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LOW INPUT & ECO-BALANCED FARMING 
Banfi is a pioneer in the effort to manage its activities with social responsibility and it cultivates with care and respect of the environment. Over the last 14 years, Banfi has participated in low input cultivation by carefully monitoring fertilization and agrochemical treatments, considerably reducing the quantities applied, and focusing on low-persistence ingredients that are gentle to the environment.

REDUCING THE GREENHOUSE EFFECT
Castello Banfi has one of the highest ratios of forest to cultivated land among European wine estates. We plant local species particularly adapted to the environment, constantly cultivate our forests and scrub to clear fire lanes, and maintain small water basins to fight forest fires and provide drinking water for wildlife. Over the past 25 years, Castello Banfi has planted enough cypress trees to shade the 50-mile route between Siena and Florence!




MAINTAINING BIODIVERSITY
Natural meadows bordered by typical Mediterranean bush provide ample grazing for the rich and varied wild fauna, particularly boar, pheasants and deer. We are raising a small herd of Amiata donkeys, a particular local breed that risked extinction, and also dedicate part of our estate to groves of prune and olives, fields of wheat and forests of truffle-rooted oaks.




EROSION CONTROL
Castello Banfi is strongly committed to containing soil erosion, having constructed 90 miles of water drainage ditches, 42 miles of underground drainage systems, and 6 miles of stone walls and embankments. We regularly practice vineyard turfing, planting between the rows with epecially designed seed drilling machines.




WATER CONSERVATION
Over the years, the estate has shifted from traditional sprinkling to drip-irrigation, reducing water use by almost 80%. We collect rainwater in two natural reservoirs and carefully manage water resources including the Orcia and Ombrone rivers, our natural borders to the south and west.

SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION
We are using new lighter-weight and environmentally friendly bottles, in order to:
■ reduce the use of glass
■ reduce energy and water consumption for the production
■ reduce CO2 emission, during production and transportation


CERTIFICATION FROM VINEYARD TO BOTTLE
Results of the research and development of the estate are verified, communicated and shared both internally and with the greater community. Castello Banfi is the first winery in the world to be awarded international recognition for exceptional environmental, ethical and social responsibility (ISO 14001 and SA8000) as well as an international leader in customer satisfaction (ISO 9001:2000). Banfi affirms the idea that not only individuals, but the business itself, must support ethical values as part of the definition of its responsible behavior.

DNV Business Assurance Management System Certificate
Det Norske Veritas Social Accountability System Certificate
CSQA
CSQA

PRIVACY POLICY

Banfi S.r.l. places fundamental importance on your personal privacy. Banfi S.r.l. takes all steps to protect the personal information of the users. Optimal service is possible when we can assure that the user is aware of and understands the norms and criteria adopted for our privacy policy. The criteria used by Banfi S.r.l. regarding personal information are as follows:
 
Why personal information is collected?
Banfi S.r.l. gathers and uses personal information of the users to guarantee optimal service and to facilitate access to a broad range of products and services. Furthermore, the personal information is used to keep every user updated on new offerings and other information that Banfi S.r.l. believe may be useful to the user. Furthermore, personal information could be used to contact the user to invite the user to participate in eventual market research that allows us to both evaluate the level of user satisfaction and to develop superior products.
 
How personal information is collected
Information about our users is collected in different ways. For example, information that can be used to contact the user can be requested when that person writes to Banfi S.r.l., telephones to ask about a service, or participates in an online poll. Furthermore, when a person subscribes to the internet service of Banfi S.r.l. or to the mailing list, they provide information that is then collected and filed within a secure database.
 
When personal information is revealed
It can become necessary to reveal personal data of the client by law or in the course of legal proceedings or other situations in the public interest.
 
How personal information is protected
Banfi S.r.l. protects the security of information sent by people using physical, electronic and managerial methods. Banfi S.r.l. invites its users to take the necessary steps to protect their personal data on the Internet. Banfi S.r.l. suggests that users often change their password, using a combination of letters and numbers, and relying solely on secure browsers.

Access to personal information
The user can, at any time, access information regarding themselves. To review and update personal information that Banfi S.r.l. has gathered, please contact banfi@banfi.it.
 
Collection of personal information
It is possible to navigate the websites of Banfi S.r.l. anonymously. In any case, the browser automatically comunicates the type of computer and operating system used.

Like many other websites, Banfi S.r.l. uses "cookie" technology. The first time a user connects to the site, their cookies identify the browser with a random and unique number. The cookies used do not reveal any information of a personal nature to the user, including first names that could be used to welcome the user on their next visit. The cookies help us understand what part of the website the users visit more frequently, which are the paths used by the clients, and how long they remain connected. The cookies are used to study the traffic patterns of the Banfi S.r.l. websites in order to improve their functionality.