Chianti, the hilly land running between Florence and Siena, is the heart of Tuscany: an endless landscape of vineyards; of chestnut, oak and holm woods, and of medieval hamlets and castles. It is a land closely identified by its wine.
Brolio Castle, property of the Ricasoli family since 1141, is today the most important and grandiose of the castles in Chianti and is renowned at an international level for being the seat from where my great-grandfather Bettino Ricasoli studied and nursed autochthonous vines such as Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Malvasia and Trebbiano, the grapes that make the famous Chianti wine. The American magazine Family Business placed the Barone Ricasoli vineyards in the fourth place worldwide among family-owned companies, and in second place in the wine-making sector.
Brolio Castle was our childhood home and many fond memories are associated to it. It is still a gathering place for our family and is used for the promotion of Ricasoli wines.
My brother Francesco and I created an exhibition with part of the family’s collection, explaining the agricultural and military history of the Ricasoli Firidolfi family. It is dedicated to our forefather Bettino and is open to the public.
This delightful landscape with its nature and perfectly harmonious architecture, not lacking its fair share of technology, is celebrated worldwide and particularly appreciated by international movie directors such as Bertolucci in “Stealing Beauty”, and the Shakespearean “Much Ado About Nothing” by Kenneth Branagh.
Brolio Castle can be reached in around an hour from Florence: ideal for a day excursion to achieve the perfect balance between food and wine culture in the countryside, at the Ricasoli Estate, and shopping and cultural days in downtown Florence at the Leone Blu Residence.
For further information:
On Brolio Castle http://www.ricasoli.it
On Chianti and Tuscany http://www.turismo.intoscana.it