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TBT: Brolio Castle

Group at Brolio Castle

A Hand Crafted tour group enjoying the views from Brolio Castle, in Tuscany's Chianti region.

Located deep in the heart of Chianti wine country, midway between Florence and Siena, Brolio Castle has been in the Ricasoli family for more than 800 years. During the Middle Ages wars between the independent republics of Florence and Siena led to construction of many defensive structures like this, the owners swearing allegiance to one side or the other. The Ricasoli family sided with Florence, and their castle was one of the most powerful in Chianti. "When Brolio growls, all Siena trembles" was a local saying.

In the late 1800's Baron Bettino Ricasoli had the old family estate rebuilt in a neo-Gothic style. During his time at the castle he began experimenting with the local wines, developing what today is the recipe for high quality Chianti wines. The Ricasoli Winery is still one of the premier wine producers in the Chianti region.

The interior of the castle is off limits to tourists, as its still used by the family. Visitors can explore the castle grounds, though, and enjoy stunning views of the surrounding vineyards and forest..

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