The Tuscan winemaking tradition was formed over 3,000 years ago when the Etruscans cultivated vines and made wine. During the Middle Ages, battles raged between Siena and Florence for control of this fruitful land. This led to the construction of the region's many castles or Castelli. As part of the fortification, the "cavaliere" knight on horseback, as depicted on our labels, protected the owner from the threat of invasion. The first mention of the Castello di Gabbiano dates back to the 12th century, when the castle belonged to the prestigious Bardi family. In 1408 the property passed to the Soderini family who were prominently involved in the political events of Florence. Tommaso Soderini, Knight of the Golden Spur, was appointed Gonfalonier (governing magistrate) of Florence five times. In 1502 his son, Piero Soderini, was named Gonfalonier for life and his brother Francesco was Cardinal under Pope Julius II, a close friend and protector of Michelangelo. In the late 16th century the Soderinis were banned from Florence as rebels because of their opposition to the powerful Medici family. This episode illustrates the extent of political intrigue and power struggles during the Renaissance period. Following the banishment of the Soderinis, the castle remained abandoned for many years. Throughout the ensuing centuries, many noble families resided at the castle, making modifications and restorations. Today, Castello di Gabbiano continues to be a part of Tuscany's historical fabric as one of the leading wineries of the Chianti Classico region. Visit the Castello di Gabbiano website.
Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico Riserva 2012
Created from the property's oldest Chianti Classico vineyards, the castle's Riserva is a wine that maintains all the most typical organoleptic characteristics of Chianti Classico, emphasised by a balanced ageing in wood. A wine that rewards the more patient consumer, since it requires a long ageing in bottles. more
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