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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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  • 11 July 2022

    Wine resort in Tuscany: the best one| Castello Banfi Wine Resort

    What features should a wine resort have for an unforgettable experience among Tuscan hills and wines? All the advantages of the Castello Banfi Wine Resort.

    Choose the best wine resorts in Tuscany

    If you are looking for a relaxing holiday, with good food, and views of the Tuscan hills, then a wine resort is the perfect choice. Staying in a wine resort in Tuscany means immersing yourself in the beauty of unparalleled views, surrounded by the fragrance of ripening grapes and fairytale castles, where you can enjoy the area’s finest wines. 

    The wine resort phenomenon is a relative newcomer to Italy and it represents an exclusive type of holiday. In just a few years, the number of wine resorts in Tuscany and the rest of Italy is destined to grow. In Tuscany alone there are 65 such facilities that can be classified as wine resorts. Of course, we are talking about the land of Chianti and Brunello, an area where there is no shortage of fine wine, hospitality and stunning views.

    What is a wine resort?​

    But what is a wine resort? For wine lovers it is a place in which to explore the area where the finest labels are made, face to face with the people who work there, enjoying tastings of the highest level, surrounded by nature. For lovers of relaxation, it is a little corner of heaven in the hills, where they can be pampered and spoilt as they sip on a fine wine, maybe from the comfort of a spa pool. For couples it is the ideal location for special events, dining from a menu of typical local specialities and fine wines, in a fairytale setting of castles and mediaeval villages. 

    There are three main characteristics that every wine resort needs to have: hospitality, stunning views and of course, great wine.

    Wine resorts: the characteristics​

    A wine resort is generally run by medium-large wineries that can offer tourists the possibility to stay in historic homes, old castles or converted mills, as well as to taste typical products and to enjoy guided tours of the wineries and vineyards.

    Attention to detail is one of the characteristics needed by a wine resort: the traditional old buildings are renovated and furnished taking care to preserve their ancient splendour, but they can still offer all the comforts of a modern luxury hotel. There is no shortage of wine resorts with wellness centre, spa, gym, pool and everything you need for a splendid, relaxing stay. It is no coincidence that many resorts in Tuscany are chosen as locations for events and weddings.

    Another essential characteristic that separates a wine resort from its more “traditional” cousin in the Tuscan hills, is the unavoidable link with wine. A holiday in a facility of this type is also an immersion into the world of wine and its production: in some periods of the year, it is also possible to take part in the harvest, as well as to visit the wineries which often still contain the traditional tools, a priceless heritage from both a cultural and historic point of view.

    As well as fine wine, we should not forget great food. A stay at a wine resort in Tuscany is an experience for all the senses: many wine resorts also offer Slow Food where you can enjoy the typical dishes of the region, prepared by top chefs, according to tradition and using local produce.

    Finally, the views: the beauty of the land of Chianti and Brunello simply speaks for itself, with its sunny hills with their rows and rows of vines, under a bright blue sky, accompanied by the smell of ripe grapes and dotted with villages and castles.

    Hotel Castello Banfi Il Borgo, one of Tuscany’s best wine resorts​

    Out of the best wine resorts in Tuscany we find Castello Banfi Wine Resort, created inside the walls of an old mediaeval castle, surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and hills, in the stunning setting of Castello di Poggio alle Mura. This facility, which is part of the Banfi, winery has all of the characteristics needed by an excellent wine resort: hospitality, great wine, and stunning views.

    The rooms at Hotel Castello Banfi Il Borgo, furnished by famous interior designer, Federico Forquet, have every comfort and stand out for the attention to detail, fine fabrics and decorations added by hand. Shared spaces, such as the elegant Reading Room overlooking the castle courtyard or the modern wellness centre, have been designed to pamper our guests in every way.  La Sala dei Grappoli, the wine resort’s restaurant is a super-elegant dining room in the shadow of the historic Castello Banfi, and it serves excellent local dishes and traditional Tuscan specialities, with a seasonal tasting menu designed specifically to make the best use of typical regional produce, accompanied by the finest selection of Banfi wines.

