Castello Banfi - Il Borgo (short for "Banfi") rose from an ancient stone hamlet built in the 1700s, under the nurturing shade and protective towers of Castello di Poggio alle Mura. It served as the dwelling for the farmers who worked for the noble landowners but has been restored into a boutique luxury hotel today. The old structure is well-preserved and the hotel surrounds its guest with beautiful and elegant settings such as the green-covered castle, the cypress-adorned backyard, and the rolling vineyards expanding far into an hazy mountain range. The onsite wine cellar and Museum of Glass and Bottle are worth paying a visit too. We found interesting artifacts throughout the property, like the wine-bottle chandelier and the old family barware.
The hearty hotel breakfast is served daily on an outdoor terrace overlooking the vineyards. We also enjoyed a romantic dinner at the hotel restaurant: Sala dei Grappoli. Get the 7-course tasting menu with the wine pairing if you can.