The Castle of Verrazzano is located on a hilltop in the Chianti Classico area, the first grape growing and wine producing area in the world to be determined by an official proclamation, made by the grand Duke Cosimo III de’ Medici in 1716.
Its high position, over the Greve valley, was once of strategic-military importance; today it is possible to easily overlook the vineyards which fan out across the slopes to the edges of the wood further down the valley.
The castle was an Etruscan then a Roman settlement before becoming the property of the Verrazzano family in the VIIth century. There is a great tradition of winemaking here: the “vineyards situated in Verrazzano” are mentioned in a manuscript which dates back to 1150 and is preserved at the abbey of Passignano.
The ancient cellars date back to the XVIth century. Aging takes place in Slavonian oak barrels placed along the corridors, protected from sudden temperature changes. 3 years old oak barrels of 30 hl. capacity are used for the elevation of the Chianti and Chianti Classico Riserva, and new barriques (Allier and Vosges) for the elevation of the Super Tuscans, the Sassello di Verrazzano and Bottiglia Particolare.
By visiting the winery, surrounded by the scents of fine oak barrels, one enters into the heart of the castle, where selections of the best vintages since 1924 are kept.
At Castello di Verrazzano it is possible, with several kind of programmes, to take guided tours of the historical but still working cellars.
During the visit, strolling in the late-Reinassance gardens of the Villa, you will discover the great history of the Navigator Giovanni da Verrazzano and have the chance to see the wild boar bred in the surrounding woods.
The tours are always completed with a guided tasting of classic wines, extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar and Vin Santo (Holy Wine) together with the traditional almond biscuits.
The Direct sale on Road SS 222 will be closed from January 8 to February 28, 2013.
From March 1, it will be regularly open every day for tastings and purchases, 9.30am-1.00 pm and 2.00pm-7.30pm. (Sundays and holidays 9.30am-1.00pm and 3.00pm-7.30pm).
“First Tasting Program” From Monday to Friday Guided visit to the Castle’s gardens and historical aging cellars followed by a guided tasting of a selection of best wines of the farm: “Rosé di Verrazzano” IGT (summer) or “Verrazzano Rosso” red Tuscan IGT (winter) Chianti Classico DOCG Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva Tasting of extra virgin olive oil with Tuscan bread. Time of visit: 10.00 pm Duration: 1h 30m Price per person: Euro 10,00
“Chianti Tradition Program” From Monday to Friday Guided visit to the Castle’s gardens and historical aging cellars followed by a guided tasting of a selection of our best wines and lunch with gastronomic specialties prepared with raw ingredients from the farm and other Tuscan producers. Wines tasted: “Verrazzano Rosso” red Tuscan IGT Chianti Classico DOCG Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva Great Vintage – selection of the day Tasting is accompanied by: Gran tagliere Verrazzano (Great Verrazzano Trencher): ham, Tuscan salami, finocchiona (a typical salami flavoured with fennel seeds), wild boar salami, garlic bread, black crostino with lard, head cheese, pecorino, caprino (fresh goat cheese) with farm honey and “Balsamico Verrazzano” Or: Gran Tagliere Vegetariano (Great Vegetarian Trencher): garlic bread (with tomato in summer), a selection of crostini with vegetables in season, a selection of pecorino with farm honey and “Balsamico Verrazzano” Tasting of Grappa accompanied by traditional cakes/cookies, coffee. Time of visit: 11.00 am Duration: about 2 h Price per person: Euro 32,00
“The Wine & Food Experience Program” From Monday to Friday Guided visit to the Castle’s gardens and historical aging cellars followed by a guided tasting of a selection of the best wines and lunch with gastronomic specialities prepared with raw ingredients from the farm and other Tuscan producers: “Verrazzano Rosso” red Tuscan IGT – ham, wild boar salami, head cheese, crostino with lard from the Greve Valley, garlic bread Chianti Classico DOCG – pasta with sauce and herbs Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG – grilled sausages and rosticciana (pork ribs) or roast loin of pork or “stracotto al Chianti Classico” (depending on the season) with salad and white beans or cheackpeas “Supertuscan” IGT – a tasting of pecorino with “Balsamico Verrazzano” Tasting of Grappa accompanied by traditional cakes/cookies Coffee. Time of visit from Monday to Friday: 12.00 p.m. Duration: 3 h approx Price per person: Euro 54,00
If you are interested, please ask us to make a reservation for a tasting for you.
CASTELLO DI VERRAZZANO – Via Citille, 32 – Greti – 50022 GREVE IN CHIANTI (FI) –
More Information: www.verrazzano.com
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