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The Mauritius Development Investment Trust Co. Ltd (MDIT.mu) 2016 Annual Report

first_imgThe Mauritius Development Investment Trust Co. Ltd (MDIT.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Investment sector has released it’s 2016 annual report.For more information about The Mauritius Development Investment Trust Co. Ltd (MDIT.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the The Mauritius Development Investment Trust Co. Ltd (MDIT.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: The Mauritius Development Investment Trust Co. Ltd (MDIT.mu)  2016 annual report.Company ProfileThe Mauritius Development Investment Trust Co. Limited is an investment institution that invest in sectors such as financial services, manufacturing, construction, leisure and hotels, sugar, property development, transport, commerce, and information, communications and technology. The company is headquartered in Port-Louis, Mauritius and holds as well as manages securities in the Republic of Mauritius. The Mauritius Development Investment Trust Co. Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Plastic Industry Mauritius Limited (PIM.mu) HY2018 Interim Report

first_imgPlastic Industry Mauritius Limited (PIM.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Paper & Packaging sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the half year.For more information about Plastic Industry Mauritius Limited (PIM.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Plastic Industry Mauritius Limited (PIM.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Plastic Industry Mauritius Limited (PIM.mu)  2018 interim results for the half year.Company ProfilePlastic Industry Mauritius Limited is a company headquartered in Ebene, Mauritius and engages in the manufacturing of plastic products for domestic and industrial purposes destined for local and regional markets. Plastic Industry Mauritius Limited designs products for distribution in the including industry, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and food processing and households sectors. Plastic Industry Mauritius Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Eurasia Mining’s share price has soared. Here are 5 things you should know

first_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Eurasia Mining’s share price has soared. Here are 5 things you should know Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares The Eurasia Mining (LSE: EUA) share price has jumped in value over the past six months. Since the beginning of January, shares in the mining minnow have gained more than 700%. And there could be further gains to come. With that in mind, here are five things you should know about the stock before you buy. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Eurasia Mining share price: merger plans At first glance, shares in Eurasia seem to have produced tremendous returns for investors this year. However, the majority of the stock’s gains came at the beginning of July after the Russia-focused miner returned to AIM following the clarification of its relationship with Chinese group CITIC Merchant Co Limited.There has been talk of a tie-up between these two parties for some time. As of yet, no deal has emerged. Still, Eurasia continues to actively explore strategic options with CITIC and its bankers at UBS. So there’s always a chance a deal could appear. Operational progress Eurasia’s flagship project is the West Kytlim platinum group metals mine in Russia. According to the business, activity at this project hasn’t been affected by the pandemic, and it’s producing cash flow. This cash is being reinvested back into the operation. Growth potential The company’s growth potential is also supporting the Eurasia Mining share price.Eurasia has a long track record of successfully operating in Russia. This undoubtedly helped the company gain a licence for the Monchetundra Flanks project in the country. The project comprises two predominantly palladium open pit deposits and builds on Eurasia’s existing resources of palladium, platinum, rhodium, iridium and gold at the West Kytlim mine.Funding issues The group’s financial position could impact investor sentiment towards the Eurasia Mining share price.  Despite the incoming cash flow from production at West Kytlim, the firm recently raised $10m via a share placing to help scale up production.I think this fundraising shows Eurasia is still a long way from self-sufficiency. There could be further fundraisings from the company in future as a result. Political concerns Finally, I think investors need to consider the political situation inside Russia carefully before buying the Eurasia Mining share price.The company seems to have a good relationship with authorities in the country, but that could change suddenly. There’s a long list of operations that have not survived in Russia’s unpredictable business environment.Time to buy he Eurasia Mining share price? All in all, I think Eurasia has bright prospects, but we can’t ignore the risks facing the business.As such, it may be best to hold the stock as part of a diversified portfolio. Doing so would allow investors to profit from the company’s growth while limiting risk if it runs out of money, or falls foul of Russian authorities.  Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Rupert Hargreaves has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Image source: Getty Images. Rupert Hargreaves | Tuesday, 25th August, 2020 | More on: EUA See all posts by Rupert Hargreaveslast_img read more

