Best Wineries to Visit in Tuscany, Italy

Stunning scenery, phenomenal architecture, and sublime cuisine are hallmarks of the Tuscan experience. The mere mention of Tuscany along the Tyrrhenian coast brings to mind rolling hills draped in verdant vineyards. 

One of Europe’s most prolific and famous wine-producing destinations, Tuscany is home to many celebrated wine regions. Believe us when we say: there’s nothing quite like wine tasting in Tuscany. 

With so many wineries and options to sort through, planning your Tuscan wine tour can be overwhelming. We have been helping our clients choose which wineries to visit in Tuscany and we decided to put together this comprehensive guide. 

We will cover everything you want to know about wine tasting in Tuscany, including the top Tuscan wineries, wine tours, and more:

Top 5 Wineries in Siena, Tuscany

Antinori nel Chianti Classico winery

Overview: gorgeous winery nestled in the Chianti countryside between Florence and Siena. The sweeping views and dramatic architecture of the state-of-the-art Antinori nel Chianti Classico building are as impressive as its extraordinary wines.  

Insider tip: If you want to visit the cellar or dine at the rooftop restaurant, be sure to book in advance.

Ambiance: Modern, state-of-the-art facilities with historic touches.

What we l ove: Relaxing al fresco dining, wine tastings, and tours at a variety of price levels.

Location: Bargino, Address: Via Cassia per Siena, 133, Phone: +39 055 235 9700

Brancaia Winery & Osteria winery

Overview: Located in the glorious hills of Chianti, this iconic winery offers unbeatable panoramic views, excellent organic wines from both the Chianti Classico zone and the Maremma region. You will find authentic cuisine and friendly hospitality. It’s a bit of a trek to get there, but it’s well worth the trip. 

Insider tip: Consider taking the lunch option with the tour—the cuisine is exceptional.

Ambiance: Warm and welcoming—lovely Italian hospitality! 

What we love: Enjoying a glass of wine on the terrace, the Osteria Brancaia’s seasonal, straight-from-the-garden menu.

Location: Chianti, Address: Localita Poppi, Radda, Phone: +39 05 7774 2007

Winery San Giorgio a Lapi winery

Overview: Remarkable wines, breathtaking scenery, great music, and knowledgeable and friendly service all make a visit to San Giorgio a Lapi a must. After generations of producing wine in Trentino, the Simoni family arrived in Tuscany in 1977 and established their new family business on the border between the Chianti Classico and the Chianti Colli Senesi. 

Insider tip: For a truly magical experience, go in the early evening for “golden hour” and enjoy the sunset. 

Ambiance: Laidback, casual, and relaxed—the perfect setting for soaking in everything Tuscany has to offer.

What we love: Our kind and completely charming host, Alberto.

Location: Siena, Address: Strada di Colle Pinzuto, 30, Phone: +39 347 942 0836

Azienda Agricola La Lastra winery

Overview: If you’re interested in learning about regional wines, grapes, and growing methods, you’ll find it here thanks to the passion and friendliness of farmer/owner Christian. Just 2 km from Siena, a visit to this organic winery situated in the majestic Tuscan hills is like an adventure to another world. The wine is amazing, too! 

Insider tip: Don’t miss the out-of-this-world pairing lunch—they’ll even accommodate vegan requests.

Ambiance: Warm, friendly, and interactive.

What we love: The choice of three different experiences: wine lesson with light lunch, winery tour and tasting, or wine tasting.

Location: Siena, Address: Str. della Befana, 2a, Phone: +39 0577 274868

Salcheto winery

Overview: What it lacks in age, it more than makes up for in vision. While Salcheto is a relative newcomer on the scene – with its inaugural vintage debuting in 1990, – it has quickly garnered a reputation as one of the region’s best. Delicious wines, beautiful views of the colorful town of Montepulciano, and innovative high-tech methods make this 13th-century farmhouse a fascinating addition to any wine country itinerary. 

Insider tip: If you’d like to add some exercise to your wine tasting tour, get there via rented e-bike.

Ambiance: Creative and cozy.

What we love: With a commitment to sustainability, Salcheto was Europe’s first self-sufficient winery.

