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The name Ricasoli has been linked to wine since 1141, when Brolio Castle passed into the hands of the Ricasoli family. Since then, the castle has been rebuilt and modified several times bearing the marks of different eras: from the fortified medieval bastions to the Romanesque and neo-Gothic additions and the unique nineteenth century Tuscan details. According to Family Business, the leading American magazine that lists the world classification of family businesses, Barone Ricasoli is the fourth longest-lived company in the world in the same place and the second in the wine sector. Barone Ricasoli is the oldest winery in Italy.

The family tree, reproduced in a print from 1584, is also one of the first images we have of Chianti. After centuries defending the lands and the noble feuds, the Ricasolis dedicated themselves to the development of agriculture and vineyards. Already in the 1600s documents report the first exports to Amsterdam and England, whereas at the start of the 1900s Brolio wines were known and exported all over the world: China, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Guatemala, Costa Rica and then the British-African colonies.

Baron Bettino Ricasoli (1809 – 1880), illustrious politician, researcher and far-sighted wine entrepreneur, was the promoter of the most famous wine in the world today: Chianti. Today it is the largest winery in the Chianti Classico area: Brolio Castle, where Baron Bettino Ricasoli invented the Chianti formula in 1872, is surrounded by 1,200 hectares in the counties of Gaiole and Castelnuovo Berardenga; valleys, hills, woods of oak and chestnut trees, 230 hectares of vineyards plus 26 hectares of olive groves all enjoying the beauty and the wide variety of soils and climate in this central Chianti area. The avant-garde cellars are where they undertake the same pursuit of excellence today that drove Bettino Ricasoli to invent the Chianti formula in 1872.

Since 1993, Francesco Ricasoli, 32nd Baron of Brolio, has been putting together testimonies from previous generations and has been at the helm of the family winery pursuing the goal of renewing the quality and personality of great Brolio wines, which interpret the unique characteristics of the land and its history. New labels are coming into existence and the already known wines, which have won awards all over the world, are being perfected: Barone Ricasoli’s research continues and gives a whole new meaning to the culture of winemaking and the art of drinking.

If you visit Tuscany, a trip to the Castello di Brolio is a MUST!
Rare isn't good enough to describe this outstanding collection of incredible wines. All 3 wines are rated 97 or 98 (JS) which makes this ideal for an impressive gift for any wine lover. 100% Sangiovese, there are only 1141 gits sets made, all numbered.
$299.00 per Bottle
Rich hints of tobacco and spices, elegant on the nose. Pleasant fresh feel, soft texture on the mouth. Notes of cherries, spices, liquorice. Balanced tannins and long mineral finish.
$60.00 per Bottle
$720.00 per Case
This single varietal Merlot stands out for its mineral and spicy notes that precede the black and red berries. Young, rich, and powerful. A wine able to defy time.
$70.00 per Bottle
$840.00 per Case
Deep ruby red colour. Fruity and spicy aromas with a delicate touch of cedar wood. Ripe fruit in the palate, blackberry, black currant, herbal hints and tobacco. Excellent concentration and very well balanced bouquet. Long and persistent finish. Robert Parker - 91 pts
$70.00 per Bottle
$840.00 per Case
Rich and supple in texture, boasting black cherry, black currant, and tobacco. Flavorful and vibrant, with a refined presence. Ends with a lingering aftertaste of fruit, spice and mineral.

Wine Spectator 94 pts!

$110.00 per Bottle
$1,320.00 per Case
$29.99 per Bottle
$359.88 per Case
Deep ruby red and lively. Already strong on the nose. Notes of cherry, liquorice, violet, and ripe blackberry. Very good structure, well-balanced and complex. Strong notes of ripe red fruit and spice come back on the finish.
$21.99 per Bottle
$263.88 per Case
Ruby red color; intense hints of cherry jam as well as balsamic and spicy notes. Taste in the mouth is elegant, long and sapid, with velvety tannins. Pleasant finish with a lovely acidity, which reflects the characteristics of the territory.

This wine is a contemporary interpretation of the extraordinary research carried out by Bettino Ricasoli. Produced primarily with Sangiovese grapes, then unfiltered, it is an elegant wine with a distinctive personality.

Robert Parker: 92 Points
James Suckling: 92 Points
$27.99 per Bottle
$335.88 per Case
The rare elegance of this wine is the result of an unusual fusion of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. After nine months’ barrel aging, the Chardonnay is blended with the Sauvignon Blanc fresh from aging in stainless steel. The result is a complex wine with a distinct personality and keen mineral notes that can be savored even after many years in the bottle.

James Suckling: 90 Points
$24.99 per Bottle
$299.88 per Case
Rich nose with sweet and complex notes of small dark and red fruits, lavender and liquorice, tobacco and chocolate. Enveloping taste of pepper, cinnamon and vanilla. Wonderful to drink with a very long finish.

$27.99 per Bottle
$335.88 per Case
Vanilla and toast frame fruit aromas of black cherry, that gives path to tobacco and cigar; intense and rich floral notes. Elegant nose and taste with soft integrated tannins and mineral notes.
$70.00 per Bottle
$840.00 per Case
The Castello di Brolio Vin Santo, true to tradition, expresses one of the “historic” grapes of the area, Malvasia del Chianti. Its production method also stays true to tradition. The grapes destined for Vin Santo are gathered late in the harvest, at the point at which the sugar content is high enough to sustain the long ageing process that this wine undergoes. The bunches are hung and left to dry partially for several months. The must obtained from light crushing ferments slowly and is then placed in oak.

$36.00 per Bottle
$432.00 per Case