HISTORY OF THE ORIGIN OF WINE BANFI
“The embodiment of the American dream on Italian soil” can be described as the story of a successful company Castello Banfi in one sentence.
In the early 1970s, two brothers, Harry and John Mariani, arrived in Italy (Brunello region). The brothers’ love for wine production was grafted by their father, the famous New York winemaker John Mariani. It is unlikely that someone other than enterprising Americans would have paid attention to a small town, much of which was covered with forests, and in fairness it should be noted that winemaking did not really develop there. But the Mariani brothers did not stop it. In 1978, they bought vineyards in the south of Tuscany and called on the help of an experienced oenologist (a specialist who estimated the vineyards) Ezio Rivella began to develop the land. In 1984, Castello Banfi di Poggio alle Mura Castle was acquired and restored – this is how the company got its name. It took several decades, and drinks Castello Banfi received worldwide popularity as well. In the castle, in addition to wine production, a hotel, a restaurant and the family museum “Marianni Sr. Glass and Bottles” were equipped. Grappa and Castello Banfi wines are marked by many certificates and are supplied to 50 countries of the world. Brunello di Montalcino wine, the basis for which was the Sangiovese grape, was the first among Italian wines to be awarded DOCG status. Only the best of elite drinks deserve such honor.
Today, the reins of the company are in the hands of the third generation of Mariani. Vineyards occupy more than 8 thousand hectares, about 12 million bottles of alcohol are produced annually. The company continues to expand its ownership: in the Bolgheri region 5 hectares of vineyards were purchased. The company plans to release new wines Bolgheri Rosso (Aska) and Bolgheri Superiore. Castello Banffy has made a significant contribution to the development of Italian winemaking.
Especially popular among buyers is Grappa Banfi. Grappa – a drink with a strength of 40-55%, which is made from grape cake. The next stage is spilling on special oak barrels. The infused grappa is bottled, where it “languishes” for several months, acquiring its unique unique taste.