It’s 3,000ha estate, with one-third devoted to vines, has the Castello at the centre of the estate, and was historically known as Poggio alle Mura, meaning walled hilltop. They produce premium wines using state-of-the-art research and working practices combined with a profound respect for the land and people from which they come.
Banfi has vineyards in Tuscany (Montalcino, Bolgheri and Chianti Classico) and Piedmont. Montalcino is their principal estate and lies at the confluence of the Orcia and Ombrone rivers on the southern slopes of the township facing the Mediterranean. Here conditions are ideal with a variety of soils and well-exposed vineyards benefit from plenty of sunshine and breezes. These factors make the area ideal for grape cultivation including the native Sangiovese and Moscadella varieties with a selection of red and white international varieties.
Winemaking at Castello Banfi aims to fulfil the promise of the grapes and retain the character of the land. Traditional methods are combined with state-of-the-art technology and innovation.
The process begins with hand harvesting for the red grapes, followed by hand sorting down to individual berry level to ensure only perfectly healthy fruit finds its way into the finished wines. White grapes are harvested by machine to ensure they can be brought in quickly. More than 7,000 customised barriques and large oak barrels lie in Banfi’s cellars and the wines are bottled without filtration and under nitrogen which reduces the need to add sulphites at bottling and results in purer more expressive wines.
From their water management to producing electricity solely from renewable sources, Castello Banfi’s list of endeavours to protect the environment reads like textbook estate management, resulting in the fact that they were the first winery in the world to be awarded international recognition for exceptional environmental, ethical and social responsibility as well as being highlighted as an international leader in customer satisfaction.
Producing both reds and whites in a variety of styles and price points from indigenous Italian grape varieties as well as international favourites, Italian wine lovers will be spoilt for choice.
A few of our favourites from Castello Banfi’s stunning lineup are:
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