Although fine wine had been produced in Chianti Classico since the Middle Ages, the Ricasoli winery and estate literally “created” the appellation in the late 19th century when winemaker and grape grower Bettino Ricasoli, the “Iron Baron,” wrote what is now called the Chianti Classico “recipe.” Although the formula did not include the use of white grapes (as many erroneously claim), it championed the use of Tuscany’s native grape varieties, Sangiovese chief among them. Today, many Italian wine experts point to the Baron’s contribution to Tuscan viticulture as a key element in promoting Italy’s indigenous varieties — and not just in his Tuscan homeland. With the picturesque Castello di Brolio as its centerpiece (one of Tuscany’s most iconic tourist destinations), the estate stretches over 1,200 hectares with just 240 of them planted to vine. Thanks to the winery’s approach to integrated farming, including vast swaths of land where woods still stand, the estate’s natural biodiversity gives the wines a distinctive Tuscan character. Led today by Francesco Ricasoli, the winery has once again made history by conducting a survey of Chianti Classico cru designations and producing some of its top single-vineyard designate wines.
Did you know?
It’s no exaggeration to say that “Iron Baron” Bettino Ricasoli was the father of Chianti Classico. Not only did he write a “recipe” for Chianti Classico (which did not include white grapes as many erroneously believe), but he was also Italy’s second prime minister.
Wines from Ricasoli
92James Suckling 2017
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