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.” With these words John F. Mariani declared the inauguration of the Castello Banfi winery on September 12, 1984. Deciding to establish a point of excellence in Montalcino, the Mariani family intrinsically tied Banfi to this territory and its own development. Castello Banfi represents a heritage and a unique experience in the world of viticulture and winemaking, in which a profound respect for the land and the intense desire to exalt its character resulted in multiple research projects. Perhaps the most important of these involved the attentive clonal selection of Sangiovese, the symbol of Montalcino, to show its inimitable expression and great versatility in the historic Brunello denomination. At the same time, we did not overlook the potential of the principal international varietals which find an ideal environment for an alternative expression of this place. Respect for the potential of this territory and the desire to exalt its character have always inspired our winemaking at Banfi, resulting in a prestigious selection that is uniquely characterized by a soul closely tied to this unique, inimitable, and extraordinary land.
The Pursuit of Excellence arises from a respect and love for this territory, essential elements and the fundamental starting points for our adventure.
“Tradition is not about holding on to the ashes but keeping the flame alive.”
Jean Léon Jaurès
Innovation, accompanied by passion and tradition, make our adventure unique. Together with other golden rules, it represents our core values, that which distinguishes us in the world of viticulture and winemaking. This value is intrinsic with tradition: if this represents our starting point, innovation is what points us toward the future, that which drives us along the necessary path for a continual pursuit of excellence.
No wonderful adventure could begin or continue without passion, which has distinguished our work here since the beginning.
The fruit of our work, available for the world to witness firsthand.