In the Chianti Classico region of the province of Siena, medieval castle and winery with vineyards and olive grove. This luxury property is located in a dominating panoramic location, with 360° degree views of the surrounding hills, 16 km from Gaiole in Chianti and 12 km from Siena. In Gaiole, lovely small town with 2700 inhabitants, Baron Bettino Ricasoli developed the Chianti Classico formula for 4 blended grape varieties in 1872.
Firenze-Peretola airport and Perugia-Sant’Egidio airport can be reached in less than one hour and a half, while Pisa-Galilei airport and Bologna-Marconi airport are approx. Two hours away.
Description of the buildings
The oldest written evidence of the castle dates back to the year 912, but in the property some Etruscan finds and a Roman wall were found. For centuries the castle had been fought over by Siena and Florence for dominance.
The estate includes 50 ha of land, the castle complex, a maisonette house, a studio apartment, an impressive infinity pool, the wine cellar with office and tasting room and four under-ground garages.
Inside the castle complex there are 7/8 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, kitchen, hall, dining room, reception halls, historic wine cellar, sitting on a Roman wall inside the Castle and various function rooms. The Castle complex includes a guest wing with separate entrance, featuring a kitchen, living/dining rooms, 3 bed-rooms and 2 bathrooms.
The construction of a new wine cellar was finished in 2001. In the same building there are the offices and an impressive tasting room. The wine cellar is equipped with modern stainless steel machineries, barriques, tonneaux; the fermentation takes place in computer-controlled steel vats.
State and finishes
The castle has been carefully restored with high-quality materials, respecting the traditional Tuscan materials and the original structures, but adding also services and up-to-date systems. Moreover, during the restoration most of the vineyards were re-planted with new clones of Sangiovese.
Internally, the property has exposed stone walls, brick arches, terracotta floorings, ceilings with chestnut beams and terracotta tiles, while externally it features stone and brick walls, thermally insulated window frames in chestnut with internal shutters in Tuscan style. It is equipped with the most up-to date electrical, plumbing and heating systems, and it has a security system. The bathrooms are particularly well-finished and well equipped.
The winery has 50 hectares of land, of which 16 ha of vineyard, 3 ha of olive grove and 31 ha of woodland etc.
Details about the wine production
Extension of vineyards: 16 hectares, with 14 ha. Presently in production (Chianti Classico)
Grapes variety and hectares of vineyards: 2.7 ha of Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Malvasia + 2.0 ha of Sangiovese Grosso + 1.0 ha Cabernet Sauvignon + 1.5 ha Merlot + 8.3 ha of new clones of Sangiovese.
Age of the vineyards: Excepting the old, traditional 2,7 ha the average age is 15 years. The last 8 hectares were planted with the new clones of Sangiovese, selected by the Consorzio del Chianti Classico.
Altitude of the vineyards: 330 metres above sea level
Vine training system: Guyot
Density of the vines: 4000 – 5000 plants a hectare
Type of soil of the vineyards: Calcareous and medium-textured soil, with a good quantity of clay, sand and tuff.
Bottles produced annually: 60,000 – 100,000 bottles, depending on selection and year.
Markets: The estate’s wines are exported all over the world.
In addition to wine, Vinsanto, two kinds of grappa and extra virgin olive oil are produced here.
Use and potential uses
The property is made up of an important Medieval castle and a modern winery. In the wine cellar professional tours with wine tasting are arranged.