    Lastly, and it could not be otherwise, seeing that this is one of Tuscany’s best wine resorts, Castello Banfi Wine Resort offers guests the opportunity to visit the Enoteca, an elegant traditional Tuscan shop selling Banfi’s finest labels but also artisanal products and fine foods from the area.

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  • 30 June 2022

    Palio Siena 2022: dates and info | Castello Banfi Wine Resort

    When is the Palio di Siena 2022? Here is all the useful information on dates, programme and other useful tips on where to eat and sleep.

    Palio di Siena 2022: dates, programme and useful information

     

    After a two-year wait, due to the limits imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the people of Siena and anyone else who loves this historic sporting event can finally rejoice: it's time for the Palio di Siena 2022. 

    The first palio of the year, the one known as the Palio della Madonna di Provenzano, held on 2 July has not long finished and already our thoughts are on the August event, the Palio della Madonna Assunta.

     

    Palio di Siena: August dates

    This event, which attracts hundreds of tourists from all over Italy and the rest of the world, as well as involving all the inhabitants of Siena's quarters or Contrade, is being held in Piazza del Campo on 16 August 2022.

    If you are wondering when the next Palio di Siena will be, then you should know that the date of the race is actually August 16th, but on the four days running up to the race itself, you can enjoy a series of events linked to the Palio, and these form the historic and cultural heart of the race. Therefore, the entire event lasts from August 13th - 16th 2022.

    Ticket prices and times for the Palio di Siena​

    There is no charge to watch the Palio di Siena; the event is free for those who want to experience the thrill of being up close to the horses as they race, or who want to savour the sparkling competitive spirit of the Sienese and enjoy the event like a proper local.

    The important thing is to find a place before the access points are closed, generally about 4:00 pm, when the race track itself is cleared. Taking into account the times for the Palio di Siena and the fact that the horses set off after 7:00 pm, it is quite a long wait, but always well worth it. The important thing is to come prepared, which means a hat to shade you from the sun, and some bottles of water.

    Alternatively, if you want to see the race from above, looking out from the balcony of one of the characteristic palazzos overlooking Piazza del Campo, or comfortably seated in one of the bars surrounding the piazza, then we recommend contacting the bar management or the owners of the palazzos directly.

    There is no official ticket office, which is why there is no way to find out the cost of a ticket for the Palio di Siena in advance. The same can be said about the stands set up on the outskirts of the piazza. This perfect compromise between comfort and the spirit of the contradaiolo is only available by asking about and hoping that there is an available place. The price for this type of ticket for the Palio di Siena starts from about €60.

    Some tips for attending the Palio di Siena​

    According to the new rules, in force since 2017, children under the age of 12 cannot enter Piazza del Campo on the day of the Palio. Therefore, it you want to attend the event with the whole family, then it is a good idea to reserve a place in the stands. The website ilpalio.org, authorised by the Consorzio per la Tutela del Palio di Siena, the consortium that protects the Palio, makes its own official email available (siena.@ilpalio.org) to help tourists to find the right place from which to watch the event.

    If you want to spend a few days in  Siena so that you can enjoy all the events dedicated to the Palio, or you want to spend some time in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, then an interesting solution for overnight accommodation comes from Hotel Il Borgo, located in an old stone village near Montalcino and just an hour away from Siena. At the Castello Banfi Wine Resort you can also enjoy the best of Italian and Mediterranean cuisine in our ristorante La Sala dei Grappoli with its sophisticated menu and selected wines from Banfi.

    The Contrade at the Palio di Siena in August 2022​

    Sunday 10 July, a few days after the Palio that saw the Dragon Contrada win the race, the three contrade that will join the other seven with the right to race on 16 August. Here are the contrade taking part in the Palio di Siena on August 16th:

    Tartuca, Lupa, Giraffa, Civetta, Leocorno, Nicchio, Valdimontone, Onda, Selva, Chiocciola

    Palio di Siena 2022: programme

    The Palio di Siena is more than a simple sporting event or historical re-enactment. It is an authentic celebration that involves the whole city of Siena over several days, with a sporting and cultural programme entirely dedicated to the city itself. The contradaioli (people from each Contrada) prepare for the Palio all year round, living it on a daily basis, but if you choose to visit Siena during the Palio, you will certainly not feel left out: the passion of the contradaioli, their enthusiasm for the race and their competitive spirit, together with an atmosphere of days gone by make staying in the city an even more magical, compelling event.

