The Castello di Meleto is a castle outside the municipality of Gaiole in Chianti in the province of Siena in Tuscany. The castle is located about 1 kilometer outside the historical center, at the end of a picturesque lane lined with cypress and juniper trees.
Castello di Meleto in Gaiole in Chianti
To make an excursion from Siena to the Castello di Meleto by car, it is best to follow the provincial road SP408 di Montevarchi.
Address: Località Castello di Meleto, 53013 Gaiole In Chianti. Phone: +39 0577 749129. Opening times: From 10:00 till 19:00.
History and description
The Meleto Castle is situated on top of a hill and, like nearby Castello di Brolio, used to be property of the Ricasoli family for centuries (until 1968). The name ‘Meleto in Chianti’ is mentioned for the first time in 1269.
Tall cypress trees surround the castle. Th exterior is characterized by two round towers. Inside you can see frescoed corridors, loggias and pretty courtyards. There is also a theater dating back to the 18th century.
The castle has an enoteca (“wine bar”) and there is also an agriturismo attached.