29 Apr Wine Tour and Tasting at Banfi Vintners (LI) on June 21, 2016, 6:00PM
All photos are courtesy of NOIAW member Ellie Imperato.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Banfi Vintners | 1111 Cedar Swamp Road, Old Brookville, NY 11545
Members $30 | Non-members $45
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Advance ticket purchase required.
Join the Long Island Network for its popular annual wine tasting and tour at beautiful Banfi Vintners in Old Brookville. Banfi is North America’s leading wine importer. Founded in 1919 by John Mariani Sr., it is now owned and operated by his grandchildren, Cristina Mariani-May and James Mariani. The company is focused on the production and import of wine, and has ranked as North America’s leading wine importer for more than three decades. Castello Banfi is the family’s vineyard estate in Tuscany, its award-winning wines are exported to over 85 countries around the world.
Banfi Vintners’ estate in Old Brookville boasts a 60-room Elizabethan manor on 55 acres with squared lawns and formal English gardens, and was originally owned by the Vanderbilts. Its vaulted ceilings, English oak paneling, long corridors, stained glass medallions, tiled fireplaces and tapestries recall an opulent age of Long Island’s Gold Coast. A grape-and-wine theme is evident everywhere: on carpets, wall sconces, windows and, of course, statuary. All 60 rooms, both great and small, have been appointed with an array of treasures from Europe, mostly English and Italian, reflecting the 15th-century custom of English gentry traveling to Italy to acquire rare paintings, marbles, bronzes and other objects of art. A unique boast of the manor is a wine cellar that houses some 6,000 bottles of rare vintages, including vertical collections of Castello Banfi’s Brunellos, Super Tuscans, and single-vineyard varietals. A safe-type door, 8 feet high and almost a foot thick, guards the treasure.
Guests are in for a real treat, as the vineyard is not open to the public. Guests will enjoy a welcome aperitivo, tour of Banfi, wine tasting, and hors d’oeuvres.