Castello di Verrazzano DOCG Chianti Classico 2016
95% Sangiovese, 5% complementary red grapes from the Estate.
Ruby red colour with purplish reflexes, intense scent, rich in flavours of red mature fruits such as cherry and blackberry blended with floral notes. The taste is harmonic and with a great balance, good structure, sapid, with oak striations, a fine and sweet tannic component and pleasant hints of red fruits.
Fermentation at a controlled temperature with a maximum of 28°C and maceration for 15 days with frequent pumping over and fulling. Fining in French oak barrels of medium capacity (33 hl) for minimum 18 months, followed by a 4 months refining in bottles
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The Castle of Verrazzano is located in Greve in Chianti, in the heart of the Chianti Classico area, between Florence and Siena. Initially the Castle was first an Etruscan, then a Roman settlement and it has remained within its boundaries for over 1000 years: it has represented a firm and safe post in an area interested for many centuries by political and dynastic conflicts.
There is a great tradition of winemaking here: the “vineyards situated in Verrazzano” are mentioned in a manuscript which dates back to 1150 and is preserved at the abbey of Passignano (wrongly reported as “1170”).
The Castle became the property of the Verrazzano family in the 7th century. Giovanni da Verrazzano, the navigator and discoverer of the bay of New York and of the majority of the East coast of nowadays U.S. was born here in 1485. The famous bridge in New York between Brooklyn and Staten Island was named after him in 1964.
The important Florentine family of Ridolfi succeeded to the Verrazzanos after the death of the last descendant, in 1819. In the early 1900’s Luigi Ridolfi promoted the building of the Football Stadium in Florence and in 1926 he founded the Fiorentina, the football team of the city of Florence.
In 1958 the Cappellini family took over the Castle and brought it back it to its former glory by restoring the villa and rebuilding the the vineyards, according to an ancient model, respecting the historical and architectural features of the region.
This castle, and it’s views are a MUST-SEE in the region. A fantastic restaurant (Hosteria) and magnificent views are plentiful. You can reserve a tailor made tour on their website.