An Italian winemaking legend
Castello Banfi is the largest and most successful estate in Montalcino and the whole region owes it a debt of gratitude.
If it wasn't for Castello Banfi, things may have worked out very differently in Italy.
When the Mariani family bought the estate back in the 1970s, Brunello was not the all-conquering Tuscan superstar that we know today. Back then it was a sleeping giant.
The family knew world-class wine could be made in Montalcino. All it took was a little knowledge.
The Marianis revolutionised winemaking in this part of Italy with their research into varieties and soil types. Their perserverance paid off. For a true taste of Tuscany, Castello Banfi is your best bet.
Championing the cause are Banfi's top two cuvees: the single-vineyard Reserve Poggio all'Oro and the unfiltered cru Poggio alle Mura. Both are immense wines with a formidable reputation.