Khazar Residential Building / S-A-L Design Studio

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/790863/khazar-residential-building-s-a-l-design-studio Clipboard Projects Photographs Save this picture!© Saeed Pirasteh+ 27 Share Apartments Khazar Residential Building / S-A-L Design StudioSave this projectSaveKhazar Residential Building / S-A-L Design Studio Year:  Area:  1900 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Iran Photographs:  Saeed PirastehSave this picture!© Saeed PirastehRecommended ProductsWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensText description provided by the architects. Project’s site is located in one of North Tehran vicinities which comprises of condensed cluster buildings and narrow alleys. Therefore, approximately an amount of 48 sq. m. of the total land area of 350 sq. m. was neglected by the municipality code in order to widen the alley. In addition to the client’s required physical program, this issue led the building to be extremely compressed, as well as parking lots to be hard to design and the mass of building to be solid for shaping.Save this picture!DiagramConsequently, Building’s outstanding features has been restricted to variety of terraces, altered skyline in comparison with regular flats and a new geometrical patterns which dominate the main facade. The said pattern provides maximum view and natural light into interior spaces, while illusively does not let observer recognize story arrangements and inner structures; in the meanwhile, it makes new and different view layout, by rearranging the floor story levels, horizontal lines and skyline; and this may lead the building to be realized as a unity so long as challenging the observers’ perception.Save this picture!© Saeed PirastehFacade’s basic structure consisted of large-scale rectangular frames covered by natural honed travertine. The secondary effective layer outlines wooden cribriform panels used in similar pattern and color with the main material. Geometrically, the lattice has square holes in small-scale which inspires ancient Persian architecture with its famous humanized values.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!1st / 2nd / 5th Floor PlanSave this picture!3rd / 4th Floor PlanOn the other hand, conducting light through the lattice imparts the outer sense continuously into interior space, whereas lights inside the house would be adjusted due to the harmonic moves by casting shadows and lights. Inside the house has been influenced by façade’s theme using wood and natural stone in large tiles and vast areas, which promotes a calm and peaceful place to live .Save this picture!© Saeed PirastehProject gallerySee allShow lessVinted 4TH / YCL studioSelected ProjectsKyobo Book Center & Hottracks / WGNBSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Tehran, IranLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/790863/khazar-residential-building-s-a-l-design-studio Clipboard CopyApartments•Tehran, Iran “COPY” 2015 Khazar Residential Building / S-A-L Design Studio Architects: S-A-L Design Studio Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeS-A-L Design StudioOfficeFollowProductsConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsTehranIranPublished on July 23, 2016Cite: “Khazar Residential Building / S-A-L Design Studio” 22 Jul 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemRailing / BalustradesMitrexIntegrated Photovoltaic Railing – BIPV RailingMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialPlastics / FibersRodecaTranslucent Building Elements in Downton Primary SchoolSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights – LonglightBathroom FurnitureBradley Corporation USAToilet Partition CubiclesSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – One-offAcousticFabriTRAK®FabriFELT™ for Walls and CeilingsBoardsStructureCraftStructural Panel – Dowel Laminated TimberThermalSchöckInsulation – Isokorb® Concrete to SteelDoorsJansenSmoke Control Door – Economy 60Louvers / ShuttersShade FactorExternal Venetian BlindsMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?哈扎尔住宅楼/S-A-L设计工作室是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream “COPY”last_img read more

Two senior fundraising appointments at Cancer Research UK

first_img Tagged with: Management Recruitment / people Two senior fundraising appointments at Cancer Research UK AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Taylor will focus on community fundraising, retail, national events and corporate partnerships, while Lyness will head up activities including major giving, legacy and donor marketing.Richard Taylor joined Imperial Cancer Research Fund in 1998 as Head of Retail, staying with the charity as Retail Director through its merger with Cancer Research Campaign in 2002. Sarah Lyness joined the charity from Oxfam and launched the new Cancer Research UK brand at merger. Howard Lake | 6 December 2004 | Newscenter_img Cancer Research UK has appointed Sarah Lyness and Richard Taylor as Co-Executive Directors of its Fundraising and Marketing Directorate.Both appointments are internal candidates: Lyness was previously Marketing Director for the charity while Taylor was Retail Director.Together they will share the leadership role for the strategy and culture within the Directorate, while taking individual responsibility for specific areas of the charity’s fundraising work. Advertisement  58 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

