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Gaiole in Chianti

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BETWEEN CASTLES AND VINEYARDS, IN A TUSCAN PAINTING

The territory of the commune of Gaiole extends along the Valley of the Massellone torrent, in a hilly area stretching from the hills of Chianti declines towards the valle dell'Arbia. Its history is linked to the important crossroads between Chianti and Valdarno, which earned him the position of "market town" for its castles and neighbouring cities. In the 14th century Gaiole, along with Castellina and Radda became part of Lega del Chianti political-military alliance whatsoever with the purpose of defending the Chianti area. The constant wars between Florence and Siena for territorial supremacy led to the construction of many fortified towns and castles, whose remains are visible today in the surrounding area Gaiole.

 

Traditions and typicality

The name of Gaiole in Chianti is inseparable from that of the Ricasoli family, a prestigious name in the panorama of the Chianti intended as territory of excellence for the production of the famous red wine. Here the Ricasoli are dedicated to viticulture since 1141 producing Chianti Classico wine under the label "Barone Ricasoli" by approximately 240 hectares of vineyards which the family owns around the area of Castello di Brolio, of them property.

 

 

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