Castello di Cacchiano
The Barons Ricasoli-Firodolfi are one of the oldest families in Tuscany. They have owned Castello di Cacchiano since the 11th century. Tuscan history has kept chronicles of habitation in the Castello since time immemorial. The current proprietor, Giovanni Ricasoli-Firodolfi, is a young vintner and is a descendant of the noble family. One of his ancestors was Baron Bettino Ricasoli (1809-1880) who served as the second premier of a united Italy. About 150 years ago he drew up various formulas for improving the production of Chianti wine, which is today known as Chianti Classico. One of his final conclusions was that a Chianti consisting primarily of Sangiovese (80%) along with 20% Canaiolo represented the wine best suited to aging. <p>Since the founding of Castello di Cacchiano, wine has been produced from grapes grown in the estate’s own vineyards. In 1974 the Baron Alberto Ricasoli- Firodolfi and his wife Elisabetta Balbi Valier decided to bottle the wines of the property under the Castello’s label.
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