The first mention of Castello di Gabbiano dates back to the 12th century when the castle belonged to the Bardi family. It was later passed on to the Soderini family who made a name for themselves in the political events of Florence. Today, Castello di Gabbiano continues to be a one of Tuscany's leading wine estates, offering accommodations to travelers, a lovely restaurant with arched stone walls and wood beamed ceilings (Il Cavaliere) and a wine-tasting/sales venue.
Visits to the castle and the ancient cellars, followed by a tasting of the estate's wines are available to the public every day except during winter months when an appointment is necessary. Private visits can be arranged as well to, including a technical tour with information about the property, vineyards, techniques of cultivation and wine making of Gabbiano. The wine shop is located in an old restored hayloft next to the castle.
Castello di Gabbiano is about 23 miles south of Florence. The castle is surounded by beautiful gardens and panoramic greenery. It's definitely worth a stop on a Tuscan wine-tasting tour!
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