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The Hotel, the two Restaurants, the Enoteca, the Balsameria and the Glass Museum.
Castello Banfi il Borgo is a multi-experience in a unique place immersed in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

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  • Val d’Orcia
  • Florence
  • Montalcino
  • Montepulciano
  • Monteriggioni
  • Pienza
  • Pisa
  • Rome
  • San Gimignano
  • Abbey of Sant’Antimo
  • Siena

Val d’Orcia

Only 27 km away from Castello Banfi, you can reach it in 34 minutes.

Florence

Only 136 km away from Castello Banfi, you can reach it in 2 hours.

Montalcino

Only 13 km away from Castello Banfi, you can reach it in 18 minutes.

Montepulciano

Only 49 km away from Castello Banfi, you can reach it in an hour.

Monteriggioni

Only 81 km away from Castello Banfi, you can reach it in an hour and 10 minutes.

Pienza

Only 36 km away from Castello Banfi, you can reach it in 45 minutes.

Pisa

Only 196 km away from Castello Banfi, you can reach it in 2 hours and 17 minutes.

Rome

Only 217 km away from Castello Banfi, you can reach it in 3 hours.

San Gimignano

Only 110 km away from Castello Banfi, you can reach it in an hour and 37 minutes.

Abbey of Sant’Antimo

Only 19 km away from Castello Banfi, you can reach it in 29 minutes.

Siena

Only 66 km away from Castello Banfi, you can reach it in an hour and 6 minutes.

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Castello Banfi is a luxury hotel in Montalcino, nearby Siena in Tuscany. A wonderful venue for your wedding and your holidays.

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Each of the ample rooms and suites is distinctly designed and original, embellished and decorated by hand, with premium fabrics and exclusive accessories which underline the inherent elegance of Il Borgo.

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Located in the shadow of the historical Castello Banfi, La Sala dei Grappoli welcomes you in an elegant and refined atmosphere.

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A classical Tuscan restaurant in the shade of our medieval castle of Poggio alle Mura.

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The Enoteca/Wine Bar recreates the atmosphere of a true Tuscan wine shop where, alongside our estate still and sparkling wines, grappa, extra virgin olive oil and Condimento Balsamico Etrusco, are available numerous local artisan food and crafts.

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26 August 2022

The best villages in Tuscany | Castello Banfi Wine Resort

During your stay at Castello Banfi, don't miss a visit to the most picturesque villages in Tuscany. Here are our recommendations.

Tuscan villages: here the ones you cannot miss

Florence, Pisa, Siena and Lucca are cities full of art and history that attract tourists from all over the world. However, art cities are not the only attractions in Tuscany. More and more Italian and foreign travellers are choosing to escape the big cities and take refuge in the tranquillity of the Tuscan villages, fairy-tale places where time seems to have come to standstill.

The number of small villages to visit in Tuscany is significant. Some villages are famous, such as Montalcino, others less known but equally charming, such as Rocca d'Orcia. They are ideal destinations for those who love to stroll on narrow streets and stone stairways and wish to admire breathtakingly landscapes at any time of the year, and for those who want to retrace the history of the Chianti and Brunello region.

The most beautiful villages to visit

Whether surrounded by hills cultivated with vineyards and olive groves, or perched by a medieval fortress, these are some of the most beautiful villages to visit in Tuscany in the vicinity of Castello Banfi Wine Resort

Montalcino

Montalcino owes its popularity to the renowned Brunello and other fine wines produced on the hills around this village, in addition to being one of the most beautiful villages in Tuscany to visit. In fact, it is a place full of charm, between extraordinary landscapes and historical monuments, but also culturally lively, not only for those who love good wine.

The main point of interest is the imposing fortress of Montalcino, a fortress that overlooks the valley below and that in summer becomes the exceptional location for the Jazz & Wine festival in Montalcino. The Cathedral of Montalcino, which houses a beautiful pipe organ, and the Palazzo dei Priori (now the town hall), with a tall, narrow tower typical of municipal architecture, are other landmarks that deserve a visit.

