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A Food and Wine Break At Castello Banfi Tuscany
This week’s guest blog is from a very happy customer, Joanna Neave, who won a Travel Matters competition to stay 2 nights at the gorgeous Castello Banfi, a family-owned vineyard estate and winery in the Brunello region of Tuscany. Read on to find out how Joanna’s Italian experience has inspired her cookery back home.
From the moment we arrived at Castello Banfi it was complete luxury and we were made to feel like we were staying with friends rather than at a hotel.
Our every need was catered for and our room, which was even better than we had anticipated, had a stunning view and looked onto the most lovely beds of white roses and the vineyards beyond. The bed was extremely comfortable, the bathroom came with a wonderful huge shower and we had a fridge full of delicious drinks.
On our first evening we tried Castello Banfi’s tasting menu, the food was as delicious as all the different wines. It was very difficult to choose which of the five courses to have as we knew that all five would probably have been too much even for us! On our second evening we opted to have a lighter dinner, having eaten a huge lunch after the cooking class. We would have liked to have been able to try everything on the menu but sadly didn’t have time for that! However, dinner on night 2 was just as delicious and we were persuaded to have slightly more than we had planned and certainly didn’t regret it.
Our morning of cooking with Samuele was tremendous fun and I am thrilled to now be able to make fresh pasta. Everything we cooked in the class was easy to recreate at home and I am delighted to say that I have already done so. We ate what we had prepared, accompanied by more delicious Banfi wines, sitting ourside (in late October!). It was an absolute feast. In the afternoon Elizabeth Koenig gave us a fascinating tour of the vineyards and winery and explained the process from vine to bottle.
We could not have enjoyed ourselves more. Everyone working at Castello Banfi was so friendly and helpful and we were given lots of tips and advice for our following two days in Florence. It is a very good base to go and visit a variety of interesting places in Tuscany and I really hope that we are able to return there soon. Anyone wanting a completely relaxing break in wonderful surroundings should certainly plan a visit.
Huge thanks to Joanna for sharing her experience with the Travel Matters Blog.