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Castello di Meleto

  • Toscana
  • Gaiole in Chianti (Siena)

The Castle of Meleto lies immersed in the beautiful Tuscan countryside, in Gaiole in Chianti, 60 km south of Florence. Dating back to the eleventh century, the castle belonged to the Benedictine monks of “Badia a Coltibuono”. The name «Meleto in Chianti» is first mentioned in 1256 in the “Libro degli Estimi” of the Florentine Guelphs as the property of the «de Ricasolis» family. The Ricasoli family, over the centuries, have carried out the conservation and transformations of the castle: from a military station between Florence and Siena - whose traces are still visible in the massive fortifications of the fifteenth century, with the impressive cylindrical tower – to a noble countryside villa, with finely decorated rooms and the construction of a private theatre in the eighteenth century style.The estate of the Meleto Castle extends around the castle and the medieval village for about a thousand hectares: one hundred and fifty of them are dedicated to the cultivation of the vine. The characteristics of the climate, the terrain and the different altitudes make the territory of Chianti a region always devoted to the production of quality wines.