and events connected to wine.


The cellar is made up of:


Grape reception area: The 20 kg crates are unloaded unto a conveyor belt connected to a sorting table where the grapes are selected by hand. The selected grapes are conveyed into the crusher-destemmer. The “pigiato” or crushed grapes fall into the fermentation tank underneath.


Tinaia or fermentation tank: the grape must is collected in small tubs in either stainless steel or cement, all fit with thermo-regulation; thermo-regulation is essential for the well-balanced outcome of the alcohol fermentation. Excessive temperature risks causing the arrest of fermentation, in fact at the beginning of the harvest, in the first few days of September, external temperature can be up to 30° centigrade.


Barrel cellar: Ageing takes place in 225 lt barriques in fine-grained medium toasted oak. Barriques last three years.



Not to be missed when visiting Querceto is a visit to the cellar with wine-tasting of the Marchesi Ginori Lisci organic wines Montescudaio DOC and their extra-virgin olive oil. Visitors are accompanied on a short pleasant walk along the alleys of the village and can discover the history of the Castle then reach the area where wine production takes place.

The Ginori Lisci family has restructured and restored the old buildings formerly used for farming and the old theatre and have created an ideal space for the production of top quality wines. Castello Ginori di Querceto is an ideal destination for enotourism in Tuscany.

The visit ends with tasting in our Wine Shop “la Dispensa del Castello”, set up in the charming old olive press of the village, with original machinery still in place, including the beautiful original stone mill.

Guided visits are available only if booked ahead of time and for a minimum of 4 people.

For or call +39 0588 37472 or +39 345 3234042.

​Wine Shop opening hours: every day from 11 am to 1 pm and from 4 pm to 8 pm.

Opening hours of the wine shop during winter months: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 1pm and from 4pm to 7pm.

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