TCU eliminated from Big 12 Tournament after game two loss to Texas

first_imgBranson is a junior journalism major from Fort Worth, Texas. He enjoys writing about all sports and plans to go to law school after graduation. TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Previous articleTCU’s recruiting class earns accolades againNext articleTCU ‘honored’ to host stiff competition in regional Branson Nelson RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Twitter Facebook Linkedin ReddIt Equestrian earns last seed in NCEA team bracket Branson Nelsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/branson-nelson/ A COVID-19 Charles Schwab Challenge Branson Nelson + posts Women’s golf heads to Oklahoma for chance at first Big 12 title Photo by Michael Clements Facebook Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Iqbal leads women’s golf to fourth-place finish at Big 12 Tournament Twitter Branson Nelsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/branson-nelson/ TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Branson Nelsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/branson-nelson/ ReddIt printThe Horned Frogs avoided elimination with a win over Texas but dropped the night cap to end their run at a Big 12 Tournament title.Game One: TCU 9, Texas 2With its back against the wall in an elimination game, TCU turned toward fifth-year senior Mitchell Traver. Traver spent a large chunk of the 2017 season recovering from a back injury and has been inconsistent in his opportunities. Through nine starts entering Saturday, Traver had accumulated a 5.13 ERA in 26.1 innings.Traver, like Friday’s starter Brian Howard, has pitched at the highest level of college baseball. He has made many key postseason appearances, and also like Howard who tossed a shutout against Kansas, he stepped up in his first postseason start of year. Traver said that this outing is a good stepping stone to the NCAA Tournament.“When you do well, obviously it builds confidence, and you can build off that,” Traver said. “I think the timing is great, but I was just really excited how a lot of guys pitched this weekend, especially the starting pitchers.”Traver opened his start against the Longhorns allowing a long home run to Patrick Mathis, but he then settled in to retire 21 of the next 25 batters he faced. After the first, Traver gave up just two hits and walked one while cruising to his third win.Traver’s seven innings and 96 pitches were the most of the season. He has now put together two consecutive solid starts after he allowed only one run in 4.2 innings a week ago against California.For the third straight elimination game, the Frogs put together a big inning early. The three-run second inning on Thursday against OU was enough for starter Jared Janczak to pick up a win. Friday’s four-run first inning was plenty for Howard to continue the Frogs’ championship hopes. Saturday’s game one brought a four-run first inning gave the Frogs the lead for good, backed by Traver’s best outing of the season.“I thought it was awesome that the guys came out hot after I gave up that solo bomb and was able to limit the damage to put up a four-spot like that,” Traver said. “So as a pitcher, it is really important to respond the right way.”Austen Wade led the bottom of the first off by reaching on an error by Longhorns second baseman Bret Boswell. Four pitches later, Zach Humphreys picked up his second RBI triple of the tournament to drive in Wade. Wade’s run was the first of four unearned runs in the inning off Texas starter Kyle Johnston. A ground out from Warner led to the second run, while a walk and a single set Ryan Merrill up for a two-run double down the right field line.TCU added a fifth run in the second inning as Humphreys drove in Wade who hit a one-out single. The RBI was Humphrey’s fifth of the tournament and 15th of his freshman season. He has seen a large increase in playing time since Luken Baker’s injury, as it has opened up the designated hitter spot in the lineup.Single runs in the fourth and sixth on an Evan Williams RBI hit and a wild pitch extended TCU’s lead to 7-1.The Frogs tacked on their final two runs on an RBI triple from Wade in the eighth. An error by the right fielder allowed Wade to come all the way around. Through four games in the tournament, TCU has recorded five triples equaling the total it had in 53 regular season contests.Trey Morris relieved Traver in the eighth, ending Traver’s day with a line of seven innings pitched, one run, four hits, one walk and a season-high eight strikeouts on 96 pitches.“It felt great,” Traver said. “Rule number one is to put your team in a position to win a ballgame, and I felt like I did that.”Morris allowed one run on three hits while striking out two to close out a 9-2 victory and force a second game.Game Two: Texas 9, TCU 3The Horned Frogs were on the wrong end of an early big inning in game two, as Texas pushed across three runs in the top of the first and never let go of the lead behind a strong performance from Fort Worth native Blair Henley, a freshman who attended Arlington Heights.“I thought [Texas] played really well in the second game,” Schlossnagle said. “They out-played us in every phase. I thought Blair Henley did a great job, and we couldn’t match him early on the mound.”Haylen Green got his second career start but struggled from the beginning. The first two Longhorns reached base before a sac bunt moved both the runners over. A sacrifice fly and two run-scoring singles put Texas in front 3-0.TCU made noise in the second inning when it cut the lead down to one. A walk and an error set up Josh Watson for a sacrifice fly and Williams for his second RBI hit of the day.The Frogs held it close with Charles King on the mound in relief after Green was pulled in the third inning, but two singles and a two-out three-run home run by Michael Cantu in the fifth pulled Texas ahead 6-2.Jake Eissler did his job in relief for two innings, but he and Dalton Brown combined gave up two runs on two hits and three walks in the eighth to extend the Longhorns’ lead to 8-2.The Horned Frog bats were silent from the third inning on, providing little pressure on Texas. TCU got one unearned run and managed just four hits over the final seven innings.Texas added one run in the top of the ninth on a home run off Durbin Feltman to make the final score 9-3.For the week, the Frogs averaged six runs per game while hitting for a .261 average. The Frogs’ starting pitchers combined for a 2.10 ERA in 30 innings while giving up only 20 hits and five walks. The bullpen hurt the team as they pitched 15 innings over the tournament to the tune of a 9.00 ERA with 11 walks and 20 hits.One of the bright spots for the Horned Frogs’ lineup in the tournament was the top of the lineup duo of Austen Wade and Zach Humphreys. The two hit 13-36 (.361) with four triples, eight RBIs and 10 runs scored. Additionally, Elliot Barzilli returned to his 2016 form with a 9-19 tournament performance, raising his season average from .221 to .243.“Not much, other than the socks,” Barzilli joked when asked what changed for him to get hot at the plate. “Other than that, I just stick to my routine and go about it every day the same way.”For a TCU lineup that clicked well for the majority of the tournament, a major eye-opener was the lack of production from the third and fourth hitters. Skoug and Warner combined to go 5-40 (.125) on the week with 12 strikeouts. If the Frogs push deep into the NCAA tournament, the middle of the order will need to return to elite form.Picking up three wins in Oklahoma City likely solidifies the Frogs as a top eight national seed in the NCAA Tournament.“I am really proud of our team,” Schlossnagle said. “We have been at home two days in the last 19 days. We have been on the road for awhile and I feel like we have done what we are supposed to do throughout the course of this season, regular season and the conference tournament, to put ourselves in the position we want to be in.”TCU will host a regional at Lupton Stadium next weekend and should be in line to host a super regional if they take home the regional title.The NCAA selection show will be aired on ESPNU at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 29. Branson Nelsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/branson-nelson/last_img read more

