Castello Banfi, Tuscany’s foremost vineyard estate, has added a new feather to its cap, as the recipient of the Italian Government’s highest recognition for winery hospitality.
This latest accolade comes from Italy’s Movimento Turismo del Vino (Wine Tourism Movement), a national organization dedicated to upholding a “Wine Country Hospitality Code of Ethics.” The award guarantees visitors a genuine, memorable experience that equates to the highest levels of hospitality and professionalism.
“For my family, extending a warm welcome to consumers and visitors at Castello Banfi has always been a priority. Castello Banfi was an early pioneer of winery hospitality in Italy, dating back to an era when cellar doors were typically closed to all but a few wine industry insiders. We are proud to have helped set the standard and prouder still to stand shoulder to shoulder with neighbors who also embrace this concept and join us in showering guests with an extraordinary Tuscan experience.
-- Banfi family proprietor Cristina Mariani-May
The Movimento Turismo del Vino conducts a series of anonymous inspector visits to wineries before assigning its rating. Criteria for judging (reevaluated every three years) include:
Arguably the most visitor-friendly winery in Tuscany, Castello Banfi offers an array of attractions, including:
The newest jewel in this hospitality crown is Castello Banfi–Il Borgo, 14 luxury rooms and suites, an open-air swimming pool with spectacular views of the surrounding Tuscan countryside, a pergola-covered cloister garden, and a reading room located within the castle keep.