Castles, wine and wineries in Chianti

Villa le Barone built on a defense tower between Florence and Sienna

In the Middle Ages, Chianti was covered with castles and other fortified settelments. Many remain as ruins, but many are now the headquarters of famous wineries, and Villa le Barone has develped a special offer to visit them.

In the Middle Ages  most of  the ‘Chianti’ area was covered with fortified villages, castles, fortresses, watch towers (Villa le Barone is built around one of them ). These castles were built on the counties  of the many local noblemen, like the Counts Guidi, the Baroni Ricasoli and the  Marchesi Mazzei.

Some are today in ruins but  other are  well preserved, still owned by the heirs of those families and have become the center of famous wineries.

One of the best example is the Castle of  Broglio (or Brolio), which belongs to the Ricasoli family  since the beginning of the 12th century. The castle was always in the hands of Florence, at the exception of a short Sienese occupation at the end of the 15th century. The construction of  new fortifications, able to resist to fire weapons,  was added over time  and Broglio became  a « bastionated fortress ». The battlements, with a pentagonal shape, are still the same as  600 years ago, but the enclosed original medieval castle has been replaced by Baron Bettino Ricasoli with  a neogothic building  in the 19th century.  Today the inside of the castle cannot be visited, but it is  possible to complete the walk of the ramparts  from which one can enjoy the splendid sights on the Chianti region and on the Ricasoli vineyards. Wine was produced at Broglio since the 12h century and it is  Bettino Ricasoli who is at the origin of the first  rules to define a Chianti wine :  70% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo and 15% Malvasia bianca. The cellars inside the mighty walls of the fortress are used for the aging of wines.

Vineyards around Villa le Barone

But there are many other  Castles in Chianti which are  also centers of wineries : Castello di Verrazano, di Meleto, di Gabbiano, just to quote a few of them…

Villa le Barone has prepared for its guests an itinerary allowing the discovery of many wineries and castles « off the beaten track » and has  carefully  prepared a « special offer » giving the possibility to visit cellars,  to enjoy wine tastings in various Chanti castles and to savour the authentic Tuscan cuisine at Villa le Barone!

Honeymoons in Chianti,Tuscany

Going on an honeymoon at Villa le Barone, Panzano in Chianti

At least 10 reasons to spend a honeymoon in Chianti at Villa le Barone: Romantic atmosphere, hush –hush location, natural luxury, beauty … without forgetting   good food, good wine, cooking lessons… Wonderful memories guaranteed!

What destination for your Honeymoon?  This is a difficult choice.  After discussions about venue and menu for the wedding reception, after those rings have been exchanged and those bells have stopped ringing, you want to just think about yourself and your partner. Why Tuscany and not Niagara Falls or the Maldives or Bali?  Just 10 easy reasons:

  1. A most romantic location in Chianti, Tuscany, on top of a hill surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, where serenity is queen!
  2. Beauty, elegance, charm, in   an idyllic 15th century historic mansion. A natural luxury hotel in the countryside!  Not a room is similar to another!
  3. Romantic dinners  on the terrace  in the greenery, or   on the “heart garden” with a candle on your table, an attentive service, a bottle of red  Chianti wine, a large choice of delicious dishes for dinner .
  4. Sunny weather to relax by the pool and wonderful nooks to hide away. Gardens of roses everywhere… (pick one without the owners catching you and offer it to her), breathtaking views!
  5. Cooking lesson for two with wonderful Villa le Barone’s chef to help prepare “post honeymoon” life…
  6. Itineraries provided for you to discover fabulous places: Volpaia, San Gimignano, Siena, Volterra, Florence, Certaldo, Castellina, Radda… there are many left for your anniversaries!
  7. A place from which to discover Italian fashion.  Trendy shoes? Elegant jacket? Smart vest? Cavalli?  Versace?  Prada?  Gucci? Visit Via Tornabuoni in Florence, or the Leccio fashion outlet…
  8. Renowned  wineries around and just close to Villa le Barone with magnificent cellars, where our ladies at the Reception can organize visits and wine tastings for you.
  9. A place to make sumptuous photographs to share with your friends (try not to make them envious!)… It’s a good block of fond memories to build your married life on.
  10. And you are on safe grounds, with great reviews like   “wonderful Honeymoon venue, Errol and Brittany T USA calif 09-2014”, “Best place to spend our honeymoon. Fabulous! Until next time, L and R  D Australia, 10-2014”,  “A great end to our honeymoon, very friendly staff, gorgeous views Christina and Nick L,UK”.  You might want to stay forever…

In conclusion, just book Villa le Barone’s honeymoon package!

Fabulous honeymoon in Chianti

Villa le Barone: The heart garden with view on Panzano

Where best to spend a fabulous honeymoon than in Chianti, in a charm hotel, offering a romantic atmosphere: superb views on the Chianti hills, wonderful sunsets, lovely strolls along the vineyards and olive groves,  authentic  cuisine…

You find all these ingredients at the boutique hotel Villa le Barone, a manor house of the 16th century, set on a hilltop location, in the quiet countryside with stunning views on the Chianti landscape and its rolling hills.
Whatever the season, you will be enchanted by the flowers in the garden, roses, hydrangeas, pansies and tulips in spring, dahlias in autumn. Do you enjoy sport? A tennis court and a swimming pool with unique vistas are at your disposal. There are also marvelous hiking and cycling possibilities. Do you wish to take the opportunity of your honeymoon to discover the art cities of Tuscany? Villa le Barone is ideally located between Florence, Siena and San Gimignano,..  Would you rather enjoy some days at a slow pace? You will find in Villa le Barone terraces, lounges, nooks in the various part of the large garden where you can hide away. Do you wish to discover Tuscan traditional cuisine? You can have a cooking course and you can do wine tastings…

Villa le Barone: a room

The word “Honeymoon” seems to come from an old English tradition that dates from the Middle Ages:  Mead – an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey with water- was drunk in great quantities at weddings and after the nuptial ceremony couples were given a month’s supply of mead—sufficient for one full cycle of the moon. But there many similar terms in other languages, such as the French “lune de miel” (moon of honey), or “ luna de miel” in Spanish. Similar words are used in many other languages, including Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic…
Come to Chianti, in Tuscany to spend a fabulous honeymoon at Villa le Barone; flowers will wait for you in your room with a bottle of Prosecco, the Italian Champagne!

You will enjoy unforgettable magic moments.