Sant’Angelo in Colle

A few kilometres from Montalcino one can find the medieval village of Sant'Angelo in Colle, one of the Tuscan villages to visit when travelling in this region. The village is located on a hill in the heart of the Val d'Orcia surrounded by vineyards and cultivated fields.

Tourists who cross the gates of this village will feel as if they had just stepped back in time: they will be welcomed by a large stone tower (it is what is left of the ancient city walls), explore the medieval alleys and admire the small Piazza Castello, with its churches and historical buildings, the beating heart of artistic, cultural and gastronomic tourism of this Tuscan village.

Castiglione d’Orcia

Castiglione d'Orcia offers those visiting the villages of Tuscany one of the most breathtaking views in Italy: the  Tentennano Fortress stands in its hamlet of Rocca d'Orcia, a fortress that in the past was unconquerable located along the Via Francigena and today an extraordinary panoramic viewpoint from which to admire the hills of Tuscany from above.

The village is picture-perfect with its rural houses climbing the hill around the Aldobrandesca Fortress, symbol of the feudal family that ruled these lands and now symbol of the village itself.

Santa Fiora

The village of Santa Fiora is a small jewel nestled in the Tuscan hills, surrounded by chestnut trees and crossed by the Flora River. It is an ideal destination for those who wish to experience the past and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding nature.  

Among the small villages in Tuscany to visit, Santa Fiora is an interesting combination of history and wilderness: exploring the uphill alleys allows admiring the terziere di Castello, the oldest district of the historical centre with its fortifications, or you can dedicate yourself to trekking and hiking on nearby Mount Amiata.

Castello di Poggio alle Mura, now known as “Castello Banfi”

Poggio alle Mura, in the province of Siena, is among the most characteristic villages to visit in Tuscany. Its history is ancient: ruins of a Roman villa were discovered just below the castle. Its greatest splendor dates back to the Middle Ages, thanks to its strategic location between Maremma and Val d'Orcia.

Those who visit this village in Tuscany will be fascinated by the beauty of Castello Banfi, a beautiful medieval fortress perfectly integrated into the landscape, which casts its reassuring shadow over the entire village. The castle currently houses the Museo della Bottiglia e del Vetro (The Museum of Bottles and Glass) named after J. Mariani. The museum hosts unparalleled glass finds from the Roman Age and Picasso's beautiful "The Bearer Pitcher."

Where to stay to visit Tuscan villages?

In the village of Poggio alle Mura stands Castello Banfi Wine Resort, a luxury hotel with every comfort, a perfect place to stay to visit the Tuscan villages in the surrounding area and to enjoy the region's gastronomic delicacies.

Surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, in the heart of the Banfi estate, Hotel Il Borgo offers the opportunity to stay in elegant rooms tastefully furnished in perfect Tuscan style and to relax under the shadow of Castello Banfi by swimming in the beautiful heated outdoor swimming pool or savouring a glass of Banfi wine on the panoramic terrace while admiring the beauty of this Tuscan village.

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15 August 2022

When is the grape harvest? | Castello Banfi Wine Resort

When does the grape harvest begin in Tuscany? And in the other regions of Italy? Find out more about the best period for the grape harvest.

When does grape harvest take place in Tuscany?

Tuscany is one of the most beautiful regions of Italy, not only for its cultural and culinary attractions, but also for its landscape beauty: depending on the season, you can admire always different landscapes all breathtakingly beautiful. 

One of the landscapes that attracts more and more tourists is that of the lush Tuscan hills, where the vineyards stretch out to the horizon and where the most elegant wine resorts, such as Castello Banfi Wine Resort are located. The ideal time of the year to visit Tuscany is when grape harvest takes place.

When does grape harvest take place in Tuscany?

The grape harvest in Tuscany mainly takes place in September and October.  However, the exact dates change every year because the ripening of the grapes depends on several factors that often cannot be predicted in advance. During the months before harvest, experts analyse the grapes to determine when they will reach the ideal ripeness.