Location: Montepulciano, Address: Via di Villa Bianca, 15, Phone: +39 0578 799031

Top 5 Wineries in Montepulciano, Tuscany

Contucci winery

Overview: The prominent Contucci family has been cultivating grapes dating back to the Renaissance. The 13th century cellars are small but fascinating, especially when you consider the generations of winemakers who’ve walked its historic hallways. Complimentary tastings and self-guided tours make this a perfect place to soak in the local charm of the lovely town of Montepulciano.

Insider tip: Can’t decide which of Contucci’s fabulous wines to bring home with you? Purchase a mixed case. 

Ambiance: Authentic, captivating, and inviting.

What we love: Charming Adamo, a Contucci family member, and winemaker since 1961.

Location: Montepulciano, Address: Via del Teatro, 1, Phone: +39 0578 757006

Azienda Agricola Ercolani winery

Overview: Outstanding tour guides, world-class wines, and an above-and-beyond tasting —featuring delectable local cheeses, salami, and olive oil— make Ercolani a fascinating stop for wine lovers and history buffs alike. And did we mention, this is one of Tuscany’s best wineries?

Insider tip: Ask for Julia or Anna—both are knowledgeable, warm, and very entertaining. 

Ambiance: Awe-inspiring.

What we love: Exploring the cavernous maze of tunnels that make up Ercolani’s underground cellars.

Location: Montepulciano, Address: Via di Gracciano nel Corso, 82, Phone: +39 0578 716764

Gattavecchi Winery

Overview: It’s hardly surprising that this is one of the region’s oldest and most revered wineries.  Four generations of the Gattavecchi family have dedicated themselves to the craft. In addition to offering guided tours and tastings of its extraordinary wines accompanied by local meats, cheeses and breads, the winery also features an on-site family restaurant. The menu is prepared by Lilian Gattavecchi and paired with family wines. 

Insider tip: Allow yourself time to linger; this is an experience you’ll want to savor.

Ambiance: Historic and romantic—”a little slice of heaven”

What we love: Dining at sunset on the outdoor terrace with magnificent views of the valley below.

Location: Montepulciano, Address: Via di Collazzi, 74, Phone: +39 0578 757110

Azienda Agricola Poliziano winery

Overview: If you’re looking for an authentic taste of Tuscany, you’ll find it here. Impressive facilities (including a stunning tasting room), organic processes, and warm hospitality make Azienda Agricola a top-notch wine tasting experience. This is one of our top picks for wine tasting in Tuscany. 

Insider tip: While you’re there, ask your host for recommendations for area restaurants and wine shops—they’re knowledgeable, happy to share, and spot-on!

Ambiance: Large, modern, and open.

What we love: The personal feel thanks to engaging and enthusiastic hosts like Carol, Jenny, and Fabio.

Location: Montepulciano, Address: Via Fontago, 1, Phone: +39 0578 738171

De' Ricci Cantine Storiche winery

Overview: As you descend into the ancient cellars, prepare to be transported back in time. They date back to 500 BC. Etruscan cave, aisles and naves feel like a cavernous underground cathedral thanks to soaring vaulted ceilings.

Terrific wines, delightful winemakers, and amazing architecture add up to make Cantine Storiche winery one of the top tasting venues in Tuscany. And while the De’ Ricci name may not be well-known in the U.S. as some other Tuscan wine producers; that’s because their focus is on producing exceptional wine, not marketing. 

Insider tip: Be sure to bring a sweater or jacket — the underground cellars can be very chilly. 

Ambiance: Awe-inspiring and reverential.

What we love: The legend of the Ricci family’s connection to the hedgehog! (You’ll learn about it on your tour.).

Location: Montepulciano, Address: Via Ricci, 11, Phone: +39 0578 757166

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Montefioralle Winery

Overview: Montefioralle offers an authentic and personal experience. Plus, you get to sample a phenomenal selection of Chianti and Vin Santo while taking in the beauty of the town below from its hilltop perch. Just leave plenty of time for exploring the operation and for a relaxing stroll from the winery into charming Montefioralle. 

Insider tip: Due to the winery’s small size, Lorenzo and his family often have to turn people away. To avoid being disappointed, be sure to make reservations in advance. 

Ambiance: Intimate, authentic, and peaceful.

What we love: Truly magical views and generous pours!

