Castello Banfi is a household name as far as Brunello di Montalcino is concerned. Although family owned, it is the largest contiguous estate in Europe, combining a sense of tradition with a modern and commercial perspective and has helped bring Montalcino to the world’s attention in less than 20 years. It has brilliant wines, a well-grounded environmental and social responsibility programme, and to top it all, runs an award winning hotel, Il Borgo, in an 11th Century castello. Castello Banfi have certainly played their part in helping to heighten the quality of Montalcino. Brunello, or 'little dark one' is this part of Tuscany's own name for the Sangiovese grape which in this part of the World produces powerful wines of potentially great quality and long ageing potential.