US wine importer Maisons Marques & Domaines USA Inc. has agreed a distribution deal with the Tuscan wine estate Agricola Querciabella.

The Querciabella wines, the 2003 Querciabella Chianti Classico, 2001 Camartina and the 2003 Batar, will be available in all US markets from the end of this month.

Querciabella wines are all estate-bottled and made from selected grapes from southeast and southwest-facing vineyards in Ruffoli in the Greve region of Chianti. Querciabella was founded in 1974 by Giuseppe Castiglioni, and is now managed and owned by Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni.

"I have long admired the wines of Italy and it is an honour to import the Tuscan wines of Querciabella," said Maisons Marques & Domaines president Gregory Balogh. "Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni shares with Jean Claude Rouzaud, the owner and winemaker of Champagne Louis Roederer, the same philosophy based on vineyard ownership and rigorous winemaking, which are the core elements that lead to uncompromising quality."

Maisons, Marques & Domaines, USA was founded in 1987 as the US marketing company for Champagne Louis Roederer and Roederer's Californian wines, Roederer Estate. The company also represents a host of other French names, including Champagne Deutz, Domaines Ott, Chateau de Pez, Domaines Schlumberger, and Ets Jean-Pierre Moueix, as well as Scharffenberger Cellars, the South African properties of Meerlust, Le Bonheur, Uytkyk, and Fleur du Cap, and Portugal's Adriano Ramos Pinto.