The Daily Meal celebrates the most exemplary epicurean endeavors at the world’s best wineries.
Lauren Mack in her article writes: "The concept of dining at wineries started changing in the late 20th century when many began recognizing the potential for winery tourism and realized that a restaurant could be an asset, encouraging oenophiles to make a trip to the countryside not just to sip wine but to dine as well."
The methodology and the voting criteria were quite complicated as all the 67 countries that produce wine around the world were considered.
The final list includes winery restaurants in 11 countries — Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, and the U.S — and 18 cities.
Among the notable restaurants that made the cut at N° 7 is included La Taverna at Castello Banfi.
7) La Taverna at Castello Banfi (Montalcino, Italy)
At just about 35 years old, Castello Banfi is one of the youngest winery on The Daily Meal’s 20 Best Winery Restaurants list. Americans John and Harry Mariani have harvested outstanding vintages from the expansive 7,100-acre estate’s cluster of sloping single vineyards, which grow chardonnay, pinot grigio, and brunello. The estate in southern Tuscany includes Il Borgo, a hillside hamlet of 18th-century stone houses that accommodates a handful of overnight guests, as well as La Taverna, a rustic restaurant populated with sturdy wooden tables and housed in the vaulted, brick-arched cellars of the medieval castle. The dining experience here includes a choice of three-, four-, and five-course tasting menus and an à la carte menu, all paired with Castello Banfi wines. The menu of traditional Tuscan dishes may include duck ravioli with truffles or Tuscan chicken stew with mashed potatoes.