Luciano Castiello


Ambassador, Castello Banfi and Vigne Regali, Tuscany, Italy

Luciano Castiello is the official ambassador for Castello Banfi and Vigne Regali, and unofficial ambassador for Italy's melody-filled, wine-charmed, "slow food" culture.

An industry veteran of over 30 years, Mr. Castiello leads sales of Castello Banfi and Vigne Regali's ultra premium wines to upscale restaurants and wine shops, focusing his efforts mainly in the leading metropolitan areas of the United States and the islands of the Caribbean, as well as international markets in conjunction with the Banfi sales team. As ambassador, Mr. Castiello is a passionate and inspiring spokesperson for these family wineries. The multi-lingual Mr. Castiello (he has fluent command of English, Italian, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Dutch, Punjabi and Creole) concentrates on building brands through personal contact with sommeliers and wine professionals, acting as a liaison between grower and consumer.

The consummate professional, Mr. Castiello possesses the unique ability to reach wine enthusiasts of all levels. His passion for international cuisine combined with his vastly extensive wine knowledge allows him to make wine approachable to any consumer.

Mr. Castiello attributes his passion for food and wine to his experiences growing up on the Italian Riviera, the son of a winemaker and a chef. Born on a small farm in Liguria, just nine hundred feet from the sea, Mr. Castiello worked in the fields harvesting olives for oil and grapes for wine with his father, and cooking in his family's restaurant-like kitchen with his mother and grandmother. These small family businesses inspired him to continue working with family wineries where the soul of the brand is always present.

Schooled in Italy and France, Mr. Castiello has worked in the UK and on the Caribbean Island of St. Maarten and has represented prestige champagne houses, as well as artisan Burgundy producers. His breadth of international wine experience allows Mr. Castiello to bring a unique perspective to his role, and his passion brings this experience to life. He is a graduate of the Armenise Business School, London, England and L'Istituto Italiano Alberghiero Hotel School, Alassio, Italy. Mr. Castiello is also a member of the Society of Wine Educators.

Castello Banfi is the first winery in the world to be awarded international recognition for exceptional environmental, ethical and social responsibility (ISO 14001 and SA8000) as well as an international leader in customer satisfaction (ISO 9001:2000). The signature wines of Castello Banfi and Vigne Regali include a Proprietor's Reserve Sangiovese called BelnerO, three Brunellos (single-vineyard reserve Poggio all'Oro, cru Poggio alle Mura, and the flagship Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino), as well as three Montalcino Super Tuscan cuvées: SummuS, ExcelsuS, and Cum Laude; San Angelo Pinot Grigio, the single vineyard Principessa Gavia, and the cru Rosa Regale, a unique and renowned sparkling red.

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