Press

October 8, 2010

Querciabella

Camartina 2007 Showered with Record Number of Industry Awards

Three Glasses, Three Green Glasses, Three Glasses Plus, Grande Vino, the Chiocciola, the Bottle and Five Clusters, all point to another triumphant year for Querciabella.

Sexy. Powerful. Majestic. These are just a few of the qualifiers used over the decades by the world’s most prominent critics when putting into words a wine as extraordinary as Camartina, winner of Best Italian Wine in 2003 for its 2000 vintage.

Coveted awards and lavish praise have been the hallmarks of Camartina since its 1981 maiden vintage emerged at the Querciabella estate in Chianti Classico. This year, Gambero Rosso is singing the praises of the legendary Super Tuscan in its upcoming edition of Italian Wines: bestowing upon Camartina its thirteenth Three Glasses to date, in addition to the Three
Glasses Plus, reserved for only 32 of the 20,000 wines initially reviewed for the guide. Winners of the Plus award are singled out as personal favorites of Gambero Rosso’s Director Daniele Cernilli. Querciabella’s owner Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni received the celebratory news in a hand-written note from Cernilli himself, in which the influential wine critic calls Camartina 2007 “magnifico”. Three Green Glasses also pay tribute to Camartina in Italian Wines 2011 for the biodynamic practices employed during all phases of wine growing and production. A benchmark for prestige winemaking based in dedicated land stewardship, Querciabella is in fact the only biodynamic winery to receive all three awards from Gambero Rosso on this occasion.

This year also marks the arrival of Slow Wine, the inaugural edition of the Slow Food association’s guide to Italian wines. Once again, Camartina 2007 is awarded the highest honors, receiving the guide’s Grande Vino classification, presented to only 200 of over 20,000 wines tasted by Slow Wine judges. Additional accolades are given to Querciabella by the Slow Wine editorial team, in the form of the iconic Slow Food snail or Chiocciola, for espousing values as a wine producer that directly reflect those of the Slow Food movement, as well as the Bottle, for the superior quality demonstrated across the board during tastings of Querciabella’s full range of wines.

Further homage is paid to Camartina 2007 in the upcoming edition of Duemilavini, published by the Italian Sommeliers Association (AIS), in which Querciabella’s flagship wine receives the prestigious 5 Grappoli or clusters, making this the eighth vintage to receive such supreme acclaim from this authoritative wine guide.

Widely regarded as the most emblematic wine of the Querciabella estate, Camartina is produced from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese grapes, organically grown since 1988 and biodynamic since 2000. Solely produced in optimal vintages, Camartina is a quintessential product of its territory thanks to the uncompromising standards that have characterized Querciabella since the estate was founded in 1974 and to the past 22 years of unwavering conservationist viticulture.

Stephanie Cuadra · Communications & Marketing Director
+ 39 02 7487 3106 · stc@querciabella.com · www.querciabella.com
Società Agricola Querciabella SpA