    The “Tratta”

    The August Palio starts on August 13th, with the so-called Tratta, when the 10 horses are chosen to take run in the final race. The horses are taken through their paces in Piazza del Campo, and the most suitable are then selected (there are usually at least thirty horses taking part).

    The most awaited moment of the day is the assignment of the horses. Contrade and riders are then put together by draw, and for a tourist who is seeing the Palio di Siena for the first time, this must be one of the most exciting moments of the whole event. In the afternoon, it is time for the First Trial, which takes place around 7:15pm.

    General Trial Dinner​

    The second and third days are entirely dedicated to the trials, while the evening before the race, which is August 15th, there is a mounted charge by the Siena’s Carabinieri and the General Rehearsal Dinner, held by each individual contrada. This event, which is quite like the feasts held in Mediaeval times is also open to tourists and non-contradaioli, but it is necessary to book in advance and to remember that the whole event is managed individually by each of the contrade.

    Race and other events ​ 

    On August 16th, the day of the race itself, the Palio di Siena programme has even more events: from the Messa del Fantino, the riders’ mass, celebrated by the Archbishop in the chapel alongside the Palazzo Comunale, to the final trial, known as the Provaccia, and then the blessing of both horse and rider, concluding with the fabulous historic parade (start: 3:50 pm from Piazza del Duomo) and finally, the thrill of the race (7:15 pm).

    The prize-giving to the winning Contrada takes place straight after the race, with the handing over of the Drappellone, the painted silk hanging, which is first taken to the Cathedral for a “Te deum” of thanks, and then to the Contrada. This year, the Drappellone is the work of artist Andrea Anastasio

     

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  • 20 June 2022

    Jazz & Wine in Montalcino 2022: info | Castello Banfi Wine Resort

    Jazz & Wine in Montalcino is back. Discover all the useful information on dates, programme events and tips on where to eat and stay during the event.

    Jazz & Wine in Montalcino 2022: dates, events and useful information

    The Montalcino nights will once again ring out with the hot, passionate sounds of jazz, accompanied by fine wines to tickle your taste buds while the music delights your ears: we’re talking about Jazz & Wine in Montalcino, the summer Festival eagerly awaited by lovers of good wine and great music.

    The event, now in its 25th edition, is being held from 19 - 24 July, when the thrilling setting of Castello Banfi and Fortezza di Montalcino will be hosting artists from the international music scene, such as Jacques Morelenbaum, Ron Carter and Mario Biondi.

    This year’s artistic director is Eugenio Rubei, following in the footsteps of his brother, Paolo, previous artistic director who recently passed away. The Rubei family, from the Alexanderplatz Jazz Club in Rome, together with the Municipality of Montalcino and Castello Banfi. Banfi has always promoted good music, culture and talent, and this year it has decided to give enthusiasts an unforgettable experience under the stars, with jazz music in all its many facets.

    Jazz & Wine in Montalcino 2022: il program

    Just like every year, Jazz & Wine in Montalcino has a truly exceptional program, with seven evenings dedicated to music and fine wine.

    Opening concert at Castello Banfi Wine Resort – 19 July

    The Festival begins on 19 July with a performance by famous cellist Jacques Morelenbaum, accompanied by guitarist Lula Galvão, drummer Rafael Barata and vocalist Paula Morelenbaum. The unique setting for this performance with a Brazilian rhythm is the historic Castello di Poggio alle Mura, now better known as Castello Banfi, which, from 9:45pm, will be transformed into the perfect stage for Jazz & Wine in Montalcino 2022.

