The Sites of Chianti Classico
Chianti Classico is one of the most famous wine regions in the world – and one of the most picturesque. The Tuscan landscape is celebrated for its breathtaking beauty showcasing lush vines and ancient architecture that have been featured in magazines, books and movies for years. Among the most Instagram-worthy locations is the Brolio estate of Ricasoli on display in this slideshow – along with other highlights from the region.
Above is an aerial view of the Ricasoli estate. With its gentle hills, velvety valleys and thick woodlands of oaks and chestnuts, the 1,200 hectares of property include almost 240 hectares of vineyards and 26 of olive groves.
Brolio Castle towers over the Ricasoli company lands, the most extensive in the Chianti Classico area. It has been rebuilt and modified several times, and today, it bears the marks of the different eras: there are the fortified medieval bastions, Romanesque and neo-Gothic additions and unique 19th-century Tuscan details.
A picture-perfect view of the Meleto Village during sunrise. It’s part of the enchanting Gaiole landscape that features beautiful cypress trees and juniper bushes. The Meleto Castle is elevated above the fields and vineyards, near the border between Siena and Florence.
An aerial view of Badia of Coltibuono. This charming destination, which was previously a monastery, is located on the Monti del Chianti hillside that’s part of an expansive landscape. It’s easy to access from Arezzo, Florence, and Siena via beautiful roads that make for an unforgettable drive.
The vineyards around Gaioli in Chianti, featuring the Spaltenna castle-church on the right during a spectacular foggy sunrise. The Spaltenna is a traditional example of a Tuscan-fortified settlement that includes a monastery (previously a castle), a parish church, and several farmhouses.