The pope, the cook and the castle

The entire Banfi Vintners project, from Castello Banfi in Tuscany to their newer estate Banfi Piedmont, Banfi Bolgheri and Banfi in Chianti Classico, is a love letter to Italy

15th October, 2017
Castello Banfi in Tuscany, bought by the Mariani family in 1976 to bring some old-country cred to their booming US wine business

In 1904, Giovanni Mariani left the United States with his mother to return to Italy, the country of his parents’ birth. John Mariani, as he was known in the US, was born in 1895 in the state of Connecticut, but upon his father’s early death his mother took her six young children back to live with her sister in Italy.

Her sister, Linda Banfi, also known as Teodolinda Banfi, was well placed to help...

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