In addition, not all varieties ripen at the same time: there are early varieties and late ones. Early varieties, such as those of the Chardonnay vine, are harvested in early September, and in some cases, if the weather is favorable, even in August.

On the other hand, late varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon are harvested towards the end of September and the first fifteen days of October.

Specifically because of the variety of its landscape and related climate and soil characteristics, Tuscany has grape varieties with different ripening periods. Therefore, depending on the characteristics of the vineyard, harvesting can be carried out from late August to early October.

When does harvesting take place in other regions of Italy?

Even in this case, the harvest period depends on the variety of grapes and climatic factors. In Sicily, for example, grape harvest begins in early August for those grapes that will later be used for the production of sparkling wines, while in some areas of Piedmont and Trentino-Alto Adige the harvest takes place not earlier than November.

How to know when to harvest?

Climate change, the disappearance of the mid-seasons, and sudden and often torrential rain that are more and more frequent, even in the winter months, are putting to the test vines and wine-makers.  The higher temperature can accelerate the ripening period but also change some of the aromatic and chemical characteristics of grapes and, consequently  that of the wines.

That is why, in order to understand when to harvest, it is necessary to assess on the field the degree of ripeness of the grapes. There are several elements to take into account to know whether the grapes are ripe or not, and there are mainly two:

  • colour

  • acid/sugar ratio

Colour depends on the type of vine: ripe white grapes are amber yellow (while during the ripening stage they are green), while red grapes are black when ripen (pale pink when unripe).

On the other hand, regarding the acid-sugar ratio, ripe grapes will have a higher concentration of sugar and a lower concentration of acids.

Tradition and technology to know when to harvest

A sensory grape analysis is the most traditional method for assessing the ripeness of grapes, and thus when to harvest, and it is carried out by choosing three samples of grape berries from the vineyard:

  • First, a tactile analysis is performed, squeezing the berry between the fingers to assess its consistency. The softer it is, the riper it is.

  • Subsequently, a visual analysis is carried out. As mentioned earlier, it is important to check if the colour of the berry matches expectations

  • Finally, a tasting test takes place to asses the degree of acidity and tannic intensity of the skin.

On the other hand, technology is used to assess tonal acidity and the presence of sugar. More and more large companies are integrating traditional methods of assessing grapes with analysis in specialized laboratories to make sure they catch the perfect moment to start the harvest.

Where to witness grape harvest in Tuscany?

Grape harvest is not just a simple harvest, but a true art, and this is the reason why it is truly fascinating and educational to witness it.

Staying at a wine resort, such as Castello Banfi, wandering around the estate during harvest time, it may happen that you can admire the grape harvest and enjoy a unique experience. 

Grape harvest at Castello Banfi, despite the significant extension of the vineyards, is carried out partly by hand and partly by machine. The harvest of Sangiovese, a late variety of vine compared to others, yet unique and exclusive for producing Brunello di Montalcino, takes place roughly around the last week of September. Therefore, September is the ideal month if you wish to witness the grape harvest that takes place in Tuscany and stay at Castello Banfi.

 

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02 August 2022

Tuscan hills in a resort | Castello Banfi Wine Resort

The magic of a castle and the authenticity of a Fram house: discover Castello Banfi's packages and enjoy a unique experience of wine and relaxation.

Castello Banfi: a resort  on the Tuscan hills

Tuscany is one of the most sought-after tourist destinations for Italian and foreign tourists, especially for those who are looking for a relaxing weekend away from city stress or who wish to experience a vacation in touch with nature without giving up on comfort and good food. The ideal way to explore the land of Brunello and Chianti is to look for a resort nestled in the Tuscan hills.       

Tuscan hills and resorts

The Tuscan hills are one of the symbols of this region, not only because the landscape is predominantly hilly, but also because of the synergy created over the centuries between people and land. When one thinks about the Tuscan hills, the first image that comes to mind is not that of uncultivated and wild nature, but that of neat rows of vines, fragrant groves of olive trees, cultivated fields and small villages, in a perfect combination of natural and man-made landscapes. 

