Across Tuscany and anywhere wine is made, nature gives us its bounty. At Castello Banfi and throughout the varied terroirs and soils that make up our constellation of vineyards, we harvest the goodness of the earth, caressing and nurturing it as we craft our wine to express all its character in every bottle.
Castello Banfi is a family-owned vineyard estate and winery in the Brunello region of Tuscany. Together with its sister estates in Piedmont, Vigne Regali and Principessa Gavia, it has become recognized the world over for its dedication to excellence and sparking a renaissance in the art of Italian winemaking.
The Mariani family proprietors credit education, dedication and discipline for the success that has accorded honors including:
First Winery in the World Recognized for Exceptional Environmental, Social & Ethical Responsibility & Leadership in Customer Satisfaction.
ASSOCIATION ITALIAN SOMMELIERS – 2010 Wine Oscar
Pioneering Italian Winemaking, Environmental Respect & Territory Enrichment.
VINITALY Nation Award ~ Best Italian Winery ~ 12 years
Gran Premio for Dedication to Excellence – Leading Ambassador for “Made in Italy”
Perhaps most gratifying of all is the praise of neighboring vintners who acknowledge Banfi’s role in pioneering a new era in Brunello and bringing the wine world’s attention to Montalcino. Banfi has pioneered clonal research on the Sangiovese vine to produce a more consistently excellent Brunello di Montalcino, and reduced sulfites and histamines through more organic winemaking. Technological advances, including customized cooperage for more balanced wines, nitrogen bottling to eliminate the addition of sulfites, electro-dialysis to allow flavors to emerge, and development of fermenters that combine both stainless steel and wood, are balanced with a profound respect for tradition and deep expression of the local terroir and microclimate. In the end, at Castello Banfi, winemaker and nature partner to allow the wine’s natural pedigree to emerge in artful expression.
Banfi’s Etruscan Legacy
Signature wines of the Castello Banfi estate, available in 50 countries around the world, include the single-vineyard reserve Poggio all’Oro and unfiltered cru Poggio alle Mura Brunellos, as well as three proprietary cuvées, ExcelsuS, SummuS and Cum Laude. Other single-vineyard bottlings include Tavernelle Cabernet Sauvignon, Colvecchio Syrah and San Angelo Pinot Grigio.
Overlooking the vineyards is the estate’s showpiece, a medieval fortress now known as Castello Banfi. Meticulously restored as a hospitality center, it boasts a glass museum, enoteca, and the informal „Taverna Banfi,” serving traditional dishes of the region. The latest jewel in the crown of estate hospitality is “Castello Banfi – Il Borgo,” 14 luxury guest rooms nestled in the hamlet that grew alongside the castle walls in the 17th and 18th century. Here, discriminating guests are nurtured in a style befitting Tuscan wine country, with cooking classes and wine tastings, vineyard treks and bike rides, cultural tourism or simply relaxing poolside, in the terraced garden, or in the well appointed reading room.
Commanding the high ground over forests, farm-land and vineyards, rolling gently from surrounding mountains and hills down to the Maremma coastline, this historic stronghold of the Republic of Siena has become the region’s foremost wine attraction and Italy’s Most Honored Vineyard Estate.
We invite you to tour our winery and vineyards, visit our antique glass museum, historic Balsameria, Enoteca, Tuscan Taverna, Michelin starred Ristorante and pamper yourself in the luxury of the artfully restored rooms and suites of the Castello’s Il Borgo. You will enjoy an Extraordinary Tuscan Experience.
On the gentle western slopes facing the Mediterranean of our 2900 hectare estate (7100 acres), one-third is cultivated in noble vines, and the balance in olive groves, wheat, truffles and plums, and forests filled with deer, wild boar and pheasants.
Forty million years ago, our terra lay beneath the sea. Fossilized shells nourish our vines. The soil is poor; vines grow deep. Grapes grown in our maritime soils produce wines of elegant and subtle character, unique to southern Tuscany.
Our terra, rich in clay and calcium, regulates growth and adds complexity. Stones, rounded by the Orcia and Ombrone Rivers impart distinctive minerals to our white wines. Our decades of clonal and enological research, especially focused on our red grape varieties, have been registered with the European Community and shared with all. These endeavors gave rise to the renaissance of Brunello and the creation of “Super Tuscan” wines.
Our estate-bottled wines are the consummation of decades clonal and vinification research. The fruits of our discoveries have been shared with Italian and World vintners to enhance wine as one of nature’s most cherished foods. We are dedicated to the maximum natural expression of Tuscany’s reverend Brunello as well as noble international varieties that we have crafted into innovative and single vineyard wines.
Poggio all’Oro Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva, Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, BelnerO Toscana IGT, Rosso di Montalcino DOC, ExcelsuS Sant’Antimo DOC, SummuS Sant’Antimo DOC, Cum Laude Sant’Antimo DOC, Colvecchio Toscana IGT, Tavernelle Toscana IGT,Mandrielle Toscana IGT, San Angelo Toscana IGT, Fontanelle Toscana IGT, Serena Toscana IGT, FloruS Moscadello di Montalcino DOC Vendemmia Tardiva.