The Castle belonged to the Benedictine monks of the Coltibuono Abbey. The name “Meleto in Chianti” appears for the first time in 1269, in the Florentine Guelphs’ “Libro degli Estimi“, as the property of the family of Rainerii de Ricasolis. The Ricasoli family extended and embellished the building over the centuries, and today the Castle still has its massive 15th century fortifications with an imposing cylindrical tower built as protection against artillery fire. The land of the Castle of Meleto stretches around the castle for about 1,000 hectares (2,471 acres), 180 of which are destined to the cultivation of the grapevine. The prevailing grapes are Sangiovese, destined to the production of Chianti Classico wine, together with other traditional types of vine â€“ Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah. The soil is mostly marl, calcareous marl and alberese: it is just in this barren land that the grapevine gives its best fruits, full of scents and natural fragrances. The names of the estates and the hills remind of a remote Etruscan and Roman-Christian history: Casi, Moci, Pieve di Spaltenna, Camboi, San Piero in Avenano, Poggiarso.
|2011||Castello di Meleto Borgaio IGT (Sangiovese /Merlot)|
|2011||Castello di Meleto Chianti Classico DOCG|
|2010||Castello di Meleto Chianti Classico Ris. DOCG â€“ Vigna Casi|
|2006||Castello di Meleto Rainero IGT (Cab/Sangiovese/Merlot)i|
|2010||Castello di Meleto Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG|
|2007||Castello di Meleto Rainero Vin Santo del Chianti Classico|