Built by the Verrazzano family in the 7th century, Castello di Verrazanno has an interesting history, having vineyard activity documented on its 220-hectare site since 1150. Fun fact! It was also the birthplace navigator Giovanni da Verrazzano, who discovered the Bay of New York in 1524.
Located in Greve in Chianti and purchased by the Cappellini family in 1958, the winery today boasts a beautiful manor house with an imposing stone tower at its center. The house is surrounded by gardens and panoramic views over the Tuscan landscape and woods, which are populated by wild boars, from which Verrazano draws its excellent salami and smoked meats. The company also produces farm products such as olive oil and vinegar, but for now, let’s get back to the wine! With 42 hectares of vineyards planted at an altitude of 260 to 380 meters in limestone soil, Verazanno produces a wide range of wines with organic methods, most notably the Chianti Classico for which their area is renowned. So, head over for one of their special tours of their historic cellars and vines, which range from ones focused specifically on Chianti to tours complete with dinner on the farm in their “Hosteria”, which serves food made with simple, raw ingredients from the farm, and also gives you a chance to try some cinghiale (wild boar!), a delicacy of the area.