Castello Banfi – Montalcino and Tuscany

When the American wine importing Mariani family went back to its ancestral roots and established Castello Banfi in the Montalcino region in 1977, they literally shook the land and brought it into the modern age by creating vineyards and planting over 900 ha of vines in their 2,800 ha estate. Their contemporary style of Brunello di Montalcino became accessible and desirable in the New World, and brought much attention to the region and its wines, raising its prestigious standing. Banfi have expanded with holdings in Tuscany beyond Montalcino now and have a sister estate in Piedmont. However, the Brunello di Montalcino wines, especially the single vineyard expressions ‘Poggio all’Oro’ and ‘Poggio alle Mura’ remain their flagships and most recognised wines. Here I review a selection of wines from the ‘Banfi’ range, including a number from the ‘Castello Banfi’ estate. The wines are distributed in New Zealand by Federal Merchants.


  • Banfi ‘La Pettegola’ Toscana Vermentino IGT 2013
  • Banfi ‘Colle Pino’ Toscana IGT Merlot/Sangiovese 2012
  • Banfi Chianti DOCG 2012
  • Banfi ‘Aska’ Bolgheri Rosso DOC 2012
  • Castello Banfi ‘Cum Laude’ Toscana IGT 2010
  • Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2009

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