My wife and I visited the Castello di Verrazzano in connection with a group tour. We were told about the castle’s history and were given a nice tour of the hilltop castle, its impeccably-manicured grounds, and its wine cellars. The website of Castello di Verrazzano explains that the castle was an Etruscan then a Roman settlement before becoming the property of the Verrazzano family in the seventh century. We have been to several wineries and tasting rooms in Napa and Sonoma Counties in California that have been modeled on an old European castle; however, Castello di Verrazzano is the real thing. It’s located in probably the world’s most famous wine-producing regions – Greve in Chianti.
As part of our tour of the Castello, we were served a “light dinner of local specialties” including bread, prosciuto, salami, pecorino cheese, and pasta in a tomato sauce. We tasted a 2010 “Rosso di Verrazzano” Minituscan, a 2009 Chianti Classico, a 2008 Chianti Classico “Il Navigatore,” and a 2008 Chianti Classico Riserva. They were all superb. Of course, they were selling wines produced at the Castello. As is true at the wineries and tasting rooms in Napa and Sonoma Counties in California, the prices for wines are probably not a good deal; but since you’ve just tasted the wine, theoretically anyway, you know what you’re getting. I bought a 2007 Chianti Classico Riserva Sassello for 36,00€. My wife also bought a small bag (100 grams) of “Verrazzano le ricette della fattoria” spices; a 100 ml. bottle of Balsamic vinegar; and a 250 ml. bottle of “Castello Verrazzano Olio Extra Vergne di Oliva Del Chianti Classico” (extra virgin olive oil) for a total of 63,50€ – not cheap by any means. We had tasted each of these items in connection with our “light dinner of local specialties,” enjoyed them immensely, and buying the small portions of each seemed like a good idea at the time.
We very much enjoyed our visit to Verrazzano Castle, but aside from the “genuineness” of it all, it’s not very far removed from some of the wineries and tasting rooms in Napa and Sonoma Counties in California. The major difference, though, was the views – the views of Tuscany were incomparable, spectacular, stunning.
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