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Wine tours and tastings in a true fairy tales atmosphere

Wine experience in Tuscan Castles

Immerse yourself in one of those Tuscan postcards with rolling hills and endless vineyards, have a wine tasting over a hill surrounded by towers and ancient walls, reserve a "Candle-lit dinner" in a hall from the Renaissance period, and maybe book an unforgettable night in a luxury room. Tuscany is full of ancient castles surrounded by vineyards that are part of wine estates and offer tastings, many accommodation options and wine tours in a true fairy tales atmosphere. Here are some of the best options:

Castello Banfi (Montalcino)

Castello Banfi is a family-owned vineyard estate and winery in the "Brunello" region. The origins of the fortress can be traced to the ancient Etruscans, but its deepest historical niche was carved during the Middle Ages. At Castello Banfi, you can find also luxury rooms, suites, and a restaurant. http://www.castellobanfi.com

Castello Banfi - [Photo credits: www.castellobanfi.com]
Castello Banfi - [Photo credits: www.castellobanfi.com]

Castello Vicchiomaggio (Greve in Chianti)

This medieval castle is a working wine estate in the heart of the Chianti Classico area. All accommodation combines historic charm with modern service and facilities: a restaurant, events and wedding events, cooking and wine experiences. http://www.vicchiomaggio.it/

Castello di Vicchiomaggio [Photo credits: castello di Vicchiomaggio]
Castello di Vicchiomaggio [Photo credits: castello di Vicchiomaggio] 

Castello di Monsanto (Barberino Val D'Elsa)

At Castello di Monsanto, it is possible to visit the cellars upon booking. The tour includes an overview of the main Tuscan Designation of Origin wines, the cultivation techniques in the vineyards, an explanation of the various production phases, from the vinification process to ageing. It concludes with a wine tasting. http://www.castellodimonsanto.it

Castello di Monsanto [Photo credits: castello di Monsanto]
Castello di Monsanto [Photo credits: castello di Monsanto] 

Castello di Brolio (Gaiole in Chianti)

The castle is surrounded by 240 hectares of vineyards, forming part of the farm’s lands, making it the largest in the Chianti Classico area. It dates back to the 11th century and has been the property of the Ricasoli family since 1141. Look for the wine shop, the restaurant and for the Culture and Taste Trail. http://www.ricasoli.com

Castello di Brolio [Photo credits: castello di Brolio]
Castello di Brolio [Photo credits: castello di Brolio] 

Castello di Gabbiano (Mercatale Val di Pesa)

The first historical references to Gabbiano date back to the 11th century, when work began on the square tower, which was built to defend one of the most important communication routes between Florence and Siena. It's possible to visit the castle and the ancient cellars, enjoy the wines, rent a room, have lunch or dinner, take cooking lessons and enjoy tastings of the estate wines. http://www.castellogabbiano.it

Castello di Gabbiano - [Photo credits: www.castellogabbiano.it]
Castello di Gabbiano - [Photo credit: Castello di Gabbiano]

Castel Sonnino (Montespertoli)

King Umberto I, Vittorio Emanuele III, D'Annunzio and Giolitti were just some of the illustrious guests who stayed at Castello Sonnino in the early years of the twentieth century.  The oldest parts are the thirteenth-century tower and chapel. At Castel Sonnino, you can have tasting and historical tours, enjoy brunch, lunch and dinner or stay in an exclusive apartment situated in the thirteenth-century tower. http://www.castellosonnino.it

Castello Sonnino [ Photo credits: www.castellosonnino.it]
Castello Sonnino [ Photo credit: Castello di Sonnino]

Castello di Meleto (Gaiole in Chianti)

The lands of the Castle of Meleto stretch around the castle for about 1.000 hectares (2.471.000 acres), 180 of which are destined to the cultivation of grapes. Castello di Meleto, which dates from the XIII century, offers wine tastings, rooms and event organisation. http://www.castellomeleto.it

Castello Meleto [Photo Credits: http://www.castellomeleto.it/]
Castello Meleto [Photo Credits: Castello di Meleto]

Castello del Trebbio (Santa Brigida)

