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Meleto castle

Like in a fairytale, the Castle of Meleto stands out in the enchanting Chianti landscape at the end of a nice avenue lined with cypress-trees and junipers, in the middle of sun-kissed fields and vineyards.


Meleto Castle - Castle of Meleto - Gaiole in ChiantiLike in a fairytale, the Castle of Meleto stands out in the enchanting Chianti landscape at the end of a nice avenue lined with cypress-trees and junipers, in the middle of sun-kissed fields and vineyards.
A wonderful testimony of history and man's industrious presence that, today more than ever, invites to plunge into the countryside peacefulness to savour the flavour and fragrance of wine, the scent of the cellars, the oil mills, the wood of the furniture, the wheat and the thousand scents of lawns and fields, thus making you forget the frantic pace of time beyond the hills.
Meleto welcomes and hugs the visitors, the tourists, the nature-loving people like an oasis, a parallel dimension to live in its rhythms determined by small, big millenarian customs from which still today comes the wide range of its high quality-products that are the fruits of a research combining modern technologies with deep and ancient traditions.

The Castle
The massive Meleto Castle rises in the heart of the Chianti Classico, not very far from the boundary line between the ancient Republics of Siena and Florence, about 1 km far from Gaiole in Chianti.

In the beginning the castle belonged to the Benedettini Monks of the Coltibuono Abbey and the name "Meleto in Chianti" is mentioned for the first time in 1269 in the precious "Libro degli Estimi" of the Florentine Guelphs as a property of the Rainerii de Ricasoli family.

Over the centuries the Ricasoli Family has enlarged and improved the structure. Therefore today the castle keeps not only its fifteenth-century massive fortifications with the imposing cylindrical tower built against the artillery but also the elegant grace of the noble villa with its furnished and decorated rooms and the incomparable eighteenth-century little theatre.


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