Each October, the first challenge every rider must face at L’Eroica in Gaiole is the climb to Brolio Castle which begins at the Ricasoli Winery, and fittingly, we chose this location to open the world’s first Eroica Caffé! Eroica Caffé Brolio, in the heart of Chianti, offers cyclists and non-cyclists alike a leafy respite amidst the sounds of nature – and the occasional clicking of a passing freewheel. This is a place to enjoy the atmosphere of the Tuscan hills, and like everywhere in Italy, coffee is serious business. So prepare to enjoy a freshly made espresso with a delicious, light snack while pondering the illustrious former residence of Barone Bettino Ricasoli soaring above the terrace. Consider that this is the exact place where he developed the original Chianti wine in the 1890’s – after leading the first government of the modern Italian state. Truly a must-stop destination for visitors seeking to commune with Italian history and the spirit of Eroica year round. After your lunch, take time to tour the castle, current home to the Ricasoli family, before continuing along the well-marked L’Eroica course to explore and discover more rare jewels of this rich and diverse region.