BARONE RICASOLI

Barone Ricasoli


Since 1141, the Ricasoli family has owned Castello di Brolio Estate. The history of Brolio and the Ricasoli Barons extends into the distant 12th century when ownership of the land and castle was gifted to the Ricasoli family by the Republic of Florence. In the last 3 centuries, the Ricasoli have shaped the history of the Chianti Classico territory and its wines, while establishing themselves as top quality producers. In 1874, Baron Bettino Ricasoli, former Prime Minister of the Reign of Italy, defined the “formula” for the ideal wine on which the rules of the new Chianti Classico Appellation (DOCG) were eventually based in 1967.

A New Renaissance
In 1993, the Ricasoli family regained control of the winery, after twenty years of foreign ownership. For Barone Ricasoli this date represents the beginning of an era of renovation and research leading to a new splendor. In less than a decade more than 620 acres of vineyards have been replanted, with an investment of over $16 million dollars. The vinification cellars and hospitality structures have undergone major renovation, with an investment of additional $20 million dollars.

STEFANO CAPURSO

Barone Ricasoli


Born in Milan to a family with a long history of grapegrowing and winemaking, Stefano graduated from the the University of Florence with a degree in Agricultural Sciences. he then went on to recieve his Master's Degree in Wine Business Economics at the University of Piacenza.

Over the course of his long career Stefano has worked with numerous Italian wine brands, including those of Gruppo Italiano Vini where he worked for over a dozen years.

Since 2007, Stefano has been the Commercial Director of Barone Ricasoli in Tuscany's Chianti Classico region, where he works closely with Francesco Ricasoli, the current owner who is the 32nd generation of the Ricasoli family to run this historic estate. With records indicating its establishment as far back as 1141, Barone Ricasoli is recognized as the oldest continuously operating winery in the world.

In the last 3 centuries, the Ricasoli have shaped the history of the Chianti Classico territory and its wines, while establishing themselves as top quality producers.

In 1874, Baron Bettino Ricasoli, former Prime Minister of the Reign of Italy, defined the “formula” for the ideal wine on which the rules of the new Chianti Classico Appellation (DOCG) were eventually based in 1967.

In 1993, the Ricasoli family regained control of the winery after a time of external ownership. For Barone Ricasoli, this date represents the beginning of an era of renovation and research leading to a new splendor.

In less than a decade more than 620 acres of vineyards have been replanted, with an investment of over $16 million dollars. Ricasoli's winemaker, the well known and well respected Carlos Ferrini, was awarded the Winemaker of the Year Award from Wine Enthusiast in 2007.

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