Chianti is one of the most beautiful areas in Tuscany. Breathtaking landscapes and good wine makes Chianti a must for your holidays in Tuscany. Our final days in Tuscany were spent, visiting wineries, castles, hiking and retail therapy. The Brolio Castle which is owned by the Ricasoli Family since 1141, is still resided by the family. The residence is located beside a quaint chapel, built in bricks ans stone in Siena neo-gothic style. Skirting the towers and following the path, we descend to the wall walk which runs along the bastions and overlooks the family vineyards, and the Barone cellars. The vista from the wall takes in views to the southwest were you can see the bell tower of Siena.
Here Brolio wines are born, the wines are considered the best in Italy for their elegance and refinement as well as for their distinctive personality, a reflection of iniqueness of the lands where vineyards are planted.
After our private tour and wine tasting of their 3 most famous wines we walked to the estates restaurant, where we sat down to a delicious degustation.
The following day we hiked the hills around Radda and Gaioli in Chainti district, visiting small villages, tasting deliciousies at the worlds famous butcher shop, we hiked to the highest point in Chianti and were rewarded with amazing views all the way to Firenze. We even managed to seeki out the first mushrooms of the season, visiting pottery shops, more wine tasting and eating delicious Italian pasta.
It will be sad to leave Tuscany tomorrow.