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Gaiole in Chianti, Tuscany

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If one is standing from a high vantage point, he will see Gaiole in Chianti as a picturesque medieval town framed by vineyards, lying on the valley floor with the nearby Massellone River, just meandering along its banks like a huge snake.

This is the next stop of our Chianti wine tour.

Since the 11th century, this town has been an important market center and a good base for wine tasting and for visiting the nearby impressive castles.

To the west of the town are the well-preserved walls and imposing donjon (circular tower) of the 13th century Castello di Vertine, one of the most striking sights in Chianti. Vertine is a 12th century village previously owned by the Ricasoli family. Nearby is Spaltenna where the 12th century Romanesque church of Santa Maria is located.

Going back and starting from the southern end of the town, is a road on the left of the Massellone River. This road will take you to the very picturesque village of Barbischio. It is a village of small houses clustered around an old tower, presumably what remains of a castle.

Gaiole in Chianti, Tuscany

About 3 km. south of the SS408 is the Castello di Meleto. Continue 4.5 km. and Castello di Castagnoli greets you like a guard of a medieval town. And of course, further south is the impressive and isolated Castello di Brolio, just 11 km. away and the next leg of our Chianti driving tour.

Wine Tasting

Of course, from one of the best in Chianti – at Castello di Ama.

This is a large estate, with high quality wines and a large array of grape varieties: Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Merlot and Pinot Nero produced as single varietals from separate vineyards. Look for Chianti Classico Bellavista & Vigna l’Apparita Merlot (super-Tuscan).