Located between Florence and Siena, Chianti is the place to be for a day immersed in history, art, food, and of course, wine degustation.
This region offers a unique landscape, with green, gentle hills covered with wide fields of vineyards and olive groves, small stone villages, characteristic parishes and countryside homes in stone.
We had the opportunity to do that last august, and we spent a magnificent day driving around the region, stopping in many medieval towns to contemplate their history, and appreciate their amazing food and wine.
We did a wine degustation at "Castello di Brolio" (Brolio's Castle). The impressive castle dominates the southern Chianti Classico countryside and has done so for over ten centuries. Located on top of an isolated hill a few kilometres from Gaiole in Chianti has been property of the Ricasoli family since 1141. Since then, the Ricasoli family has been making wines from the vineyards surrounding their estate and today Barone Ricasoli Castello di Brolio is the largest winery in the Chianti Classico area with 240 acres of vineyards and modern state-of-the-art wine-making facilities. It produces three million bottles of wine per year and its wines are exported all over the world. In addition to several Chianti Classico wines the winery produces a very good white wine, a Rose', Vin Santo dessert wine, grappa, and olive oil.
We recommend a wander through their amazing gardens and a visit to their wine shop for a wonderful experience in wine tasting.
Its most well-known wines are:
- Castello di Brolio Casalferro
- Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico Riserva “Rocca Guicciarda”
- Castello di Brolio Vin Santo
- Castello di Brolio Chianti Classico
- Brolio Chianti Classico
Visit their website for their complete history and other information on how to get there.