La Dolce Vita with Castello Banfi at Tai Zi Heen Prince Hotel


Castello Banfi is a family owned vineyard estate and winery in the Brunello region of Tuscany. Together with its sister estates in Piedmont, Vigne Regali and Principessa Gavi, it has become recognized the world over for its dedication to excellence and sparking a renaissance in the art of Italian winemaking. The Mariani family proprietors credit education, dedication and discipline for the success that has accorded honors including:

11 Consecutive Years ~ Italy’s Premier Vineyard Estate at the VinItaly wine fair.

The first winery to be internationally recognized for exceptional environmental, ethical and social
responsibility (ISO 14001 and SA 8000) as well as an international leader in customer satisfaction (ISO 9001:2000).

Winery of the Year by both Wine Enthusiast and Wine & Spirits Magazine and Top Ten Wines (Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio all’Oro) by Wine Spectator.

Perhaps most gratifying of all is the praise of neighboring vintners who acknowledge Banfi’s role in pioneering a new era in Brunello and bringing the wine world’s attention to Montalcino. Banfi has pioneered clonal research on the Sangiovese vine to produce a more consistently excellent Brunello di Montalcino, and reduced sulfites and histamines through more organic winemaking. Technological advances, including customized cooperage for more balanced wines, nitrogen bottling to eliminate the addition of sulfites, electrodialysis to allow flavors to emerge, and development of fermenters that combine both stainless steel and wood, are balanced with a profound respect for tradition and deep expression of the local terroir
and microclimate. In the end, at Castello Banfi, winemaker and nature partner to allow the wine’s natural pedigree to emerge in artful expression.

Though savoring these achievements as they would a glass of their finest vintage, family proprietors Cristina Mariani May and James Mariani are hardly resting on their laurels. In the continual pursuit of superior quality ingrained in them by their fathers, Castello Banfi cofoundersand brothers John and Harry Mariani, they work constantly to improve upon every detail, from winemaking and packaging to the estate’s renowned hospitality.

The Marianis established Castello Banfi in 1978, assembling a contiguous estate of 7,100 acres (2,830 hectares). A constellation of single vineyards spreads out to cover only 1/3 of the property, starting with the undeniable concept that quality is determined first and foremost in the vineyard.

La Dolce VIta with Castello Banfi Menu

If the vineyards are the soul of the estate, then the winery is its very heart. It combines stateoftheart
equipment with traditional cellars for casks of Slavonian oak and barriques of French oak. Here too, little was left to chance or custom. Banfi winemakers personally select the raw wood from the forests of France and bring it to the estate for seasoning under their watchful eye. Coopers then apply a modified toasting that uses an indirect and cooler fire than usual and for a longer period of time in order to achieve more uniform and balanced flavors. The custom barrels are also slightly larger than the traditional barrique, optimizing the ratio of wood surface area to volume of wine.

Overlooking the vineyards is the estate’s showpiece, a medieval fortress now known as Castello Banfi. Meticulously restored as a hospitality center, it boasts a glass museum, enoteca, and two restaurants: the informal “Taverna Banfi,” serving traditional dishes of the region, and “Ristorante Castello Banfi,” serving Mediterraneaninspired Tuscan cuisine in a fine dining ambiance. Within a year of opening, the restaurant was recognized for its excellence with a prestigious Michelin Star.

The latest jewel in the crown of estate hospitality is “Castello Banfi – Il Borgo,” 14 luxury guest rooms nestled in the hamlet that grew alongside the castle walls in the 17 th and 18 th century. Here, discriminating guests are nurtured in a style befitting Tuscan wine country, with cooking cooking classes and wine tastings, vineyard treks and bike rides, cultural tourism or simply relaxing poolside, in the terraced garden, or in the well appointed reading room.

