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Wine - Siena

Borgo Grondaie’s wine cellar comes mainly from our love for wine. We do not pretend to be experts on wines but simply lovers of this fantastic nature’s son, that human hands have been wisely transformed.

Some of the wines we offer in our cellar come from a private collection that brings together wines from different regions of Italy. Many of these wines are very valuable because of special years. For these reasons we have thought there was important to widen the offer  including local wines, especially producers of Chianti Classico and IGT. Our goal has been to find producers who are able to offer an excellent combination of price and quality.

You will enjoy more our wine if you travel in places that defile it, give it life and refine... and you'll understand why the wine tells a story worth telling.

Here we propose the following two routes: one in the Chianti area and the other south to the land of Brunello.

Our trip is in Chianti Classico heart, an hilly area of special beauty between Siena and Florence. Take the SS222 direction Castellina in Chianti. The first stop is Fonterutoli, recorded for the first time in a document of 998. The place is known to scholars because  inside  the village church - the church of San Miniato - was signed the agreement that made the wars between Siena and Florence ended. Of the ancient village remains the plan  with the small square where nowadays  stands the new church and several houses dating back to 1500. To visit the winery Mazzei, owner of   Fonterutoli mark, you need to book in advance - 0577.741385 - or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it The tasting of four wines  costs 5 euros.

From Fonterutoli you should continue on 222 towards Castellina in Chianti. In a place called Castellare, near Castellina, I suggest a stop at Podere Castellare, a farm of 80 hectares of which 33 are vineyards. The wines are of excellent quality, awarded several times with high scores on Wine Spectator. Beautiful labels make frame to the wines produced, of which I recommend "I Sodi di San Niccolò"  with only native grapes. For more information please contact the company by phone 0577.742903 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

From Castellina in Chianti we continue our journey along the highway 429 towards Radda in Chianti. The country is well worth a visit. Inhabited since the ninth century BC, the town was the seat of Chianti League  and of Podestà, as evidenced by the splendid Palazzo del Podesta. Spend some time to visit  the Grand Duke's Icehouse, built in 1800 to preserve and transform the snow into ice and the Museum of Chianti.Holy Art.

Among the wineries near Radda  we recommend to see  Volpaia and the castle of Albola.

The guided tour of Volpaia requires  the reservation by contacting the Company via email - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it - or phone - 0577.738066 -

 

The peculiarity is that the whole village is involved in the production. The wine cellars,  the vinsantaia, bottling, oil rooms and grinder are located in the basement, in the halls, desecrated churches and all connected by an underground wine road.

 

We find traces of Albola castle since the twelfth century  while the medieval town was built in the fifteenth century. The property covers 850 hectares of which 157 of grapes. The tasting room, inside the beautiful settlement, is open from April to November every day from 10.00 am to 6.30 pm. For more information please call 0577.738019 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Drive from Radda to Gaiole in Chianti on the 408. We suggest a stop at Ceramiche Rampini. There, we don’t find wine products  but  extremely beautiful home made ceramics.

Go on  along the road 408. There are many historic villas in the Chianti region. We suggest a visit - and of course the tasting –at  two castles. The first one you meet on the way back to Siena is  Castle of Meleto. There is no firm date regarding the birth of the castle but it appears in some papers of the twelfth century  as  property of the Ricasoli-Firidolfi family. The building underwent changes and additions over the centuries that have not changed its beauty. For information on visits and tasting www.castellomeleto.it

Going on towords Siena on the 408. After  few kilometers you will see is the intersection to Monti in Chianti and Brolio - your destination. The first traces of the castle take us to 1009 but the castle will become important a few years later as a result of wars between Siena and Florence. After the second Aragon attack  in 1529 the castle was conquered by the Duke of Calabria. Siena orders to demolish the medieval castle. It remain only the base of the escarpment and the tower and little else. Reconstruction ends in 1553. The present appearance of the castle is due to the restoration promoted by Baron Bettino Ricasoli in 1860.

The Ricasoli family is still the owner of Brolio and skillfully continues the production of wine and oil. For the tasting is not necessary to book but it becomes essential if you want to visit wineriesOnly few year ago the castle rooms have been opened to the public. A show not to be missed. Ask the possibility of an integrated ticket with visits to wineries, tasting and castle and if you have time  stop for lunch/dinner at their Osteria.

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This is the last stop on our short trip, in a land that has much, much more to offer.

We apologize to those we haven’t mentioned. We have just opened a book and started reading ....