    Concerts in Fortezza (Montalcino) – from July 20th

    On 20 July the concerts will be moving to Fortezza a Montalcino, a place with great evocative power and historic beauty, which will captivate music lovers before they even hear the first notes. First on stage is jazz legend Ron Carter, accompanied by Jimmy Greene on sax, Renee Rosnes on the piano and Payton Crossley on drums.

    On 21 July is the grand première of the Orchestra Nazionale Alexanderplatz, created thanks to the hard work and passion of Eugenio Rubei and conducted by Maestro Franco Piana.

    On 22 July, the Fortezza will be hosting one of the most long-awaited guests of Jazz & Wine in Montalcino 2022: French artiste Richard Galliano, the genius who revolutionised jazz with his accordion, who has decided to celebrate his 50 years in music in the stunning setting of the Festival of Montalcino.

    23 July will see the performance of an extraordinary jazz trio consisting of John Patitucci (bass), Rogerio Boccato (drums) and Yotam Silberstein (guitar), to give jazz fans a Saturday evening that’s all about a magical performance of Brazilian rhythm. 

    Finally, on 24 July there will be an important tribute to Paolo Rubei by one of his dearest friends and colleagues, Mario Biondi, who, together with the Daniele Sannapieco 5et quintet will close this edition of Jazz & Wine in Montalcino with a magical mix of jazz and soul: an evening truly not to be missed.

    The program for Jazz & Wine in Montalcino 2022 has a great deal to offer in terms of extraordinarily talented international artists, who will delight enthusiasts with their art and music. Ticket prices vary from 15 to 25 euro according to the chosen evening, and they can be purchased directly from the Vivaticket circuit.

    Jazz & Wine in Montalcino: where to eat and stay

    During Jazz & Wine in Montalcino, the wine is equally as important as the music: the event offers all enthusiasts the possibility to savour the best in Tuscan wines, to find out more about the traditional wineries, and to visit the areas where the sun kisses the land to create authentic masterpieces in a bottle.

    This is why your programme simply must include gastro tours and time to relax in the stunning Tuscan hills. The ideal place to stay during Jazz & Wine in Montalcino is the Castello Banfi Wine Resort , the backdrop for the festival’s first concert: the exclusive Hotel Il Borgo, in its timeless setting, with mediaeval towers and centuries-old trees is ready to accommodate lovers of fine wine and music with the same courtesy and professionalism as always. 

    During the Jazz & Wine in Montalcino, you can visit the Castello Banfi Wine Resort, enjoy long rides on horseback, tempt your palate with a  visit to the Banfi wine cellars, and enjoy traditional Tuscan cuisine at  La Taverna or you can also enjoy the extraordinary experience of dishes by Michelin-star Chef Domenico Francone at Sala dei Grappoli, or relax with a wonderful professional massage. All of these activities are the perfect way to rediscover your inner peace and recharge your batteries before becoming fully immersed in the musical experience of Jazz & Wine in Montalcino.

     

     

     

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  • 27 November 2019

    Boutique Hotel Il Borgo, which is among the 9 luxurious castle hotels in Italy selected by Megan Murphy for Fodor's Travel.

    Fodor's Travel was born 80 years ago to offer expert travel advices for every stage of a traveler's trip. Today, they deliver their expertise in many different formats, such as print guidebooks, eBooks, website, mobile apps as well as across their social media platforms.

    you can read the full news here

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  • 15 November 2019

    Castello Banfi becomes part of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux circuit

    From today, Castello Banfi is officially among the 9 new associated, from all over the world, who have joined the prestigious Relais & Château circuit, the Association that brings together hotels and luxury restaurants. Relais & Châteaux, established in 1954, is an association of 580 unique hotels and restaurants throughout the world, owned and operated by independent entrepreneurs –most often families –who are passionate about their craft and deeply committed to forging warm, lasting relationships with their guests. The Italian Houses of the Association that have their own wine production that collects and returns the history, the passion and the culture of the region that hosts them, with the entrance of Castello Banfi they have become eight in total.