Signature wines of the Castello Banfi estate, available in 50 countries around the world, include the single vineyard reserve Poggio all’Oro and unfiltered cru Poggio alle Mura Brunellos, as well as three proprietary cuvées, ExcelsuS, SummuS and Cum Laude. Other singlevineyard bottlings include Tavernelle Cabernet Sauvignon, Colvecchio Syrah and San Angelo Pinot Grigio.

The Banfi Toscana range includes wines that are vinified at Castello Banfi; though not always sourced completely from estate vineyards, they are made with equal care and dedication.

Vigne Regali winery is the Mariani family’s jewel box winery in the historic town of Strevi in Piedmont, where wine from the single vineyard La Rosa (Brachetto d’Acqui) and Principessa Gavia (Gavi) estates are made along with a selection of regional red, white and sparkling wines.

La Dolce VIta with Castello Banfi Wine Glasses

Back in 1999, ASIAEURO WINE AND SPIRITS SDN BHD, was founded by 3 gentleman whom shared a strong interest in fine wines, Mr Harry Wong, Mr Her Soon Seng and Mr Toh Sek Piew. Up to date their keen interest grew and thus into becoming one of Malaysia’s largest local distributor in Liquor and Wines. The distribution network covers the whole of Malaysia consisting regional sales offices in all main strategic centers (nationwide). They have continued to grow steadily through low-margin, dedicated and honest customer services to become one of the largest merchant for the trade in wines and spirits products in Malaysia.

Their portfolios include a wide array of over 700 items and are constantly increasing to meet market demands. All their wines and spirits products are carefully selected by their own experts in the purchasing team and are held in optimum temperature controlled storage. Asiaeuro aims to be the country’s largest fine wine stockholder and Asia’s leading en primeur supplier

From regular wine labels – to the top notch Grand Cru Classe and the Boutique Wines, Single Malt Whisky to the famous Cognac, throughout the years Asiaeuro has created a remarkable standing in the local market, focusing the business in the On Trade Sector and thereafter the Off Trade. It was of lately that overseas venture was in the books of trading. In the near future, Asiaeuro will be expanding to more business opportunities for both the budding business boys and the coffee lovers. Surprising to the Trade customers and also consumers – how can a wine and spirits importer cater Italian Coffee and Italian Water? During the recent economic crises it was an important decision made that Asiaeuro Wines and Spirits, not only carry the said products but also add on products like our Coffee – Caffe Vergnano 1882 and Water – San Pellegrino (Sparkling) and Aqua Panna (Still)

Castello Banfi, Tuscany, Italy is one of the top wines that Asiaeuro distributes under their roof.

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  • September 14, 2009 - 2:19 pm | Permalink

    Wow! What a nice long post :)

  • September 14, 2009 - 8:23 pm | Permalink

    nice foods, nice wines and also nice desserts. lol
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  • September 14, 2009 - 8:43 pm | Permalink

    Very informative. Have to try the wines.
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  • September 14, 2009 - 10:15 pm | Permalink

    Very interesting…
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  • September 15, 2009 - 7:12 am | Permalink

    Pinot grigio! My very favourite! How did you find the pairing with dim sum though?
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  • September 15, 2009 - 9:32 am | Permalink

    A very detailed post whereby I got to learn so much of the different selections.
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  • September 15, 2009 - 9:44 am | Permalink

    wah…….so atas!!!!

    gosh, when can i afford to try all the wines myself?

    p/s: i love those pics of wines! esp the one pouring out from the bottle
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  • September 15, 2009 - 9:47 am | Permalink

    all i have to say is heavenly..lucky you
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  • September 15, 2009 - 10:12 am | Permalink


    great wine and dinner, filled with satisfaction just paint a smile on your face..
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  • September 15, 2009 - 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Wine or wine, I can’t take any of them. I’m allergy to wine. :(

  • Cheryl
    December 6, 2009 - 11:43 pm | Permalink

    Hey, Sunny,
    I lost your contact – can you please drop me an email, want to invite you for next years dinner line ups if that is ok with you.

    Cheryl Yee

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