Castello Banfi in Montalcino
The Castello Banfi estate in Montalcino, in the province of Siena, is almost 3,000 hectares, including 850 hectares of vineyards. While Sangiovese and Moscadello are certainly the stars here, the conditions are also ideal to grow Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, and Merlot.
Founded by Italian-American brothers John and Harry Mariani, the Montalcino company has been in the winemaking business for over thirty years. In its effort to uphold the best of quality standards, it has embarked on the “Horizon” project, which revolves around 24 composite fermentation tanks in which the synergy between steel and wood has yielded incredible results.
In addition to this, in the past few years 14 deluxe rooms – 5 of which are suites – have welcomed guests stopping at the “Castello Banfi-Il Borgo” to taste the excellent local food and wine, and to visit this wonderful area. A “must-see” is the “Giovanni F. Mariani” Wine and Glass Museum, which showcases, among many other things, rare glass items from the time of the Roman Empire.