     “With its restaurants, the Enoteca and the Balsameria, the Borgo offers to the guests the opportunity of a fully involvement in the Tuscan wine and food traditions. At Relais & Châteaux we found a network of families and entrepreneurs driven by our own love for the land, by the desire to tell it and share it with guests "- comments Cristina Mariani-May, CEO & Owner.

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  • 16 July 2019

    Castello Banfi il Borgo in the top 10 resort hotels in Italy for the Travel Leisure: it is positioned at #6 (Score: 93.50)

    We are honored to share with you all the 2019 TOP TEN RESORT HOTEL IN ITALY FOR THE TRAVEL LEISURE where Castello Banfi - Il Borgo is positioned at #6.

    Every year for their World's Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe —to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Hotels were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. Properties were classified as city or resort based on their locations and amenities. 

    Full article here

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  • 01 February 2019

    Tripadvisor recognizes Castello Banfi - Il Borgo with one of the 2019 Travelers’ Choice Awards

    MONTALCINO, ITALY -  TripAdvisor®,the world’s largest travel site*, today announced the winners of its Travelers’Choice™awards for Best Luxury Hotels in Italy. Travelers’Choice award winners were determined based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travelers worldwide. 

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  • 21 January 2019

    Sublime Tuscan Castle Wedding Inspiration in Italy

    Castello Banfi has been mentioned by Whimsically wed as the perfect location to inspire a magical wedding in Tuscany. They say "We couldn't think of more perfect styling for an elopement in an Italian castle!"

    Full article here

     

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  • 14 February 2018

    A night at Castello Banfi" by John Fodera

    "...I have to admit, it was tough to pack up the car and leave this luxurious oasis.  But as long as the Castle stands, this “little boy” will eventually return.  If you’re looking to pamper yourself a mere 15 minutes from Montalcino and the splendors of the Val d’Orcia, do consider the Borgo at Castello Banfi."

    Discovering Castello Banfi Il Borgo throughout the words of Mr. John Fodera who has truly experienced the Banfi excellence and the extreme care for details. 

    Full article here.

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  • 09 November 2017

    Castello Banfi - ll Borgo has been chosen as one of our Top 100 Hideaways in the World

    We are glad to inform you that Castello Banfi - ll Borgo has been chosen as one of our Top 100 Hideaways in the World.

    To receive this distinguished accolade, a property must have fewer than 50 rooms and exhibit exceptional character, a commitment to classic hospitality and offer a profound sense of place.

    Here the full description written by Andrew Harpers staff.

    We want to thank our staff to make this possible!

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  • 09 November 2017

    Castello Banfi among the 10 top wine travel destinations of 2018 for Wine Enthusiast

    A good news to share with you! Castello Banfi is in the list of the 10 Top Wine Travel Destinations of 2018 that was published by Wine Enthusiast.
    The list includes 10 destinations all around the world, from Australia to USA that shows two getaways: California and Colorado, and then France, China, Austria, South Africa, Spain, Uruguay and Tuscany with the Val d'Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 
    In the section dedicated to Tuscany La Taverna Banfi is highlighted among the places where to dine and Castello Banfi is among the wineries where to do a tasting.

    For the article please click here

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  • 14 September 2017

    Castello Banfi - Il Borgo featured on Forbes: breathe, drink Sangiovese, ignore email

    Castello Banfi and Il Borgo are featured in the Forbes article “Slow Travel Through Central Tuscany: Breathe, Drink Sangiovese, Ignore Email”.

    "For couples, especially honeymooners, Castello Banfi Il Borgo ticks off the boxes: Luxurious suites, horizon-stretching views, fine dining, poolside lounging, pastoral serenity, wine tasting, all on a romantic perch above the valley."

    The full article, including several photos of the Banfi estate, can be seen on the Forbes website here.

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  • 07 August 2017

    Castello Banfi - Il Borgo on The Drink Business

    On The Drink Business magazine, an interview to Cristina Mariani May.

    ‘Banfi has always believed strongly in hospitality. For this reason, the winery was designed to welcome visitors and open its doors to wine aficionados visiting the beautiful countryside of southern Tuscany’.

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