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The famous Italian noble family in the iRegion of Tuscany has been growing wine continuously since 1141, making it one of the oldest wine estates in the world. Since that time, the family has owned extensive land in the area between Siena and Florence. This prompted the Republic of Florence to exclude the family from public office. However, this did not prevent the family from exercising great political influence for centuries. Around 1830, Baron Bettino Ricasoli (1809-1880) inherited the neglected family estate Castello di Brolio in the heart of the Chianti-Classico region and began to reform viticulture on a grand scale. He travelled to France and Germany, studied viticulture there and imported numerous grape varieties. In 1861, he became Prime Minister of the new Kingdom of Italy and was nicknamed the "Iron Baron".

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