The Castello di Brolio is situated nearby the pretty village of Gaiole in Chianti, in the heart of the Chianti Classico area, a subdivision of the Chianti territory where the most renowned Chianti wines are produced.
Encircled by fortified walls, the Castello di Brolio overlooks the entire neighbouring countryside. It is a magnificent fortress coming from time immemorial distinguished by its remarkable characteristics as it is both the paradigm of the medieval defensive and residential architecture and an enormous wine estate which at present holds 230 ha circa of vineyards. Its first wine production came from 1141.
From Longobard origin, at the beginning of the 11th century the castle was given to the Abbey of Florence and since the first half of the 12th century it has been the seat of the noble Ricasoli Firodolfi family.
At the ending of the 12th century as the castle was considered by the Florentines one of the most strategic positions in their territorial area it became a Podestà (govern) site and new strengthening works were there made. In the second half of the 15th century the troops of Alfonso V of Aragon, King of Naples, allied of Milan and Sienna, overwhelmed the Castello di Brolio and finally seized and devastated it.
The Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo I de Medici, commissioned its reconstruction and fortification to the illustrious architect Giovanni da Sangalo who draw the fortified walls into a pentagonal shape.
In the 19th century the castle was almost completely reformed by Baron Bettino Ricasoli who changed it into a beautiful neo-gothic style.
In 1859 Baron Ricasoli (1809-1880) was the person in charge of the provisional government of Tuscany. After the Unity of Italy, he succeeded Benso di Cavour as premier in 1861. He was named again premier in 1866.
Nowadays the Castello di Brolio, continues its wine traditional production ruled by the Ricasoli family being one if the main wine chateau in the area of the Chianti Classico.
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
With the exception of the Baronale apartments, the indoors of the castle can be visited. It hosts a splendid palace with a neo-gothic chapel, The Chapel of S. Jacopo, and a surprising “deckhouse”.
Where to eat:
- “Il Carlino d’Oro”: a little and popular trattoria located in the nearby small village of San Regolo. With a traditional local cuisine, its highlight is the tasty roasted meat which comes from the cattle grew up in the local countryside. First plates and desserts are also excellent.
Wine list is very good.
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For more information about the Brolio Castle, please visit the Official web page
Main Towns of Chianti
Badia a Passignano,
Barberino val d' Elsa,
Castellina in Chianti,
Castello di Brolio,
Castello di Gabbiano,
Castello di Meleto,
Colle Val D' Elsa,
Greve in Chianti,
Mercatale Val di Pesa,
Panzano in Chianti,
Radda in Chianti,
Tavernelle Val di Pesa,
Badia a Coltibuono.
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