Castle is a nineteenth century Gothic revival structure
built on the foundations of an important fort originating in the
10 C. During Medici times, Brolio Castle was greatly modified with
the addition of some of the first anti-cannon bastions constructed
in Italy. Also during the 19 C, a forested park in the English
style plus a neo-Renaissance italianate garden
were created. The walls, gardens and the chapel are open to the
public, and there are magnificent views as far as Siena from the
bastions. Brolio Castle is a well-known wine producer.
Brolio's greatest claim to fame is that it was the home of Baron
Bettino Ricasoli, the Iron Baron, a descendant of the family that
Brolio since 1144, and an important politician of the
Risorgimento. He is perhaps best know nowadays as the formulator
of the grape blend that defined Chianti
wine for more than 150 years.
Worth a brief visit. More about Brolio