And, among the beautiful sceneries of the Tuscan hills are farm holidays and resorts, excellent accommodation facilities that are perfectly integrated into the landscape that can enhance it even more. One of such examples is Castello Banfi Wine Resort, an accommodation facility in the Tuscan hills located in the village of Poggio alle Mura.

Castello Banfi Wine Resort     

Staying at Castello Banfi Wine Resort means experiencing the magic of a castle without giving up on the authenticity of Tuscany: waking up every day in an enchanting medieval village, strolling through vineyards and olive groves, delighting the palate with good wine and traditional food, and enjoying Tuscan hospitality.

The magic of a castle

Castello Banfi Wine Resort is a charming fortress built between the ninth and thirteenth centuries over an ancient Roman villa, in a privileged location between Siena and the Maremma. Tourists looking for a resort on the Tuscan hills cannot fail to admire this imposing and elegant silhouette towering over the green hills and cultivated fields, charming and fascinating like a fairy-tale castle.

And the atmosphere that tourists breathe here is exactly that of a fairy tale, which makes this castle the ideal destination for those looking for a romantic vacation in Tuscany. Castello Banfi Wine Resort offers the possibility to stay in the beautiful Hotel Il Borgo, a refined and exclusive property with wonderful rooms and suites furnished in Tuscan style and equipped with all comforts.

The old cellars of the castle host La Tavernarestaurant, a characteristic restaurant where tourists can breathe an atmosphere of the past and taste the typical dishes of the Tuscan tradition made even more authentic and delicious by the use of fresh and genuine ingredients grown right on the Tuscan hills. 

Below the shadow of the castle one can find the elegant and award winning Restaurant La Sala dei Grappoli where the authenticity of old-fashioned flavours meet the creativity and genius of our Chef, and where tourists can pamper themselves with a truly unique culinary experience.

Many wonderful outdoor activities

Castello Banfi Wine Resort has also an "adventurous" and lively side: there are many sports activities to enjoy while staying at this resort in the Tuscan hills, and they are suitable for everyone. Those who love to be in close contact with nature cannot miss the beautiful horseback rides or mountain bike tours in Val d'Orcia, while those looking for relaxation near the castle can take advantage of the various massages that can be booked at the resort. 

Golf is also one of the activities that can be enjoyed in the area: for our guests, we personally take care of arranging a day or half-day at one of the golf courses in the surrounding area, taking care of the booking and planning, and leaving only the fun to the guests.

Castello Banfi Special Vacation Packages

To enjoy the magic of the place and the authenticity of the land, Castello Banfi Wine Resort has created an Escape to Tuscany special vacation package for all couples who wish to treat themselves to a romantic stay in a resort on the hills of Tuscany, enjoying relaxation, good wine and traditional cuisine.

"Escape to Tuscany" vacation package: what does it include?

The "Escape to Tuscany" vacation package includes, in addition to a stay in one of Hotel Il Borgo's beautiful rooms (three half-bottles of Banfi wines in the room are available to guests), a rich breakfast and our Chef’s tasting menu dinner at the award-winning La Sala dei Grappoli restaurant.

It will be possible to visit our wine cellar and exclusive Balsameria (the cellar where balsamic vinegar is aged), with a final tasting of the best wines, carefully selected for you.

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29 July 2022

Glass production: history, curiosities | Castello Banfi Wine Resort

When talking about wine, there is no way one can ignore the objects used to contain it, and specifically bottles and glasses. In some cases, even, when talking about a good wine, it is referred to as a “good bottle”, while there is a genuine classification for glasses and goblets, since each wine deserves its own type to bring out its full range of characteristics. 

We have come a long way to get to the production of glass goblets such as the ones we use today. Although glass has been used since ancient times, it was only in Imperial Rome that it was systematically used to make glasses and bottles.

If you want to see some evidence of this lengthy creative process and craftsmanship, there is no better place than the  Bottle and Glass Museum. Located at Castello Banfi Wine Resort, this museum, which is named after G. F. Mariani, contains ancient artefacts and pieces of modern art that show the different stages in glass-making history.

