Photo by Graeme Maclean
In the late 1970s, two Italian American brothers joined forces with a noted Italian enologist to create a label that would eventually help elevate the perception of Italian wine throughout the world. Banfi now owns vineyards in multiple locations, but the heart of the operation is at the Castello complex, where you’ll find a hotel, vineyards, a restaurant and enoteca, a Museum of Wine and The Bottle, a balsameria (where balsamic vinegar is produced), and—about three miles down the road from the main hub—a state-of-the-art winery that’s open to visitors. The one-hour guided tours take you through the facility, explaining more about the label’s history and the winemaking process; tastings of the full range can be enjoyed back at the enoteca (for a fee), while rustic dishes are paired nicely with the vintages at the Taverna. Tours are available Monday to Friday, and times vary depending on the season—so it’s best to call ahead or make a reservation.
By Sandra Ramani, AFAR Contributor
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Castello di Poggio alle Mura, 53024 Montalcino SI, Italy
+39 0577 877700
Sun - Sat 10am - 7pm