Montalcino, August 3rd 2010 – Castello Banfi La Taverna, for the second consecutive year, has received the prestigious “Wine Spectator Magazine’s Restaurant Award of Excellence”, an honor attributed judging the wine carte, which “offers an excellent selection combined with the perfect pairing with the food at a very competitive price”. Wine Spectator, considered one of the most influential international specialized magazines, recognizes this excellence award to less than 3.000 restaurants all over the world.
Taverna Banfi is a casual setting in the vaulted cellars of the building, with sturdy wooden tables placed under the broad brick arches where oversized wooden casks of the area's traditional Brunello di Montalcino once rested. It offers traditional dishes of the Montalcino and Tuscan traditions, exalted by the freshness and simplicity of the local ingredients. Its selection of antipasti, primi piatti, meat, fish and desserts is prepared according to the local tradition and it respects seasonality of produce. Castello Banfi wines complement the three-course, four-course and five-course tasting menus as well as la carte selections of traditional Tuscan dishes and delicacies. Always open for lunch, Taverna Banfi is also available for dinner between April and November. On one side of the Taverna is still possible to admire the castle secret rooms, where vintage wine bottled from 1960 till 1970 is still preserved, while on the other side it offers a breathtaking view over the Tuscan landscape.
Our "Enoteca" nearby is a re-created Tuscan shopper come-wine-bar for enjoying our extensive selection of wines, grappa, extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar and honey; artisan pastas, cookies and local ceramics, wools, soaps, stemware, wine jewelry and service items; "coffee table" books on wine, cooking, gardens, and Tuscan history and architecture. Here you can enjoy flights of Castello Banfi estate wines by the glass, accompanied by an optional "Tuscan Flavors" plate of regional bread, cheese and salumi.
Guests are also invited to visit the Giovanni F. Mariani Museum of Glass and Wine, the world largest private collection of roman pieces, as well as to join the guided tours, daily available, of Castello Banfi winery and cellars.
Taverna Banfi offers its services to day tourist as well as to Castello Banfi – Il Borgo guests, the comfortable and charmingly elegant hospitality that offers 14 luxurious rooms and suites. Inside the walls of the castle it is finally possible to organize weddings or special events. For information and reservations please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org