Location: Greve in Chianti, Address: Via Montefioralle, Phone: +39 392 842 5595

Castello di Verrazzano winery

Overview: Prepare to feel like you’ve stepped into a postcard when you venture onto this imposing hillside property. A visit to Castello di Verrazzano is truly a feast for the senses — right down to the crispy lemony scent wafting from the kitchen. Impressive wines, gorgeous grounds, astonishing views of the vineyards and the neighboring Castello, and friendly staff are a few things waiting for you at this historic estate. 

Insider tip: While the wines are fantastic, they’ve got nothing on the balsamic vinegar they produce. Spooned over some flavorful Pecorino, it’s a simple but unforgettable epicurean experience.

Ambiance: Ruggedly romantic and refined.

What we love: The local love for this winery speaks to its authenticity.

Location: Greve in Chianti, Address: Via Castello di Verrazzano, Phone: +39 055 854243

Castello di Brolio winery

Overview: This bold castle perched atop an isolated hill in the southern Chianti countryside has belonged to the Ricasoli family since 1141. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Chianti region — all the way to Siena, if you’re there on a clear day. The family’s rich relationship with the land and wine production shines through on the tours and tastings. The gardens and small museums are also fascinating. Although there’s a small fee to visit the latter, history buffs will find it to be more than worth it. 

Insider tip: You can choose from a couple of tours. The classic tour is available every morning, and the vineyard tour is offered only on Thursday afternoons. Both require advance booking. 

Ambiance: Medieval and magnificent.

What we love: The local story about the ghost of “the Iron Baron,” who still walks the grounds on nights with a full moon.

Location: Gaiole In Chianti SI, Address: Località Madonna a Brolio, Phone: +39 0577 730280

Azienda Agricola Altiero winery

Overview: Small in scale but large in charm, this family-run winery in the heart of Chianti Classico is a real treasure. You’ll enjoy a personal experience as owners Paolo and Samuela share the grounds (and stories!) with you. The wine, the view, the food, and the people make this wonderful winery a spectacular spot to visit on your trip to Tuscany. 

Insider tip: Make sure to sample Samuela’s handmade jams during the generous tasting — especially the balsamic vinegar and onion.

Ambiance: Warm, welcoming, and unpretentious.

What we love: The unknown and crowd-free feel.

Location: Greve in Chianti, Address: b Via San Cresci 58 a, Phone: +39 392 576 0185

Lamole Di Lamole winery

Overview: The charm of this historic estate cannot be captured by words or photos. You’ll hear fascinating stories about Chianti, Siena, and Florence while sipping excellent wine and taking in sweeping views of the entire Chianti Classico zone. 

You will leave amazed by the experience — and already planning your next visit. And while the drive to get there is somewhat nerve-wracking, that just adds to the adventure. 

Insider tip: Choose from several fascinating itineraries. For a truly upscale experience, book the private tour.

Ambiance: “An oasis”.

What we love: The various options for gluten-free guests.

Location: Greve in Chianti, Address: Via di Lamole, Phone: +39 342 091 2853

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Tenuta San Guido winery

Overview:  Located on the Tyrrhenian coast near the village of Bolgheri. Tenuta San Guido played a major role in developing Tuscany’s modern wine story thanks to its pioneering work in crafting the first Super Tuscan, the world-famous Sassicaia. Enjoy world-class wines, excellent food, and much more at this historic 7,500-acre estate boasting hundreds of vineyards.  

Insider tip: Have lunch, if possible: the brilliant food matches the brilliant wine.

Ambiance: Warm and wonderful.

What we love: The rare experience of Sassicaia by the glass.

Location: Livorno, Address: Località Capanne, 27, Phone: +39 0565 762003

Barone Ricasoli winery

Overview: Italy’s oldest winery (and the world’s second-oldest), Barone Ricasoli is set on 3,000 breathtaking acres, 590 of which are planted to vines. It’s also Chianti Classico’s largest estate — and a strong case can be made that bigger IS better when you sample its highly distinctive wines.

Insider tip: Reserve your tour way in advance as they do book up fast.

Ambiance: Formidable — Wine lovers consider Barone Ricasoli to be sacred ground.

What we love: The sunset tour followed by an exquisite 4-course chef’s dinner at the restaurant just down the hill.

