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October 7, 2010

Querciabella

Querciabella Welcomes Luca Currado as Winemaking Director

Querciabella Welcomes Luca Currado into the Cellar as Winemaking Director.

Since the early 1970s, wines of inimitable character have been the hallmark of Querciabella, Tuscany’s premier biodynamic estate. The appointment of renowned vigneron Luca Currado as Winemaking Director, exemplifies how the winery intends to reach even greater heights of territory-driven excellence in the coming years. Currado, a member of Piedmont’s Vietti wine dynasty, is equally intent on taking his craft to the next level. “I am like the conductor of an orchestra,” says Currado, “whose only focus is on achieving maximum quality”.

Currado’s entry coincides with numerous ambitious projects under way at the award-winning estate in Chianti Classico, including the acquisition of spectacular new vineyards and the recent completion of a special vinification cellar. “It is a unique privilege to work with an authority of Luca’s caliber,” says Querciabella’s owner, Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni. “Querciabella is about uncompromising quality, relentless innovation and respect for the environment; I cannot think of someone better suited to help us continue on that path.”

The new lead winemaker will divide his time between his family’s estate and Querciabella, where he will rely on ground support from an onsite crew, which includes veteran figures like Dales D’Alessandro in Chianti Classico and Marco Torriti in Maremma, the driving forces behind the move from organic viticulture to biodynamics in 2000. A gifted agronomist and passionate biodynamicist, D’Alessandro recently took on the role of Technical Director. This year marks his twelfth harvest at Querciabella, affirming that continuity of operations will be preserved throughout this historic transition.

Querciabella also welcomed South African cellar master Manfred Ing to the staff this year. Handpicked by Currado, Ing has rapidly become an important resource during all phases of production. He brings remarkable vineyard and cellar experience to Querciabella from previous stints in Italy, South Africa, New Zealand and California’s Napa Valley. “My motto,” Ing says, “is to make wine the world will take note of.”

Further key appointments during this dramatic shift include that of former Credit Suisse Trust Managing Director Marino Di Pietro, as CEO and CFO, along with lifelong Castiglioni family insider Roberto Lasorte, in the role of co-CEO. Strategic direction will also come from University of Florence Professor Vincenzo Zampi, a leading authority on wine industry marketing and management. Communications specialist Stephanie Cuadra, a native of Los Angeles, will oversee PR and marketing efforts in Italy and abroad. Cesare Turini stepped down from the Executive Board to focus on personal business interests, though he will continue to serve as a close company advisor.

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