Castello del Trebbio, built by the Pazzi family in 1184, is today a farm that offers high-quality products, such as wine, extra virgin olive oil and pure saffron, as well as several activities like accommodations in farm houses, wine and olive oil tours in the 900-year-old castle cellars, and weddings for foreign and Italian couples. http://www.vinoturismo.it/

Castello del Trebbio
Castello del Trebbio [Photo credit: Castello del Trebbio]

Castello di Verrazzano (Greve in Chianti)

The Castle of Verrazzano is located on a hilltop in the Chianti Classico area, built by Grand Duke Cosimo III de' Medici in 1716. At Castello di Verrazzano, it's possible to take guided tours of the historical and still working cellars. The tours are always completed with a guided tasting of the vineyard’s classic wines, extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar and Vin Santo. http://www.verrazzano.com

Castello di Verrazzano [Photo credits: castello di Verrazzano]
Castello di Verrazzano [Photo credits: castello di Verrazzano] 

Castello di Oliveto (Castelfiorentino)

The Castle of Oliveto is an ancient manor built in the 15th century. Today you can enjoy traditional Tuscan dinners and wine tastings, farm holidays and resort accommodations and cooking courses. http://www.castellooliveto.it

Castello di Oliveto [Photo credits: Castello di Oliveto]
Castello di Oliveto [Photo credits: Castello di Oliveto] 

Castello di Tornano (Gaiole in Chianti)

Castello Tornano was built in the XIII century. At Castello di Tornano, it's possible to enjoy traditional Tuscan dinners and wine tastings, accommodations and cooking courses. http://www.castelloditornano.it/

Castello di Tornano
Castello di Tornano 

Castello Romitorio (Montalcino)

Castello Romitorio is a massive twelfth century hilltop fortress in Montalcino. Since 1986, it has produced Tuscan wine. Today, it offers wine tastings Monday through Friday. http://www.castelloromitorio.com

Castello Romitorio
Castello Romitorio 

Castello di Nipozzano (Pelago)

This castle was built in the year 1000 as a defensive fortress. It later became the centre of communal life for the village of the same name. Today, the castle houses the wine cellar, where the estate red wines are produced and cask-aged. Nipozzano also serves as Frescobaldi’s hospitality centre and as site for its fine food and wine events. http://www.frescobaldi.it/castello-di-nipozzano

Castello di Nipozzano [Photo Credits: www.facebook.com/FrescobaldiVini]
Castello di Nipozzano [Photo Credits: www.facebook.com/FrescobaldiVini] 

Castello di Pomino (Rufina)

Designed by Florentine architect Gherardo Silvani, this castle houses the estate’s winemaking cellars. It's possible to visit the Pomino cellars and enjoy wine tastings. http://www.frescobaldi.it/castello-di-pomino

Castello di Pomino
Castello di Pomino 

Castello della Paneretta (Barberino Val D'Elsa)

The Paneretta castle is situated in the Chianti Classico area and was built around an ancient sighting tower. It offers exclusive guided wine tours, light lunch and private visits. Find out more info here: castellodellapaneretta.com/en

Castello di Paneretta in winter [Photo Credits: http://www.paneretta.it/]
Castello di Paneretta in winter [Photo Credits: http://www.paneretta.it/] 

Castelgiocondo (Montalcino)

Constructed in 1100 to guard the road from the port at Talamone to Siena, the castle has belonged to the Frescobaldi family since 1989. At Castelgiocondo you can book your wine tour to visit vineyards an cellars. http://www.frescobaldi.it/castelgiocondo

Castelgiocondo Castle interior
Castelgiocondo Castle interior

Castello di Velona (Montalcino)

Constructed in 1100 to guard the road from the port at Talamone to Siena, the castle has belonged to the Frescobaldi family since 1989. Already one of the top-quality producers of Brunello di Montalcino in the late 19th century, the tenuta of Castelgiocondo  yields massively-structured wines of great complexity and balance. At Castello Banfi you can find a Resort, wine shop and restaurant. http://www.castellodivelonavini.it

Castello di Velona - [Photo credits: www.castellidivelonavini.it]
Castello di Velona - [Photo credits: www.castellidivelonavini.it]
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