The Pursuit of Excellence at Castello Banfi has inspired research for more natural wine. Several of Europe’s foremost enologists joined the president of The World and The Italian Enological Societies at Castello Banfi to pioneer technology to reduce sulfites, eliminate histamines and errant enzymes, perfect vineyard improvements, develop nitrogen bottling and filter-free wines for enhanced complexity and elegance.
The family has intrinsically tied itself to the territory of Montalcino and now beyond to Strevi, Piedmont. When John Mariani Jr., family proprietor and now Chairman Emeritus of Banfi, inaugurated Castello Banfi winery in 1984, he declared, “It is our fondest desire that this project will be good for the people of Montalcino, good for Italy, good for America, good for all people who love fine wine.”
Staying true to these words, Castello Banfi has become one of the world’s most unique research vineyard estates, with decades of clonal research, soil and hydration studies, nitrogen bottle pioneering, research into different French oaks, and pioneering fermentation in temperature controlled French oak. Findings from these studies have been generously shared with the wine-making community at large.
Additionally, Castello Banfi is the first winery in the world to be awarded international recognition for exceptional environmental, ethical and social responsibility (ISO 14001 and SA8000) as well as an international leader in customer satisfaction (ISO 9001:2000).
This commitment to improving the standards in the vineyard and at the winery has enabled Castello Banfi to produce world-class wines that deliver a consistent experience to consumers at exceptional values – from its Brunello di Montalcino (Best in Class Italian at the Winemaker Challenge) to its everyday value wine Centine (Gold Medal winner).
For more information on the Winemaker Challenge and a complete list of award winners, visit www.winemakerchallenge.com/.
Rebecca fell in love with wine — Castello Banfi Brunello in particular — on a cliché semester abroad in Italy. A Texas native, she has traveled to wine regions throughout France, as well as to Portugal, South Africa, and across the U.S. In addition to earning a BA from Duke University (Go Blue Devils!) and an MBA from Columbia Business School, Rebecca holds an Advanced with Merit certification from the WSET and was a founding contributor of the popular wine industry blog Terroirist.