Castello di Verrazzano – the treasure of Tuscany

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Castello di Verrazzano has a long, enduring history. Located in the heart of Tuscany the property housed many aristocratic families over the years with a winemaking history dating back to 1150.

Found in the Chianti Classico area, between the Italian cities of Florence and Siena, Castello di Verrazzano holds a beautiful position that was firstly an Etruscan settlement and later, Roman. In the 7th Century the castle became the property of the most famous resident, Giovanni da Verrazzano, an explorer who discovered the bay of New York and drew up the first map of the East coast of the U.S.

In 1964 he was honoured by the city of New York by naming the famous bridge, that links Brooklyn and Staten Island, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Three stones were taken from the Italian castle foundations and placed at the beginning of the bridge, and that same day, three stones from the bridge foundations were placed on the façade of the villa.

When the last of the Verrazzano family died in 1819, they were succeeded by the Ridolfi family of Florence. The Marquis Ridolfi, who is well known in Florence’s more recent history as the founder of Fiorentina, Florence’s Football Club, is also the mastermind of the Florence Maggio Musicale Festival.

Now owned by the Cappellini family, the great tradition of winemaking continues. From 1958, when they took over the castle, they set about restoring the villa, surrounding agriculture and vineyards using traditional methods, respecting the historical and architectonic features.

There are 105 acres of vines thriving in Verrazzano’s limestone-rich soil, which is reputedly responsible for the singular blend of muscularity and finesse evident in the Verrazzano wines. In addition to its famous and historic wines, Castello di Verrazzano is also a farm, producing a wide range of different produce, including olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey and grappa.

As a company who sources and imports wines from all over the world we are proud to stock a range of Verrazzano reds from the Minituscan Rosso IGT to the impressive Supertuscan Chianti Classico Gran Selezione. See them all here.

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