Castle of Meleto (Castello di Meleto)
Castle of Meleto (Castello di Meleto)

Castle of Meleto (Castello di Meleto)

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Castello di Meleto, Chianti, Tuscany, 53013

The basics

Gaiole in Chianti is a sleepy Tuscan village today, but in the Middle Ages, it was a strategically important center ringed by the strongholds of Brolio, Vertine, Barbischio, and the turreted Castle of Meleto (Castello di Meleto). The castle and estate have long been associated with winemaking, and today the landmark is one of the top attractions on wine and castle tours of Chianti. Join a guided visit of its frescoed rooms, 18th-century theater, and historic wine cellars, as well as a vineyards tour and tasting sessions of award-winning Chianti Classico and other local wines in the castle’s enoteca.

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Things to know before you go

  • The estate's Chianti Classico and other wines, grappas, and olive oils, as well as charcuterie made from the estate’s Cinta Senese pigs, are stocked in the castle’s enoteca.

  • You can dine at the castle’s La Fornace di Meleto restaurant.

  • Photographers will appreciate the sweeping views from the castle walls and vineyards.

  • Comfortable shoes are recommended for visiting the castle and surrounding estate.

  • Much of the castle and winery isn’t accessible to wheelchairs or strollers.

  • The minimum drinking age in Italy is 18.

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How to get there

The Meleto Castle is located just outside of Gaiole di Chianti in the Chianti region, 40 minutes northeast of Siena along highway A1 (exit at Valdichiana). You can avoid the hassle of navigating Tuscany’s rural roads by joining a wine and castle tour that includes transportation.

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When to get there

The Chianti countryside is particularly lovely in the spring and fall when the vineyards are lush, but the temperatures are mild. Time your visit to the castle and estate when views are at their peak.

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Chianti’s medieval castles

Gaiole in Chianti and the surrounding region was protected by a network of defensive castles during the Middle Ages, many of which are now open to the public. In addition to the Castello di Meleto, visit the Brolio, Vertine, and Barbischio fortresses to take in their stately halls and sweeping vistas.

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