Castello di Meleto dates back to the 13th century when it belonged to Benedictine monks. Later, it became a part of the the Ricasoli's property, the same family who owned Castello di Brolio. It features an imposing cylindrical tower built as protection against artillery fire and an 18th-century theater.
The property sits in the heart of Chianti just outside Gaiole in Chianti. The fairytale setting draws you in with the picturesque Chianti hills, cypress-lined lanes, fragrant rose gardens and magnificent views. It's a lovely place to visit even if you have no interest in tasting their wines!
The tasting room is located adjacent to the castle. After sampling delicious wines, visitors can tour the castle to find ceilings with beautifully painted frescoes and antique furnishings. There are also guiestrooms available for those who want to stay overnight (five are in the castle itself, and four are in the chapel house). Tours and accommodations must be reserved in advance.
Castello di Meleto is a little more than an hour drive south of Florence.
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