Discover This Unique Winery Set In A Castle

The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. The rolling vineyards.

 

We have always wanted to explore northwestern Italy, so on our most recent trip, we were especially interested in discovering the amazing wineries in Piedmont and its neighboring regions. Our friend Ceri Smith, who owns Biondivino, was the perfect person to show us around. She and Alfio picked us up from our hotel in Milan, and we were on our way.  Alfio sat on our laps, trying to look at everyone and find his dog friends along the way, until we reached the highway where he finally laid down and took a nap until we arrived into the countryside of Lombardy. Ceri had told us about a winemaker whose winery was located in a historic castle that sounded magical. Beautiful landscapes, exquisite wines, and genuine people – who doesn’t want to go there?

 

Alfio from Biondivino tours the vineyards. The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines.

 

As we approached the castle, we could see it off in the distance on a hill with vineyards draping down the sides of the mountain. Castello di Stefanago is an organic winery and farm located just an hour from the city, near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Situated atop the Olrepo Pavese hills at an elevation of 300 – 500 meters, the Baruffaldi family lives in a stunning fourteenth century castle. Giacomo Baruffaldi and his wife Patrizia live in the castle, and were gracious enough to invite us into their incredible home. Giacomo and his brother, Antonio, run the family estate. He lives just down the street in another gorgeous home overlooking rolling hills of organic vineyards.

As we pulled up to the driveway, Giacomo’s family met us and first showed us around their beer brewing facility. They’ve been using local hops and are currently growing them now on the estate. We also had a chance to visit their adorable new baby donkey and multiple dogs who follow the family around the property.

 

The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. The new baby donkey at the winery.
The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines.

The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. The fields at the winery.

The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. Barrel at the entrance to the property.
The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. Horses in the countryside.

View the vineyards - The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines.
The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. Birds flying around the castle tower.
The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines.

The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. See a full tour of the winery and castle.
The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. The family lives in the castle.

The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. Giacamo poses with Ceri Smith of Biondivino the best italian wine shop in San Francisco.
The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. See the sun setting over the vineyards.

The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines in Lombardy.

Alfio from Biondivino in San Francisco climbing the tower. The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines.

The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. A view from the castle's tower.

The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. A view from the top of the castle's tower.

The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. The family lives in the castle and often holds events.
The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. The door to the castle.
The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. The family lives in the castle. You can view the alps on a clear day.
The Taste SF, culinary photographers and bloggers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines.

The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. The courtyard of the castle.
The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. A view from inside the castle.

The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. The countryside in Pavia.
The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. Door in the castle.
The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. The vista of the vineyards.
The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. Beautiful corners and windows in the castle.

The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends that you visit and drink wine from this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. Tasting from the tank.
The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. Winemaking in steel tanks

The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. Wine being stored in a tank.

The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. Giacomo shows us the bottling process at the winery.
The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. Bottles of wine.

The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. Wine aging in barrels.

The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. The bottling machine
The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends that you visit and drink wine from this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines.

The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. Giacomo and Ceri Smith from Biondivino discuss winemaking with Alfio.
The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines.

The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. Tasting from the steel tanks with Giacomo.
The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. Giacomo looking at the color of his wine.

The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. The beautiful castle.
The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. Walking down the path by the castle.
The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. The huge door to the beautiful castle.
The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. Sunset over the hills.
The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. Looking back at the beautiful castle.
The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. A moment as the sun sets near his brothers home.
The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends that you visit and drink wine from this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. The vineyards go on for miles.
The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. Antonio Baruffaldi’s home and gardens.
The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. Tour his brother's home.
The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. Antonio Baruffaldi’s home on the estate.
The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. Antonio Baruffaldi’s garden with rosemary.
The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. Antonio Baruffaldi’s beautiful gardens.
The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. Close up look at the vines.

The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. Close up look at the vines in the vineyard.
The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. A look at the vines in the vineyard.

The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. A look at the vines.
The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. A look at the vines in the vineyard in Lombardy.

The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. Tasting wine and making schita.
The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. The stove that Giacomo built for his wife.

The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. Tasting wine with their family.

 

Giacomo drove us up the mountain to the castle and then guided us up the wooden steps to the top of the castle tower to take in the incredible views, which on a clear day extend to the Alps. We headed into the cellar to taste wine directly from the tanks, and finally to the Baruffaldi’s home for a seated tasting of their beautiful wines, accompanied by a massive wedge of Parmigiano Reggiano and freshly made fried schita (similar to a crepe) made with only flour, water, salt, and oil. This was especially incredible with a topping of local prune jam. Patrizia was literally making hot, fresh schita as quickly as we could eat them!

As with all of the wineries we visited on our trip, Baruffaldi wines are made traditionally and naturally, utilizing organic farming methods and minimal intervention in the cellar. Grapes grown on the estate include Riesling Renano, Pinot Grigio, Muller Thurgau, Croatina, Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Nero.

All of the wines are beautiful, but we were most excited about the Aro, a stunning crisp white wine that we can’t wait to get our hands on when it arrives in the United States. A container had just been picked up the week before our visit, so these wines are now available on the shelves at Biondivino in San Francisco or you can order online here..

 

If you are in San Francisco, you have a fantastic opportunity to taste all their wines on Friday, July 27, 2018. Biondivino is throwing a “secret garden” party featuring wines of Castello di Stefanago. Click here to get more information and buy your tickets. We’ve heard that there are only a few left! 

 

 

The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. A look at the vines in Pavia.The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. The stove that Giacomo built for his wife.

The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. Tasting wine.

The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. See more from the castle inside and out!

The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends that you visit and drink wine from this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. Tasting the wine from the tank.

The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. Giacomo looking at the color of his orange wine.

The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. Giacomo looking at the color of the wine. The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. Giacomo share the wine from steel tanks.

The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. Giacomo shows us the bottling process.

The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. See more of the house tour.

The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. See more of the tour here.

The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. A look at the grape vines in the vineyard. The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. A look at the vineyard.

The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. The fireplace in the castle used for warmth.

The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. A variety of wines.

The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. Antonio Baruffaldi’s home and gardens at sunset.

The Taste SF, culinary photographers, recommends visiting this magical winery in northern Italy. Castello di Stefanago is near the town of Pavia in Lombardy. Winemaker and owner Giacomo Baruffaldi gives us a tour of the winery where they make Baruffaldi natural wines. The vineyards at the winery.

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