Azienda Agricola San Quirico | Organic estate winery in Località Pancole in the San Gimignano region of Tuscany in Italy. The estate produces white wines under the Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, and red wines under the San Gimignano Rosso DOC and Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG. Some San Gimignano Vin Santo DOC has also been made.

Owner | Husband and wife. Andrea Vecchione (good friend of Roberto Falchini). He is an agronomist and oenologist, who also consults to other local estates. Children are Isabella and Lapo (a Florentine name) who is an engineer. Andrea Vecchione’s great-grandfather bought the land in 1860. The house was built by Andrea Vecchione’s grandfather in 1900. In 1970 the first wines are bottled.

Vineyards | 100% in Pancole, north-west of the town of San Gimignano. 250m. Sand and clay. 30ha of vines of which 19.5ha Vernaccia di San Gimignano, 5.5ha Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG and 5ha of San Gimignano Rosso DOC.

Viticulture | Organic manure. Work the soil.

Organic certification | 2004 First vintage with full organic certification. | 2019 Still organic.

Winery | Simple rustic winery with tanks on the forecourt when I visited in 2005.

Sparkling wines

Vernaccia Spumante | Charmat method.

White wines

Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG, San Quirico | 2003 Good crisp clean basic wine (visit 2005). | 2012 Decent weight, citrus a bit uneven, and phenolic. Better picking, pressing and hygiene needed (Anteprima 2013). | 2018 20,000 bottles. Nice weight, creamy, very good entry wine for anyone seeking a benchmark Vernaccia (Anteprima 2019).

Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG Riserva, Campi Santi | From a single vineyard. | 2001 Unoaked. Clean, not a wine for ageing, but with authentic flavours (visit 2005).

Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG Riserva, Isabella | One of the best Vernaccia di San Gimignano Riserva wines. From a single vineyard.| 1999 Fermented in botti of 57hl; 6 months on lees with stirring; then one year in stainless; this one starting to fade and a bit stinky too (visit 2005). | 2006 23hl. Aged in botti (French and Slovenian). Bit heavy and sherry-like, depth but badly made (Anteprima 2013). | 2008 24m in French tonneaux. Then aged in cement vats. Then bottled. Nice buttery-oaked style, salty and classic (Anteprima 2019).

Red wines

San Gimignano Rosso DOC, Botticello | 2001 Light, green, dry and chaptalised during dinner at Fattoria di Larniano on Monday evening 14th Feb 2005. | 2001 75% Sangiovese, 25% Cab Sauv. 18 months in botti. Decent but a bit stinky; not bad, light sweet fruit; genuine style (visit 2005).

Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG | 2003 100% Sangiovese. Cordon. 3-4has from early 1970s. Hand picked. Delicious fruit, decent, fresh, and a bit wild, also rustic but great value for money (visit 2005).

Vin Santo

San Gimignano Vin Santo DOC | 2006 Produced.

Other crops2005 Saffron. 2019 6ha of olives

Contact

Azienda Agricola San Quirico

Loc Pancole, 39

I-53037 San Gimignano (SI = Siena), Italy

Tel+39 0577.955007 | Email az.agr.sanquirico@libero.it

Bibliography

Visit 15th Feb 2005

Vernaccia Anteprima 2019, Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, San Gimignano Wednesday 13th February.