Help the First Church of the Nazarene (PAZNAZ) Reach the $65,000 Goal

first_imgFaith & Religion News Help the First Church of the Nazarene (PAZNAZ) Reach the $65,000 Goal Article and Photo courtesy of FIRST CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE Published on Friday, March 14, 2014 | 2:27 pm Make a comment During the month of March, each First Church of the Nazarene (PAZNAZ) parishioners will have the opportunity to give a special offering – above their regular tithes and offerings – to help fund PazNaz’s Work & Witness Projects in Zambia and Nicaragua. These offerings will provide funds for projects, scholarships, equipment, and more! The goal of $65,000 can be reached if everyone will pray and give as God directs. So far $12,269 has been received during the first two Sundays of March.PAZNAZ is extremely grateful for the generosity of its donees.First Church of the Nazarene, 3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 351-9631 or visit www.paznaz.org. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Subscribe Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday center_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuff Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Community News Business News HerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Special Massage Techniques That Will Make You Return For MoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop Important Things You Never Knew About MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautylast_img read more

Travel: Fairy Tale Beauty at the Borgo Banfi: An Italian Hide-Away

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News After being overrun by hordes of tourists in Venice and Florence, my traveling companion and I had to get away to open space and fresh air to let our souls breathe unencumbered.Heading out from Florence in our rented car we shunned the Autostrada and found our bliss traveling along the provincial roads that took us through little villages that we had never heard of interspersed with many miles of gently undulating hills. In the distance we could see groves of shimmering olive trees looking like strands of spun silver.As we grew nearer we could see the brightly multi-colored nets spread under the trees as the workers were getting ready to pick the olives.We passed rows and rows of grape vines with their leaves turning bright yellow, burgundy and red as they nestled in for their long winter sleep after a bountiful harvest.Keeping our GPS direction fixed towards Siena and then Grosetto this autumn journey took us to a magical place deep in the Brunello wine country – Castello de Poggio alle Mura and the Borgo Banfi, a casually luxurious 5-star inn of nine rooms and five suites.After about a 2 hour drive we made a big loop around the interesting hill village of Montalcino’s “Round-About” knowing that we only had about 6 more miles to travel.By the way for future reference, every mid-October Montalcino stages a chestnut festival that is known far and wide as an extraordinary event.Way before we ever saw any kind of signs telling us which road to take we could see the impressive rock castle tower high atop a hill beckoning to us.At this point, the trick was to hopefully outsmart our GPS, which had gotten a bit confused and wasn’t sure exactly which way to go. As it turns out it was quite simple, we just followed the vines over a lightly graveled road.Positioned at the confluence of the Orcia and Ombrone rivers, the Banfi wine estate extends along the southern slopes of the township of Montalcino across 7,100 acres of land. One third of the property is under specialized vine and the balance is shared between olive groves, wheat fields, plum trees, truffle stands, forest and scrub – certainly vistas that one would never tire of seeing.Of course along the way I had to stop to take photos of the glorious vines in their colorful foliage. Some of the vines still had a few clusters of the deep purple sangiovese grapes that make just one of the wines that Banfi is famous for – their Brunello di Montalcino. The grapes looked so fat and juicy that I wanted to pop one into my mouth.Those magnificent vines led us up the hill to the medieval castle that loomed above and our resting place for the night.The castle that was first documented in the 13th century has a storied past which was not always quite like a fairy tale as it frequently changed hands between the warring families of Siena and Florence for centuries. The castle tower and surrounding buildings were also greatly damaged during WW II.After its many owners, the last transfer of the property came in 1983 when the Castello became part of the Banfi vineyard estate. It was the restoration