Enjoy a free taste of Tuscany this autumn

Tuscany is one of the classic British holiday escapes each summer, but the area has plenty to offer all year round thanks to its delicious, big-hitting wines and, of course, its show-stopping food. This autumn, Square Meal readers can prolong their summer memories, or welcome in autumn the Tuscan way by combining this region’s two biggest assets.

From 14 October to 14 November, top Tuscan winery Castello Banfi – located in the picturesque hillside town of Montalcino, famed for producing Brunello di Montalcino DOCG – is offering Square Meal readers a taste of two of its most autumnal wines: a crisp unoaked Pinot Grigio and a juicy Sangiovese. The former is fresh and crisp with green fruit on the nose, making it the perfect foil for hearty pasta, fish dishes, or even a simple salad; the latter, meanwhile, is bold and full-bodied, with plummy, spicy flavours that adeptly complement robust meat dishes and autumn game.

These wines will be available by the glass for the first time at some of London’s most celebrated Italian restaurants. Readers ordering one or more courses at any of the participating restaurants can enjoy a 125ml glass of either of the wines absolutely free when they quote ‘Banfi Taste Experience’ upon booking or upon arrival. (Please note: this offer is available while stocks last.)

The restaurants taking part in this promotion include:

*offer valid only for dinner

Keep an eye on SquareMeal.co.uk for the full list of participating restaurants in the run-up to the start of the Banfi Taste Experience, on 14 October.

About Montalcino

Montalcino is most famous for Brunello di Montalcino DOCG – a wine whose popularity has grown exponentially since the 1960s, and which today rivals the best Pinots and Barolos in the world. In Montalcino, wines made from the Sangiovese grape are known as Brunello.

This small wine-growing area boasts a huge variety of micro-climates, meaning its wines differ enormously in style and flavour, with the grapes from different vines reflecting their particular terroir.

Even within Montalcino’s vineyeards, terroir can vary dramatically: at Castello Banfi, the winemakers mapped 29 different soil types alone, which allow the winery to produce a range of distinctive styles: from firm, youthful, black-fruit laden Belnero to Rosa Regale – a luscious, strawberry-packed, sparkling red – as well as ripe, fruity Pinot Grigio.