Castello di Brolio
The Castello di Brolio belongs to one of the most fascinating monuments in the centre of the Chianti Classico. The castle, which stands high on a hill, surrounded by cypresses, has been the ancestral seat of the Ricasolo family since the Middle Ages.
The mighty walls and battlements illustrate the earlier importance of the castle as a Florentine outpost.
In the last few years, the Castello di Brolio has gained attention with its high quality wine. The family has been making wine on their estate since the 12th century and as such, is one of the oldest wine estates in the world.
Baron Ricasoli and the Chianti
The classic Chianti-formula, a codex of winemaking, can be attributed to the Baron Bettino Ricasoli (1809-1880).
The Codex Ricasoli from the year 1870 does not only declare the vine type and the special mixing ratio, but also gives instructions on how the wine should be distilled. A few years later, Chianti wine, which had been made following these strict rules, triumphed at international exhibitions.
The beautiful castle road winds through the landscape in the heart of the Chianti Classico. Clearly signposted, the road connects the region's old castles such as the Castello di Brolio. more
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