DI BROLIO, one of the oldest wine producers in the world, is situated in the
heart of the Chianti Classico region of Italy.The Chianti Classico wine region
extends in the country around Siena and includes castles, wine estates and vineyards.
Chianti Wine, like other Tuscan wines, has been produced since Etruscan times.
Chianti wine experienced a major decline at the end of the 18th century, as did
Italy itself but enjoyed a resurgence
due largely to the efforts of Bettino Ricasoli.
As a deeply religious, serious newlywed living in Florence, Ricasoli was overcome
by jealousy at a winter ball when his bride danced a little too closely with another
young man. He promptly moved his bride Anna and himself to the isolated Castello
di Brolio in what is now south Siena, where no Ricasoli had lived for many years.
He rebuilt the manor as a permanent home, replanted the vineyards and experimented
with different varieties and combinations of grapes. The Brolio vintage 1841 became
the standard for today's best Chianti and the "Brolio Ricasoli" label is one of
the most prestigious. In the mid 1800s, Baron Bettino Ricasoli formulated the
modern method of making Chianti wine by
refining the use of grape varieties in the blend and specifying effective vinification
techniques. Francesco Ricasoli, the 32nd Barone Brolio, took charge of the winery
in 1993. He produces wines of expressive style and harmonious balance, including
the 1995 Casalferro, a new super-Tuscan which recently received the highest award
from Gambero Rosso magazine.