Castle of Meleto
The imposing “Castello di Meleto” as well, in its oldest parts, dates back to the year 1000. It belonged to Benedictine monks and then to the Ricasoli family, who took possession of the castle in 1200 (we did tell you they were a powerful family, didn’t we?).
Since 1968, the Viticola Toscana Spa, a farm specialized in production of Chianti Classico DOCG, bought the property. The Castle of Meleto organizes guided tours of the castle’s main floor and its small theatre and cellars. It also hosts events and weddings. More info on the official website of the Castle of Meleto.
The Castello di Monteluco overlooks the village of Lecchi, a few kilometres south of Gaiole in Chianti. In contrast to the complexes we mentioned above, the castle always served its original purpose as a real outpost of soldiers and was never turned into a manor house. The complex was recently renovated and divided in private stately homes, but the original appearance remained intact. You also should know that the massive tower defending the weaker side of the castle, the “Nibbio”, is an independent apartment offering accommodation. Here’s the link to the Monteluco Castle website.
Atop a hill a little further south of Badia a Coltibuono stand the ruins of Montegrossi castle, an important bulwark of defense back in medieval times. Fun fact: the complex withstood repeated fierce attacks throughout the centuries, but couldn’t do anything to resist the assaults undertaken in 1530 by the army of Charles V. The castle was unfortunately destroyed and, since then, the ruins have been abandoned.