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Castello di Brolio,Chianti, Tuscany

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Like a king watching his dominion, Castello di Brolio sits atop a solitary hillock, within the mighty fortress erected by Florence in the 15th century. Massive, imposing, and majestic, it commands an unimpeded view of the Chianti landscape.

This is the next destination of our Chianti driving tour.

Bettino Ricasole, prime minister of the Kingdom of Italy from 1861-1862 and in 1866-1867 owned this property until his death in 1880. His descendents now own and manage the estate.

The castle is a sight to behold – and a pleasant distraction from the endless rows of grapevines surrounding it and the different hues of green in the landscape.

Castello di Brolio,Chianti, Tuscany

A total of 300 hectares is devoted to growing grapes, and about 26 hectares planted with olive trees.

The castle has an elegant restaurant serving authentic Tuscan cuisine and an enviable wine list from the estate’s cellar.

This castle also has an English garden with some rare plant species, trees, and pathways going to the castle.

The castle, the church of San Jacopo, and its gardens are open for public tours. A minimal fee is required. Closed during Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Fridays in winter.

Reservations are required for wine tasting and wine cellar tours.

After a day of touring the wine cellars or the alleys of this castle, the road from Castello di Brolio to Castelnuovo Berardenga beckons.