The vast views over the vineyards and valley below the Castello di Brolio are unsurpassed! Castello di Brolio has dominated the southern Chianti Classico countryside for more than ten centuries. The property has remained in the Ricasoli family since 1141 and is still used as a summer home for the current Ricasoli baron and family.
Visitors are free to roam through the English woods and stroll around the Renaissance gardens to take in the breathtaking views of glorious Chianti.
A guided tour of the castle museum and grounds includes a wine tasting for approximately 8 euros. The staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable; shipping can also be arranged and is efficiently handled. I highly recommend Barone Ricasoli’s 2009 Chianti Classico Riserva as a fine representation of the regional Chianti riserva wines and the 2011 Albia Rose which was very refreshing and surprisingly dry. Of course, you can’t go wrong with the 2010 Chianti Classico for every day wine.
Be sure and pick up a copy of the coveted Black Rooster road map (Le Strade del Gallo Nero) at Castello di Brolio’s gift shop. The detailed road map is priceless as it lists all the wine producers in the Chianti region, complete with phone numbers and websites. Unlike wine tasting in California, reservations for wine tasting and cellar tours are necessary as many wineries do not accept visitors. Italian winemakers take great pride in their craft and like to showcase their cellars with extensive property tours before the private tasting. Allow a few hours per winery visit. From Siena, Castello di Brolio is approximately 20 km. Head toward Gaiole-in-Chianti and look for the castle on the hill. It’s a truly unique experience and a perfect photo opportunity, not to mention the fantastic wines! For more information, www.ricasoli.it