The Ricasolis step on the gas in the vines
It is the beginning of October. The Castello di Brolio towers over the castle's own vineyards. Baron Francesco Ricasoli rides up to his estate on his Bianchi bicycle. The white gravel of the «Strada Bianca» crackles under his tyres and he pedals hard. But today he is not alone. Around 3000 other daredevils accompany him. For it is not a normal working day for the lord of the castle and winegrower – Francesco is a participant in the «Eroica» on this autumn day. The famous bicycle race leads across country through the beautiful Tuscan landscape. At the start: without exception, historic racing bikes and participants in vintage look. 209 kilometres have to be mastered. And those who manage it will receive a good portion of respect and a bottle of Brolio Bettino Chianti Classico from Ricasoli. Francesco dedicated this wine to his great-great-grandfather, the inventor of Chianti Classico.