Location: Gaiole In Chianti, Address: Località Madonna a Brolio, Phone: +39 0577 730280

Castello di Nipozzano/Frescobaldi winery

Overview: We can’t think of a better way to experience inimitable Tuscany than while sipping wine at a 1,000-year-old estate where the likes of Donatello and Michelozzo Michelozzi used to buy their wine. Today, it remains a working farm—home to monumental cellars, panoramic views of immaculately maintained vineyards, and the Frescobaldi family personal cellars. 

Insider tip: While there’s no restaurant, you can request a meal made with ingredients grown on the grounds. Just be sure to book everything before your visit. 

Ambiance: Historical, majestic and reverential.

What we love: The Chianina and Angus cows roaming free in the fields.

Location: Florence, Address: Via di Nipozzano, Phone: +39 055 8311050

Capezzana winery

Overview: The embodiment of old Tuscany, this farming village-turned-winery belongs to the Contini Bonacossi family — now in its fourth and fifth generation of managing the estate. Enjoy excellent wine and food, attentive service, history, culture, and beauty.

Insider tip: Arrange for a cooking class in the meticulously appointed kitchen.

Ambiance: Charm and character.

What we love: The tranquil restaurant terrace overlooking the town of Carmignano.

Location: Carmignano, Address: Via Capezzana, 100, Phone: +39 055 870 6005

Castello di Ama winery

Overview: Passionate about wine AND contemporary art? Put Castello di Ama at the top of your list. Castello di Ama is just north of Siena in a medieval hilltop town. This winery is an intriguing mix of the past and present, thanks to the combination of rich history and contemporary art installation. All this, plus award-winning wines, personable service, and remarkable scenery, make Castello di Ama a truly divine destination. 

Insider tip: For an extra-personalized experience, opt for an individual tasting.

Ambiance: Intriguing and eclectic.

What we love: Some of the best balsamic we’ve ever sampled!

Location: Gaiole in Chianti, Address: Località Ama in Chianti, Phone: +39 0577 746069

Le Macchiole, Bolgheri winery

Overview: Specializing in 100 percent single red varietals (as opposed to red blends), Le Macchiole is one of Bolgheri’s best wineries. Your private tour of the winery and cellar will leave you informed and intrigued by the winery’s rich history — and the paramount care that goes into producing its exquisite wines.   

Insider tip: Schedule your tour late in the day for a shot at having the place to yourself.

Ambiance: Intimate and modern (all tours are private!).

What we love: The care and passion of winemaker Eugenio Campolmi, who broke with his family’s restaurant-running traditions to pursue his love of wine and winemaking.

Location: Bolgheri, Address: S.P Bolgherese, 189/A, Phone: +39 0565 766092

Prima Pietra, Riparbella winery

Overview: Want to taste an opulent Super Tuscan with shimmering ocean views of Corsica? One of the highest vineyards along the Tuscan coast, this boutique winery offers wine tours and tastings, light lunches, and cooking classes — all against a backdrop of truly majestic scenery. 

Insider tip: Need recommendations for the rest of your trip? Hosts Alice and Ugo will offer amazing advice on things to see and do.

Ambiance: Tranquility by the sea.

What we love: The undiscovered feel of this quiet corner of Tuscany.

Location: Riparbella, Address: Località I Prati, Phone: +39 0586 194 8001

Fattoria dei Barbi winery

Overview: Spanning more than 350 hectares of fields and vineyards in southern Tuscany, the Fattoria dei Barbi is one of Italy’s most famous and historic wine producers. Enjoy a tour of the vast cellars, carefully curated pairings of wines with products grown on the estate, and a robust calendar of events. 

Insider tip: Ask for Simona!

Ambiance: Rural relaxation — the good kind of “slow”.

What we love: Unlike many other Tuscany vineyard tours, Fattoria dei Barbi welcomes walk-ins.

Location: Montalcino , Address: Loc. Podernovi, 170, Phone: +39 0577 841111

Castiglion del Bosco, Montalcino winery


Overview:  Castiglion del Bosco is captivatingly beautiful, a premier Tuscan winery. International wine magazine Decanter honored Castiglion del Bosco as one of Tuscany’s top 10 wineries. Set on 4,000+ acres, this 800-year-old estate is home to the fabled Brunello di Montalcino winery. 

