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Castello Banfi Winery Named Winery Of The Year, SummuS Sweeps At Winemaker Challenge

Castello Banfi castle in Tuscany, Italy and a bottle of SummuS super Tuscan red wine from Italy


Castello Banfi was named “Foreign Winery of the Year,” SummuS earned “Wine of the Year,” “Best of Show,” and “Best of Tuscany” honors, and a slew of Banfi wines captured medals at the 10th annual Winemaker Challenge, held in San Diego, California from January 19-20, 2019.

From competition director Robert Whitley:

Banfi was equally impressive capturing the honors for best foreign winery … Its crowning achievement was the 2015 SummuS, a red “Super Tuscan” blend that tied the 2015 Ledson Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ($150) for Wine of the Year. Each wine was awarded a score of 98 points.

The SummuS continues a strong run for Banfi, which was the Wine Talk 2018 foreign Wine of the Year. Banfi earned 11 medals, including one platinum, six golds and one silver.

Following is a full list of all the wines awarded medals by the judges of the 2019 Winemaker Challenge:

2019 Directors Awards – Best of Show

Wine of the Year, Imported
Castello Banfi 2015 SummuS

Winery of the Year, Foreign

Castello Banfi, Tuscany, Italy

Best of Show Red Wine
Castello Banfi 2015 SummuS

Best of Show Rose Wine

Love Story 2017 Rose

Best of Tuscany
Castello Banfi 2015 SummuS

Medal Winners

Albinea Canali
NV Pennarossa Colli di Scandiano e di Canossa DOC Silver

Banfi Tuscany
2015 Fonte Alla Selva Chianti Classico DOCG Gold 92 points
2014 Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Gold 91 points
2016 Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Silver
2016 Chianti Superiore Chianti DOCG Silver

Banfi Piemonte

2017 L’Altra anima Barbera d’Asti DOCG Gold 90 points
2014 L’Ardi Dolcetto d’Acqui DOC Silver

Castello Banfi

2015 SummuS Toscana IGT Platinum 98 points
2011 Poggio Alla Mura Riserva Brunello Di Montalcino DOCG Gold 93 points
2016 Rosso di Montalcino Rosso di Montalcino DOC Gold 92 points
2014 BelnerO Toscana IGT Gold 91 points
2017 Fontanelle Chardonnay Toscana IGT Silver

NV Rose Dolce Emilia IGT Silver

2012 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOC Gold 90 points

NV Ambra Secco Marsala Marsala DOP, Italy Gold 91 points

Love Story
2017 Rose Veneto IGT. Italy Gold 93 points
2015 Pinot Noir delle Venezie IGT. Italy Silver
2017 Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie DOC Italy Silver

NV Prosecco Brut Treviso Prosecco DOC Silver
NV Prosecco Extra Dry Prosecco DOC Silver
NV Organic Prosecco Prosecco DOC Silver
NV Sparkling Rose Italy Silver

2017 Carmenere Chile Silver

NV Sangria Italy Silver
NV Lambrusco Emilia IGT Silver
NV Peach Moscato Italy Silver

2013 L’Appassione Rosso delle Venezie IGT Silver


Original Ginger England Silver


2013 Rioja-Tempranillo Rioja DOCa Silver
2017 Rose Cuvee Coteaux Varois en Provence AOC Silver

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