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Castello di Brolio - birthplace of Chianti Classico

  • Castello di Brolio - birthplace of Chianti Classico

    Set around 10 km south of Gaiole, and 20 km from Siena, Castello di Brolio makes for a memorable day out. As well as a ramble through Chianti wine history, take in the sweeping vineyard views from the ramparts. Of the many former Florentine castles in the woods, Castello di Brolio is the most impressive – not least because of its views over the original Chianti vineyards stretching as far as Siena and Monte Amiata. This castle is a curious hybrid, a villa remodelled as a neo-Gothic castle.

    Tuscan aristocrats, including the Antinori and Frescobaldi families, have often been making wine since Renaissance times. Baron Ricasoli, whose descendants now run the castellated villa, first designated the grape mixes to be used in Chianti wine. In the mid19th-century, Barone Bettino Ricasoli capitalised on improvements in production and spearheaded the modernisation of wine-making, with the establishment of the Chianti Classico brand. Essentially, Barone Ricasoli found¬ed the modern Chianti wine in¬dus¬try, with his wine business continued by the present family. A Chianti consortium, the Consorzio Chianti Classico, acts as a quality control for all Chianti Classico produced in the region. The designated symbol, the gallo nero (black cockerel) designates quality.

    Book a visit to the castle gardens and cellars. Tour the estate, taste the wines, and see the family museum. The sunset tour is the most private and includes dinner in L’Osteria del Castello, the Ricasoli’s restaurant. Your castle ticket also allows for a free wine-tasting in the Ricasoli tasting rooms below the castle. Sample Barone Ricasoli Castello di Brolio Chianti Classico 2006.  For more on the castle history, see Castello di Brolio in our general Chianti guide. For more on the history of Chianti Classico, see our Radda guide and visit the Casa Chianti Classico.

    Address: Castello di Brolio
    Localita Madonna a Brolio
    53013
    Gaiole di Chianti
    Tel: 0577 7301
    Web: www.ricasoli.com

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