A brief history of glass

Humankind has been able to work glass since the third millennium BCE: in Mesopotamia, glass paste was used for decorative purposes, while from the 7th-6th centuries BCE, the Greek and Phoenician civilisations began to make jars for perfumes and unguents as well as glass jewellery.

As already mentioned, there was a genuine glass-making industry in place during the Roman period, around the first century CE, when artisans began to use glass-blowing techniques (imported from the Middle East) to make items that were more similar to those we use today, such as glasses, bottles, lanterns, and in some rare cases, windows.

Italy’s golden period of glass-making came in the Middle Ages, when glass was used to make the magnificent coloured windows we see today in churches and cathedrals all over Europe, and when the master craftsmen of Murano withdrew to their island to jealously guard the secrets of their glass-making techniques.

Glass-making in stages

What is glass made of? What are the basic substances in this material? Glass is an amorphous solid, which means it has a random crystalline lattice arrangement and it is created through the solidification of a liquid without successive crystallisation process. In the majority of cases, glass paste is made from silicon oxide (SiO2), a material with a very slow crystallisation speed and a relatively high melting point (1800 °C).

Due to the high energy costs of keeping furnaces at this temperature, it is preferable to make glass from other recycled glass, which has a lower melting temperature.

Glass-making in stages

Glass making has different stages. The first stage is the preparation of the materials:  silica sand is sifted and dried (and if necessary, mixed with other chemicals, according to the required finish) while, in the case of recycled glass, it is necessary to separate the secondary substances.

The next stage is melting, which takes place in furnaces at controlled temperatures of around 1600°C. The mix of glass is then cut and placed in moulds. 

The third stage is forming, when the glass takes on its required shape, such as that of a bottle. The vitrified paste is placed in a mould and it adheres to the sides, taking shape thanks to a pressing action.  The glass is then blown to give it its final shape and empty space on the inside.

Bottle and Glass Museum

The ideal place in which to immerse yourself in the history of glass is, as we mentioned, the Bottle and Glass Museum at Castello Banfi Wine Resort.

The collections in this museum are among the world’s richest, because they encompass various centuries of history, starting with the Roman rooms and on to the glass masterpieces of Picasso, passing via the fascinating glass pieces from Venice.

The five rooms have been carefully studied to offer a charming, immersive experience to visitors, not only because they will be in the exceptional location of the stalls and the old mill of a mediaeval fortress, but also because they can follow the evolution of the wine glass in the very area in which the world’s finest wine is made: the Tuscan hillsides, in the area of Montalcino.

Museum artefacts

The Roman collection includes artefacts in vitreous paste from the 5th and 4th centuries BCE, jars and containers in blow glass for balms and unguents from the 1st and 2nd centuries CE, and bottles and carafes in blown glass from the 4th and 5th centuries CE. This is one of the most fascinating and extensive collections, brought back to its ancient splendour thanks to restoration work carried out by the Laboratorio del Vetro di San Giovanno Valdarno in Arezzo.

The collection of Venetian glass and glass from Murano has been added to over the last few years with two masterpieces acquired by the Fondazione Banfi: a “reticello” bowl from the 16th century, and a large display glass with enamelled brass elements. 

Lastly, the modern pieces in glass include a stunning “Portatrice” by Pablo Picasso, a unique piece that shows the multifaceted talent of this artist.

H3: Museum Info

The Museum is open all year round, so if you are holidaying in or around Montalcino, you can always come and visit to satisfy your curiosity about the history of glass-making. From 9 March to 12 November, the rooms are open to the public from 10.00 to 19.30, while from 12 November to 9 March, they are open from 10.00 to 18.00.

Tickets are available from Enoteca Banfi at a price of 4 euro and concessions are available.

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20 July 2022

Wine tour Tuscany: how to do it? | Castello Banfi Wine Resort

How to organise a wine tasting tour in Tuscany? Here are all the tips: how it works, where to go and for how many days.

