Allegrini 2018

The Querciabella project: transforming the Eco-monster into the Door of the territory

7.000 square meters acquired in Greve in Chianti to be demolished and redeveloped to include logistics, a didactic vineyard and green areas
Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni at the helm of Querciabella

Wineries are often the sentinel of territories, as they preserve the landscape. Sometimes, however, they go further, recovering and transforming it for the better. That is what the Querciabella winery, a relatively new company (founded in 1974) but at the highest Chianti Classico quality, has done. At the end of 2018, at a public auction the winery acquired a partially built 7.000 square meter area in Greve in Chianti, abandoned for over 10 years, at the doors of one of the most famous Italian and world wine territories. The buildings, never completed, will be demolished and converted not only into the company's new logistics center (80% self-produced energy from renewable sources), but also in a “locus novus” for the entire community. There will be an educational vineyard and green spaces connected with the Oriana Fallaci Park in the center of Greve, becoming a unique walkway (completion of the project is planned for the 2021 grape harvest) between the historic core and what will become the new “Porta del Chianti”.
The “Eco-monster”, therefore, will enhance the area and become productive and liveable for the Landscape. Demolition work will start on May 4th.

“We are happily committed to this project“, stated Sebastiano Cossìa Castiglioni, president of Querciabella, “which will give us the opportunity to demonstrate to those almost 2 million people and tourists who visit Chianti Classico each year, a vision of sustainability for the territory and a message for future generations of good ethical practices in agriculture, the bio-dynamic world to which we have been committed for almost 20 years and our idea of respect for the life of others, including animals, our choice to be vegan for which Querciabella has always been an internationally recognized witness”.
As mentioned, in the spirit of the project, curated by Studio Mori Associati of the architect Spartaco Mori, energy and environmental sustainability of the new structure are firmly the core goal, as they use more than 80% of self-produced energy through renewable sources.
It is an important investment for the company, which is spread over 100 hectares of which 70 are on the eastern slopes of the Valle della Greve, near the village of Ruffoli and the slopes of Monte San Michele, in the municipality of Greve in Chianti, while 30 hectares are in the municipality of Alberese in Maremma, from which the internationally critically acclaimed wines are exported to 54 countries.

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