Castello di Meleto-Chianti Classico
Castello di Meleto dates back to 1269 when it was owned by the Florentine Ricasoli family. Today the castle, still as magnificent as it was 800 years ago, is used for weddings and private events. A more in depth history can be read on their website.
Castello di Meleto today is an award winning winery with 180 hectares of grape vineyards. They produce 6 different red wines including a DOCG Chianti Classico as well as Chianti Reserva, Vin Santo, sparkling rosé, Grappa, and Brandy from Sangiovese grapes.
To Tour: Castle tours are everyday (15 euros per person). You visit the old noble quarters as well as the antique wine cellars. The tour is followed by a wine tasting of their wines plus each person is given a free bottle of Chianti Classico. Castle and cellar tours operate Monday thru Sunday with the following timetable: Monday: 3:00 pm and 4:30 pm, Tuesday to Saturday: 11:30 am, 3:00 pm, 4:30 pm, Sunday: 11:30 am, 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm. *They often host private events on Friday and Saturday afternoons and they close the castle and wine shop for tours and tastings, call or write ahead if planning to tour on these days.
Castello di Meleto also offers various different wine tastings paired with local cheese and food. These special tastings require a reservation. Email for the price list: firstname.lastname@example.org (they respond very quickly!)
Allison Says: “One of the most romantic castles in Tuscany. The panoramic views from Castello di Meleto are among my favorite in Tuscany. The wine tasting is wonderful, especially when paired with local cheeses and food.”
Location: Castello di Meleto
Località Ponte di Meleto
53013 Gaiole In Chianti, Province of Siena, Italy
+39 0577 749129
GPS: 43.4499, 11.42302
Distance: From Florence: 1 hour, From Siena: 40 minutes
Opening hours: 10:30 am to 6:30 pm
Reservation: required for wine tastings (not for castle tours).
Other activities: weddings, holiday apartment rentals, bed and breakfast, private events