Lose yourself in the visually stunning Capanna vineyard while enjoying barrel tastings, vertical tastings of rare vintages, and Tuscan cheese pairings. 

Insider tip: Schedule your visit during harvest season to participate in the grape-picking.

Ambiance: Luxurious and “unequivocally Italian”.

What we love: The careful and personalized attention.

Location: Castiglion del Bosco, Address:   Località, Phone: +39 0577 191 3750

Salcheto, Montepulciano winery

Overview:  A small and (comparatively) newer winery. Salcheto is known for its scenic location with superb views of Montepulciano and its surroundings, informative tours, and commitment to green and environmentally-friendly production methods. If you’re looking for a unique experience in Tuscan wine country, this off-the-grid winery is worth the trip. 

Insider tip: The Rose is a delicious and drinkable choice under the Tuscan sun.

Ambiance: High-tech and modern, yet refreshingly accessible and down-to-earth.

What we love: Learning about Salcheto’s innovative and eco-friendly approach to winemaking.

Location: Montepulciano, Address: Via Villa Bianca, 15, Phone: +39 0578 798046

Top Private Vineyard and Winery Tour Companies in Tuscany

These premier tours will introduce you to the best wineries in Tuscany with every detail attended to — from luxury transportation to professional wine tasting presentations with winemakers, owners, and other top staff. 

Looking for a less traditional experience? These Tuscan wine tours have you covered with everything from e-bike tours to a signature private “wine lab.” 

Grape Tours in Tuscany

Each premium and private Tuscany vineyard tour through Grape Tours is customized to your interests and expectations. Offering both full- and half-day tours (full are highly recommended). 

You’ll enjoy abundant tastings at Tuscany’s best wineries, meals in some of the region’s finest restaurants, and commentary from friendly and experienced guides. Select from location-based and themed options including Chianti Classico, Carmignano, San Gimignano, Montalcino, Montepulciano, Bolgheri, “Super Tuscans & Steak,” “Romantic Castles,” and others. 

Tuscany Tours by Golden Travel

Tuscany Tours by Golden Travel can help you bring your dream wine country vacation to life. Steer clear of crowded tourist traps and instead enjoy authentic and off-the-beaten-path experiences in world-famous Tuscany. 

Meet winegrowers, explore the quaint countryside, and taste to your heart’s delight with a one-day or multi-day excursion personalized just for you. Choose from Chianti Wine Tours, Brunello di Montalcino Wine Tours, Super Tuscan Wine Tours, and other Tuscany Tours. 

Scenic Wine Tours in Tuscany

“Getting there is as good as being there,” is driver and host Sergio’s motto. If your goal is to rack up the most destinations, this is not the tour for you. However, if you’re looking to thoroughly savor everything Tuscany has to offer, Scenic Wine Tours in Tuscany is for you. These Tuscany vineyard tours feature private travel, private wine tasting tables, and the exclusive attention of your guide — all adding up to truly immersive and unforgettable experiences. 

Florencetown Wine Tour

Deep knowledge of its destinations, a consummate combination of creativity and expertise, and 100 percent reliability are hallmarks of leading Italian tour company Florencetown. Carefully curated private tours, including cycling in Chianti, horseback riding near Florence, Supertuscan wine tours, a “wineland safari,” and more offer intriguing alternatives to traditional excursions. 

Tuscany in Tour

Ideal for wine lovers, this seven-day luxury wine tour starts in Florence and continues through the region’s finest appellations. Enjoy sumptuous accommodations, VIP wine tastings, gourmet dining, art tours, and much more on this journey through Tuscan wine, art, cuisine, and architecture. English-speaking drivers and wine guides, local certified art guides, full breakfasts, and welcome aperitif cocktails are just a few of the details that make this excursion so extraordinary. 

Tuscany Wineries with Incredible Views

Oh, those picturesque Tuscan panoramas as far as the eye can see.

While exquisite landscapes abound in Tuscany, several Tuscan wineries and vineyards are especially renowned for their breathtaking views. Read on for a roundup of a few of our favorite places to savor world-class Tuscan wines while taking in equally extraordinary views. 

Montefioralle Winery

Offering tastings of its Chianti Classico, Chianti Classico Riserva, IGT, and Vin Santo wines. Montefioralle offers tastings by appointment only. 

