It was in that year that the noblewoman Elisabetta Balbi Valier, widow of the Baron Alberto Ricasoli-Firidolfi who was the father of the current owner Giovanni Ricasoli-Firidolfi, inherited the whole estate.
- Some information about the company:
Production area: Monti in Chianti
Total extension of the vineyards: 31 hectares
Altitude: 380-420 meters
Exposure: mainly south
Soil composition: medium soils of limestone matrix and with a good structure
Vines per hectare: 3.300 on older plants, 5.000 – 5.208 – 5.882 and 9.260 on the most recent plants
Training system: spurred cordon
Year of planting: 1970-1973 (10 hectares), 1989 (5 hectares), 1997 (2,5 hectares) e 1999 (7,5 hectares), 2006 (3 hectares), 2007 (3 hectares)
A prestigious owner of the estate in the 19th century was the Baron Bettino Ricasoli (Florence, 9th March 1809 – Castello di Brolio, 23rd October 1880), who was called “Barone di Ferro” (Iron Baron) and was Prime Minister of Italy in the first years of the Italian unification. Bettino Ricasoli, ancestor of the present owner, had a crucial role in the innovation of the Tuscan winegrowing and winemaking and among other things he sets the basis of today’s Chianti blending (“Chianti Classico”). The company is famous worldwide for its Vin Santo, if you’ve never tasted it, it’s definitely worth a trip!