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Would you reserve a tour of Castello Banfi in Montalcino?

Would you reserve a tour of Castello Banfi in Montalcino?

Old Aug 24th, 2006, 05:34 PM
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Would you reserve a tour of Castello Banfi in Montalcino?

I can't wait to try the Brunellos in Montalcino! But would anyone recommmend making the reservsations for lunch & then tour at Castello Banfi? How long is the tour? We also want to visit the Enoteca Fortezza in town. I don't want to over plan but of course I'd hate to miss something that would be a highlight. All input welcome! We are leaving Sept 5th. Thanks
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Old Aug 25th, 2006, 06:09 AM
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We did both the lunch & tour. I would recommend it. We had the 3 course lunch for 42 Euro with 3 different wines -- Sav Blanc, Sang/Cab/Mer blend, then the last course was a Brunello. The food was very good, not outstanding, but the wine was free flowing -- just keep asking to have your glass charged, and they accommodated.

The tour was a couple of miles from the Visitor Center, and everyone headed there in a convoy.

Banfi is one of the larger wineries in Italy. If you've never toured a winery before, it's an interesting experience.

Lunch lasted about 1.5 to 2 hours, and the tour 1 to 1.5 hours. You have to make a reservation for both.

The Brunellos are excellent and pricy. Enoteca Fortezza had wine tasting. I don't remember the exact price for 3 small pours, but it wasn't cheap.
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Old Aug 25th, 2006, 06:20 AM
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Thanks again Budman. We have toured many wineries in Paso Robles & Napa but never in Italy! I think we will go ahead & make the reservations. We could cancel if we decided different. You said you asked to have your glass "charged"? or "changed"? Gotta know the secret to free flowing wine!
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Old Aug 25th, 2006, 06:26 AM
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"charge" as in "to fill" or "refill" -- Just call one of the waiters over and ask them to "fill-er-up."
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We also did the lunch and tour and thought it worthwhile. I would also reccomend as a contrast and great experience to go to Castelo Volpaia in chianti. To see a winery with stainless steel fermenter rising up in a 12 century at one time church is amazing. All the winery operations are in a hill town from that time.
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Old Aug 25th, 2006, 06:39 AM
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I did the lunch and tour also. We had the 3 course menu and they pair a wine to what your course. I have toured a couple of wineries in the states and this was a nice contrast. I would suggest doing both. You can taste wine in their Visitors Center, but it is not free of charge. I was surprised to learn that Banfi is owned by an American company. I don't usually recommend something like this but be sure to visit the ladies' room in the building outside the restaurant. As you sit, you are facing a window and looking at a great view of the countryside. Have fun!
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Old Aug 25th, 2006, 07:20 AM
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Thank you again. We are looking for suggestions for the Chianti region also so I will look into Castello Valpaia. We do have Verrazzano on the list. It is getting so close and now the excitement is starting to build! Thanks for the info!
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Darn!!! Did I miss that view?
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We too are preparing for our vacation to Italy, with 9 days in Tuscany. I too am looking forward to experiencing the wines of Tuscany as well as the scenary. Some friends just returned from there with the following recommendation:
Dievole Vineyards 12 km outside of Siena. You can visit their website at http://www.Dievole.IT. It looks lovely and they really enjoyed the wine and tour. Can't vouch for it myself, but we intend to go there in Oct. Have a great trip.
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