The Ricasoli family ancestry has roots from the ancient Longobarde family dating all the way back to the 7th century. The Ricasoli hystory began as part of the noble feudal family of the Emperor Carlo Magno. During the 13th century, the Ricasoli family spread rapidly only to be reunited once again around the 17th century. Ready with their military forces to defend Florence, generations of noble Ricasoli's can been traced back to "castello di Brolio", from the never-ending battles with Siena all the way t to the unification of Italy. After Cavour, it was Baron Bettino Ricasoli "the Iron Baron", who held the position of the Prime Minister of the then-unified Italy.
After centuries of defending their land and people, they were the first to decide to utilize their farmland and vineyards, producing and selling their best wine production. It has been documented from as early as the 16th century, that Brolio had exported wine to Amsterdam and England and from the beggining of the 20th century, Brolio wine had become renown and exported all over the world: from China to Saudi Arabia, from South Africa to Guatemala, from Costa Rica to (at that time) British Africa.