Why so chic?
Why travel experts chose this hotel
Established in 1124
Winemaking for 300 years
Only when you book with Chic
Soak up a bit of history at Castello di Gabbiano, a luxury B&B in an ancient castle and countryside setting. Established in 1124, this magnificent building is surrounded by more than 100 hectares of vines, olive groves, and woods, and the estate's been producing wine for 300 years, including a first-rate Chianti Classico. This chic retreat lies between Florence and Siena, making it a perfect base for discovering Tuscany. And an eco-friendly choice too, with environmental conservation treated as important: the property has the ISO 14001 Certificate of Conformity, partners in the Life Green Grape project, and follows the VIVA programme.
On-site restaurant Il Cavaliere can be found in an original 16th-century farmhouse atop the hill overlooking the property. A friendly atmosphere and attentive service combine with tasty Tuscan dishes prepared by Chef Francesco Berardinelli. Founder of the famous Il Beccofino restaurant in Florence and having travelled the world as Executive Chef and Consultant, he's headed up the kitchen at Castello di Gabbiano since 2014 and has been wowing guests ever since.
Many ingredients are sourced from the kitchen garden, and plates range from onion and almond flan with herb oil and spaghetti with truffle and Parmesan, to Cornish hen with preserved lemon.
The 11 individually decorated rooms at Castello di Gabbiano are charming and homely; you can even stay in the ancient tower if you book the duplex suite.
Discover the journey from grape to bottle with a guided visit around the winery and ancient cellars. Learn about the various techniques used to make their exceptional Chianti Classico, which has been produced at the estate since the 14th-century. They make excellent olive oil and vinegar too.
It's a privilege to be able to take part in a cooking lesson hosted by Francesco Berardinelli, and if you love your food then this is something not to be missed.
How to get there
By car: from the A1 exit at Firenze Impruneta (keep to your right and take the Superstrada or semi-highway). Take the first exit at Impruneta, follow the signs to Greve until Falciani, then turn left into the village of Falciani and follow the signs to Greve. After about 3 kilometres you’ll pass the village of Ferrone; keep going straight in direction Greve. After a further 3 kilometres you’ll see a building on your left where land machines are sold, and and you’ll also see the winery Castelli Grevepesa. Turn right towards San Casciano, and after about 600 metres you’ll find the entrance to Castello di Gabbiano on your left. Drive up all the way to the castle.
- Florence airport is about 40 minutes away (38km)
- Pisa airport is 1 hour 15 minutes away (82km)
Free parking is available.