The history of the Ricasoli family has been linked to wine since 1141, when there is written testimony attesting that the Ricasoli family already possessed Brolio Castle. After centuries defending their lands and feudal sovereignty, the Ricasoli family understood the great potential of the Brolio territory. They were among the first to dedicate themselves to the improvement of agriculture and vineyards. In fact, the family tree, reproduced in a print from 1584, is one of the first images of the Chianti area.

Interesting documents from the late 1600s report the first exports to Amsterdam and England. At the start of the 1900s, the wines from Brolio were well known and appreciated, requested and exported all over the world. From China to Saudi Arabia, from South Africa to Guatemala, from Costa Rica to the one-time British colonies in Africa. Most especially, in 1872 Baron Bettino Ricasoli (1809 – 1880), illustrious politician and visionary wine entrepreneur originated the formula for Chianti wine, now called Chianti Classico.

Today, Ricasoli is the most representative wine producer in the Chianti Classico area. With its gentle hills, velvety valleys and thick woodlands of oaks and chestnuts, the 1,200 hectares of the property include almost 240 hectares of vineyards and 26 of olive groves.

This creates a continuous succession of colors and hues around the Brolio Castle, which is located within the town limits of Gaiole in Chianti. Since 1993, Baron Francesco Ricasoli has been guiding this central Tuscan company in innovative challenges. This has been done with the deepest respect for his renowned ancestors who have made this territory great, Bettino Ricasoli first and foremost.

Francesco Ricasoli

Francesco Ricasoli, the current owner and President of the company, has generated new ideas and concepts to render the vineyards sustainable. The ongoing study of soil types and the clonal selection of the Brolio Sangiovese are among his greatest passions, and he has totally renovated the vineyards and completely mapped them.

The new wines are therefore the expression of research carried out with the same scientific rigor of his illustrious ancestor but with a contemporary spirit, like a runner receiving the baton and carrying it forward with renewed energy.

Winery Profile:

Owner
Francesco Ricasoli
Founded
1141.
Winemaker
Massimiliano Biagi
Annual production
2.500.000 bottles
Vineyards
240 ha
Web site
www.ricasoli.com

Owner
Francesco Ricasoli
Founded
1141.
Winemaker
Massimiliano Biagi
Annual production
2.500.000 bottles
Vineyards
240 ha
Web site
www.ricasoli.com

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Chianti, Toscana

Tuscany, the romanticized swath of central Italy known for its rolling hills, cypress trees and stone castles, is also home to Chianti. Its history stems from the Etruscans, who were the first to identify the region as an attractive source for grapes. The Romans further developed the area’s agriculture, which also included olives.

Today, the production zones of Chianti fall around Florence in the north, Siena in the south, Arezzo in the east, and Pisa in the west.

The first Chianti wine zone was officially demarcated by Grand Duke Cosimo Medici III in 1716. Barone Ricasoli of Castello di Brolio winery is credited with laying the foundations of the modern Chianti style in the late 19th Century. At that time, Chianti wine was made using a wide range of local varieties, including white grapes. The Chianti DOC title was created in 1967, and in 1984 the region was promoted to the highest level of Italian wine classification: DOCG.

The area’s most highly regarded wines come from the Chianti Classico zone, which was awarded a separate DOCG status in 1996. As in other Italian regions, the Classico designation roughly corresponds to the original (and so theoretically the best) area of production in the Chianti hills, first codified in the early 1700s. Classico bottles (when sold in Europe) are adorned with the famous black rooster (gallo nero) seal. It relates to a legend told about the use of roosters to settle a border dispute between the warring provinces of Sienna and Florence. The black cockerel was the symbol of Florence, while the white cockerel represented Sienna. It’s clear who dominated that contest.

Ricasoli Wines

  • Raritas Collection of Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 3/1 2015

    22.750 rsd
  • Albia Rose

    Albia Rose 2020

    1.370 rsd
  • Albia Bianco

    Albia Bianco 2020

    1.370 rsd
  • Brolio Bettino Chianti Classico

    Brolio Bettino Chianti Classico 2016

    2.510 rsd
  • Castello di Brolio Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2016

    5.630 rsd
  • Colledilà Chianti Classico Gran Selezione

    Colledilà Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2016

    6.150 rsd
  • Ricasoli Chianti

    Ricasoli Chianti 2019

    1.130 rsd