Brolio Castle

Castello di Brolio in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy 

Brolio castle

Brolio Castle is a nineteenth century Gothic revival structure built on the foundations of an important fort originating in the 10 C. During Medici times, Brolio Castle was greatly modified with the addition of some of the first anti-cannon bastions constructed in Italy. Also during the 19 C, a forested park in the English style plus a neo-Renaissance italianate garden were created. The walls, gardens and the chapel are open to the public, and there are magnificent views as far as Siena from the bastions. Brolio Castle is a well-known wine producer.

Brolio's greatest claim to fame is that it was the home of Baron Bettino Ricasoli, the Iron Baron, a descendant of the family that has owned Brolio since 1144, and an important politician of the Risorgimento. He is perhaps best know nowadays as the formulator of the grape blend that defined Chianti wine for more than 150 years.

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