In 1141, Brolio Castle passed into the hands of the Ricasoli family, whose descendant, Baron Bettino Ricasoli developed the formula for their famed Chianti in 1872.
Today, Barone Ricasoli is the largest winery in the Chianti Classico area. Located in the communes of Gaiole and Castelnuovo Berardenga, it is surrounded by 1,200 hectares of valleys, hills, forests of oak and chestnut trees, 235 hectares of vines and 26 hectares of olive groves, all bathing in the changing weather and beauty of this central Chianti Region.
Francesco Ricasoli, Bettino’s great-grandson and 32nd Baron, has been at the helm of the family business since 1993, renewing the quality and personality that made Brolio wines famous by making the most of the land’s unique history. With many award-winning wines renowned worldwide, Barone Ricasoli’s research and exploration continue, as new labels are continually being developed that reinvent the culture of winemaking and the art of drinking.
Agresto is our charming agriturism house situated on a hill to southwest of Brolio Castle, and is one of the most beautiful, eighteenth-century farmhouses on the property of Barone Ricasoli. It is located in an incredibly tranquil part of the estate and completely surrounded by Brolio vineyards where one can enjoy the panorama that stretches from the towers of Siena to Mount Amiata and Radicofani. The villa, which has been recently restored in authentic Tuscan-country architecture, was beautifully renovated and includes a spacious living room and four double rooms with bathrooms. Guests can also take in the breathtaking views while relaxing outside by the pool.
There is a dirt road that will take you to Agresto and parking directly in front of the villa. The town of San Regolo is located only 3.5 km where there is a small family-run grocery store. Gaiole is 14km and Siena is 20km. from Agresto.
The Agresto house is available for weekend stays (March-October).
When was the last time you had dinner in an Italian restaurant in Canada and you thought you were dining in Italy? That’s exactly how “Ospitalità Italiana Certified”restaurants want you to feel when you visit their fine dining establishments.
Ospitalità Italiana is an official certification from Unioncamere, Italy’s federation of local Chambers of Commerce and Industry, that tells you that the food you are enjoying is unquestionably Italian: products are authentic, ingredients genuine and recipes true to the thousand year history of Italian cuisine.
Canada is home to some leading Italian Chefs. Passionate and innovative, many have refined their skills and advanced their knowledge directly in Italy. In addition, Montréal boasts a fabulous cooking school ITHQ where young aspiring chefs learn Italian technic and Italian traditional recipes from the masters.
So the next time you make reservations for an Italian dinner in a Montreal restaurant, ask if they’ve received the Ospitalità Italiana seal of approval. You will enjoy the true Italian taste.