Luigi Cappellini
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Loc. Verrazzano
50022 Greve in Chianti (FI) 

E-mail: info@verrazzano.com
Website: www.verrazzano.com

Description

The castle was an etruscan then a roman settlement before becoming the property of the Verrazzano family in the VIIth century. Giovanni da Verrazzano, who discovered the bay of new York and the main part of the east coast of America, was in fact born here in 1485. After having undergone changing fortunes over the centuries, the castle has now rediscovered its ancient splendour thanks to the patient work of the present owner, Cavaliere Luigi Cappellini. There is a great tradition of winemaking here: the “vineyards situated in Verrazzano” are mentioned in a manuscript which dates back to 1170 and is preserved at the abbey of Passignano. The estate has been a member of the Consorzio Chianti Classico since 1924, the year the consurtium was established. Work at the castle is aimed towards the production of high quality wines. This policy is favoured by the following characteristics of the hill of Verrazzano: a) the ground, b) the altitude of the vineyards, c) the climate. Such conditions involve low yield per hectare (about 45/50 ql of grapes per hectare) and they exalt the refinement, the scent, the body and the sugar gradation of the wine. The cultivation system aim rigorously at respecting the environment. The fertilisation is completely organic. The harvest is made by hand, in this way only the best fruit is chosen for the wine. The Castle is in the barycentre of the vineyards so that immediately after harvesting the grapes reach the cellar where it is tactfully pressed.

Vineyards altitude (m): 400
Vineyards area (ha): 42
Registered area (ha): 42
Chianti Classico production (hl): 1600

Chianti Classico D.O.C.G.

  • Castello di Verrazzano

Chianti Classico D.O.C.G. Riserva

  • Castello di Verrazzano

Other wines

IGT Rosso di Verrazzano
IGT Bottiglia Particolare
IGT Sassello
IGT Bianco Donna Clara
DOC Vino Santo del Chianti

Oil D.O.P.

  • Producer of Chianti Classico Black Rooster Olive Oil D.O.P.

Other products

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Honey

Hospitality

  • B&B / Agriturism: more then 5 rooms
  • N. Apartments: 2
  • Average bed per apartment: 4

NOTES - Verrazzano Castle offers to tourist the possibility of staying at the recently restored "Foresteria Casanova", about 1 Km. far from the Castle. There are 2 independent apartments and 7 double rooms (with the possibility of an additional bed in two rooms). All rooms are furnished in typical, rustic Tuscan-style, each one with shower and restroom. The rooms are all in the same building, with a relaxing common room where you can read and have conversation. There is also a patio outside where you can sit down and enjoy the evening breeze.

Restaurants

  • Restaurant open to general public

NOTES - Cantinetta dei Verrazzano (Firenze) - In a region of gastronomical creations, there is a place in Florence where they can be enjoyed. At the Cantinetta dei Verrazzano one can taste the homonymous products, including specialties from the wood burning oven. With the use of the old Semellino oven, the food is high quality yet simple, celebrating Tuscan tradition. This establishment is a lovely balance of a wine bar and a gourmet café. Via dei Tavolini (between P.zza Duomo and P.zza Signoria) Fienze Tel. +39 055 268590

Tasting & Direct Sales

  • Guided tasting
  • Winery tour on reservation
  • Direct Sales

Opening period: Every day 10am-1pm and 2pm-19pm

NOTES - At the Castle of Verrazzano, guided tours can be booked to see the gardens, the centuries-old ageing cellars and, as a curiosity, the wild boar which are reared naturally in the surrounding woods. Together with the world famous wines, all the various products of the Farm can be tasted, including salted meats and wild boar sausage, as well as the area's other typical specialities. All the wines produced here may be purchased from the estate shop.

Address for visitors: Loc. Greti
Telephone for reservations: +39 055 854243

GPS

Longitude: 11.284
Latitude: 43.599

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