Castello Banfi

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For beautiful wine, history, luxury, and a large helping of fairy-tale magic, there is no better place to visit than Castello Banfi in the quiet countryside of Montalcino.

Their estate of vineyards, olive groves and 7 artificial lakes spanning a whopping 3,000 hectares stretching out as far as the eye can see, can be admired from their hospitality and accommodation, which, not like any old hotel, is in fact located in a 12th Century castle, and has suites in the neighbouring medieval hamlet buildings, which is apt, because Banfi is a veritable village of delights.
There’s a swimming pool, multiple terraces for reading and relaxation (our favourite was the peaceful and picturesque rose garden often used for parties and wedding receptions), an elegant reading room, balsameria, onsite enoteca (wine shop), and even a wine museum with artefacts found in the castle. And of course, a stay at Banfi wouldn’t be complete without a tour around the estate’s winery, which produces exquisite wine (one of their top products being the Brunello di Montalcino) on an industrial scale.
Here you will be able to see wine being produced with top of the range, innovative technology, a cellar that houses 7000 barriques, and the largest Italian wine barrels you’ve ever seen, which are transported between underground and over the ground in, again, the largest lift you’ve ever seen!

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In the charming, old hamlet buildings adjoining the castle, the suites at Castello Banfi are luxurious, yet elegantly minimal.
The crème de la crème is the Suite Poggio all’Oro, with elegant white hues, traditional Tuscan style furniture, and two bathrooms featuring a luscious walk-in rainfall shower. Or, if you don’t need so much space, why not book into one of the Junior suites.
All differently furnished, yet all boasting stunning views over the Tuscan countryside, these charming residences ooze comfort and refinement.

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