Wine tours in Tuscany: how they work and how to organise one

Until a few years ago, this was still considered a niche activity, reserved to experts and connoisseurs, whereas now, it is popular with simple wine lovers. We are talking about wine tours in Tuscany.

More and more Italian and foreign tourists are choosing to set off on wine tasting tours in Tuscany, land of Brunello and Chianti, as well as of some of Italy's most important winegrowers. A wine tour is an experience to be tried at least once in your lifetime. It is immersive, educational, and offers the opportunity not only to taste fine wines, but also to learn a great deal about them and how they are made, from vineyard to bottle. 

Wine tours in Tuscany: how they work

What should you expect from a wine tour in Tuscany? It is the type of experience that can be planned for a single day, a weekend or even several weeks, according to the area chosen and the number of wineries you want to visit. Even if the reservations can be managed independently or through a travel agent, this experience is always tasked to the cellar that will be hosting you each time.

Visiting the vineyards

One of the most charming parts of the tour is doubtless a visit to the vineyards, where those at work will show you the different types and varieties of grape, the growing techniques, and the history of the area which, in the case of Tuscany, is also interwoven with Italian art and literature. As you look at the rows of vines and the ripe bunches of grapes, you can feast your eyes on this beautiful region, the magic of the ripening grapes and the spectacular sight of the hills and mediaeval villages before you.

Visiting the wineries

The next step is a visit to the  cellar, the nerve centre of every winery, where the production processes take place and where, the treasured bottles of historic vintages are to be found. This is where the guide will explain how each wine is made, from the fermenting process to ageing, showing you how modern technologies are always combined with traditional, historic methods. This part of a wine tour in Tuscany is certainly the most educational and fascinating; a unique experience and opportunity to admire the secrets of the winery close up.

Wine tasting

Finally, the part that all lovers of fine wine are waiting for; the actual tasting. According to the package or  menu chosen, the winery will offer a selection of wines for tasting, served in the most suitable glasses, while a sommelier will take you through the tasting process  from eyes, to nose, and mouth. In many cases, wine tasting is combined with the opportunity to sample local speciality foods.

Wine Tours in Tuscany: simple rules for organising

Here is some advice about organising a wine tour in Tuscany. 

Choose the time of year

The choice of time period for organising a wine tasting tour in Tuscany is a very important one, not just because in different periods you can admire the scenery in different seasons, but also because the activities available during your visit are subject to change. September is doubtless the ideal month, because you can be present at the harvest - and sometimes, even take part- while summer is recommended for admiring the grapes as they reach peak maturity. The winter months are less to be recommended, since some wineries may be closed or operating at reduced hours.

Visit few wineries at a time

If your tour is to be a short one, we recommend not trying to visit as many as possible: choose just a few, but of good quality. A few, carefully selected wineries, and only one or at most, two per day. This is because each winery has its own story to tell and marvels to show you, and it is only fair that you enjoy the experience without rushing.

Private car or car with driver

If you don’t have your own vehicle, and if you want to enjoy a wine tour to the full, then we advise hiring a private driver who can accompany you from one winery to the next, if you intend to visit more than one, or who can drive you in the morning and return to collect you at the end of your visit.

Wine tasting tour in Tuscany at Castello Banfi Wine Resort

Castello Banfi Wine Resort organises wine tours in Tuscany for all wine enthusiasts, with different types of guided visit and wine tasting menus able to satisfy even the most discerning palate, for a magical experience in the shade of the old  Castello Banfi di Poggio alle mura, on the Banfi estate.

Guided winery visits

 Guided visits to the Banfi winery are available in the morning and afternoon. In the morning, the tour that begins at 11am also includes lunch, with a choice of  three- or four-course tasting menu (paired with selected wines). The afternoon tour includes a tasting of four wines.

As well as these proposals, it is also possible to book a two-hour private wine tour which, as well as the visit to the  vineyards and winery, adds a visit to the Balsameria and lunch at the La Taverna restaurant.

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