work of the Mariani family, founders of the vineyards and winery, that lovingly brought it back to its former splendor.This ancient stone hamlet that rose in the 1700s is still protected by the solid rock walls of the old castle. These outbuildings were once the cottages of farmers who labored for the noble landowners for centuries.Today this little stone village (Il Borgo in Italian) with its castle protector has been made into an elegant inn with two restaurants, a beautiful swimming pool overlooking the vineyards, manicured gardens, an enoteca where the wines of Banfi can be tasted along with pairings of cheeses of the region and Tuscan prosciutto. The enoteca space is also a boutique of handcrafted ceramics of the area and a myriad of foods and gift items.Gracious hospitality is the hallmark of Castello Banfi il Borgo. Even though I had booked a standard room when the porter opened the door to our lodging we were ushered into a beautiful suite of rooms so large that one could get lost.The more than ample living room was furnished with a comfy couch, and two equally comfortable chairs. A large flat-screen TV dominated one wall while in a corner a Nespresso coffee maker and electric teapot were set with coffee and tea selections.The bathroom was enormous and its marble counter tops, covering dual sinks, were set with specialty lotions and potions. Two fluffy robes and slippers were carefully laid out for us.The long hallway led to a king-sized bedroom with its windows overlooking the beautiful valley way below. The bed linens were of the finest quality and the bed and its many pillows promised a very good sleep.We dined that evening in the castle’s lovely La Sala dei Grappoli restaurant where our menu selections were wonderfully prepared as we sipped the Brunello di Montalcino 2010 vintage, which one wine reporter said was the “Wine of a lifetime.”Adding gourmet touches to the menu that night were the white and black truffles that had just come into season. Porcini mushrooms also were just appearing on the autumn themed menu selections.Castello Banfi Il Borgo believes in introducing guests to the tranquility of their wine estate and showing them the wonders of the surrounding countryside of Tuscany. If one thinks they might be getting bored something really fun to do is taking a four-hour cooking class with the Banfi chefs in a picturesque nearby farmhouse with its resident donkey mascot named “Brunello.” The chefs will help guests prepare a four-course lunch to be enjoyed with a full selection of Banfi wines.Another great diversion is to visit the estate’s bottle and glass museum within the castle’s historic walls in the old stable and olive pressing room. This museum illustrates the various eras of glass production through history from the 5th century BC to the current day.I am already dreaming of my return to this enchanted place in Tuscany. A brochure I read could not say it any better – “At Castello Banfi, memorable and elegant hospitality awaits guests visiting the marvelous land of Southern Tuscany, opening the doors of its cellar to lovers of fine wine. If the vineyards are the soul of Castello Banfi, the winery is its very heart.”Just as the wines are sleeping in their wooden casks, the inn – Castello Banfi Il Borgo is also quiet and is closed now and will not reopen until March. However, now is not too soon to book a reservation at the inn because it does get quite busy.Guided visits of the winery are available by appointment.Monday through Friday at 4:00 p.m. from March 1 to Oct 31 except holidays. Other winery tour hours are Monday through Friday, 3:30 p.m. from Jan. 7 to Feb. 28 and Nov. 4 to Dec. 20th. To make an appointment for a guided tour: Tel: +39 0577-877-505 or +39 0577-877-514 – Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The fax number is +39 0577-877-508. Email – [email protected] wines, both red and white, over the years have garnered many awards and the winery is so highly respected.The late John F. Mariani, Sr. who founded Banfi Wines, was of Italian descent and as a youth lived in Italy with his mother and aunt after his father died. After his return to the U.S. and his marriage, his own three children, Joan, John Jr. and Harry joined forces with their father. Together they contributed to the growth and creation of the historic winery and inn near Montalcino.Today, the son and daughter of John Jr. and Harry Mariani are co-CEOs of the company. These co CEOs are Cristina Mariani-May, the daughter of John Jr. and James Mariani, the son of Harry.To read more about Banfi Winery and inn, visit their website at castellobanfi.com. Subscribe Your email address will not be published. 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