Located on the Sieni family farm at the foot of Montefioralle village in the Chianti countryside, it has one of the world’s most breathtaking views. And then there are the wines, including a wonderful selection of Chianti and Vin Santo. What it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in charm and ambiance. 

More information about Montefioralle Winery

Lamole Di Lamole winery

If you’re looking for a beautiful blend of alluring atmosphere and splendid scenery, you’ll find it at Lamole Di Lamole. Enjoy picturesque views overlooking the entire Chianti Classico countryside from the rustic terrace. 

Heralded as a lesser-known gem from its perch atop the village of Lamole, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a watercolor painted by an Italian master. Lamole Di Lamole is also home to one of Tuscany’s best restaurants. 

While the road can be tricky to navigate at night, dinner under the stars with neighboring lights twinkling around you makes for a truly unique and unforgettable experience.

More information about Lamole Di Lamole winery 

Artistic heritage and approach are in the center of the family-owned Tenuta Riseccoli estate. The ideal Tuscan setting is equally worthy of its impressive reputation. 

Savor fine wines and extra-virgin olive oil against an idyllic backdrop of rolling hills, verdant vines, and abundant olive trees. Great wine, nature, and the authentic Tuscan atmosphere are the hallmark of this charming winery. You’ll also find plenty of Instagram-worthy photos opportunities as you explore the gorgeous stone buildings and gracious grounds. 

Location: Greve in Chianti, Address: Via le Convertoie, 9, Phone: +39 055 853598

Castello di Ama winery

Situated between Siena and Florence in the historic heart of Chianti Classico, this leading Italian winery is worth a visit for its rustic beauty alone. 

A magnificent landscape of vineyards, olive groves, and woods makes Castello di Ama a uniquely fascinating destination for discovering all that Tuscany has to offer. 

We challenge you to find more magnificent views than from the terrace of this elegant estate. The winery is also home to approximately a dozen specially commissioned contemporary art installations from renowned international artists. 

More information about Castello di Ama winery

Avignonesi Winery

Situated just beyond the sleepy village of Valiano di Montepulciano on the crest between Tuscany and Cortona.  A visit to Avignonesi is a feast for all of the senses thanks to its exquisite wine, exceptional ambiance, outstanding farm-to-table cuisine, and the sublime setting amidst Tuscany’s iconic rolling hills, pines, and cypress trees. 

A five-star meal with a five-star view awaits at this unique, organic wine estate. (The wine and lunch pairing is to-die-for.)

Location: Montepulciano, Address: Via Colonica 1, Phone: +39 0578 724304

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Tips for Dining Out in Tuscany and FAQ

Do you tip on a winery tour in Italy? 

Tipping is not mandatory in Italy; nor is it expected on Tuscany vineyard tours. However, some locals do round up the bill to the nearest euro.  

What is the most popular red wine in Tuscany, Italy?

Sangiovese is Tuscany’s most widely planted grape. It’s also the main variety in the region’s most celebrated red wines: Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Brunello di Montalcino, and the increasingly popular “Super-Tuscan” wine category that incorporate Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and other grapes into the mix. 

What is the most popular white wine in Tuscany, Italy?

While Tuscany is best known for its red wines, Vernaccia di San Gimignano is one of the country’s oldest and best whites. It’s also the only Tuscan wine to have received sought-after DOCG status, guaranteeing both its origin and quality. The region is also known for wines made from Trebbiano and Vermentino, as well as for the dessert wine Vin Santo. 

Are reservations necessary at Tuscany wineries?

While there are some exceptions, Tuscan wineries are not generally open to the public. Tasting rooms will occasionally welcome walk-ins, but your safest bet is to make appointments well in advance if you want to visit a winery in Tuscany. This is especially true if you want to experience a vineyard tour and a wine tasting in a winery’s cellar. 

What is the oldest winery in Italy?

Castello di Brolio winery in the Chianti area is Italy’s oldest winery. A massive producer of Chianti Classico, this estate has belonged to the Florentine aristocratic family Ricasoli since 1141. While the castle has undergone a significant restoration within the last century, the structure’s oldest stones date back to the Middle Ages. Today, it lays claim to 230 hectares of vineyards and 26 hectares of olive groves. In addition to a wine shop, Castello di Brolio also has a cozy restaurant, museum, and garden with swapping Chianti views.  

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