Our mission is to nurture Banfi’s leadership position by offering wines of superior quality, and fostering the appreciation of wine through education, while maintaining family ownership, business ethics, and a culture of teamwork and pride in shared success.
The Banfi Vintners Foundation
The Banfi Vintners Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Banfi Vintners, America’s leading wine importer, led today by the children and grandchildren of company founder John F. Mariani, Sr. Encouraged by their success in business, the Mariani family established the Banfi Foundation and from its earnings contributes to leading national charities and higher education through scholarships, fellowships and grants-in-aid.
To promote greater knowledge of the fine wines of Europe and the U.S., the Foundation has endowed the Banfi Chair of Wine Education at Cornell University and provided funding for a Chair of Economics at Colgate University themed to the American economy and the importance of the free enterprise system.
In addition, each year the Foundation provides scholarships for students at select hospitality and business colleges to travel to Italy for seminars on that nation’s wine and food culture. The Foundation sponsors professional enrichment tours for members of the Guild of Sommeliers to visit several of Italy’s key winemaking regions to more deeply understand that country’s wine and food culture and to passionately communicate its stories to American consumers.
Among other imaginative philanthropic endeavors, the Banfi Foundation provided seed money to help Catholic Relief Services build a technical school, an orphanage and a housing project in Potenza, Italy, for 6,000 people who had been left homeless by that country’s tragic earthquake in 1980. The project consisted of 850 three-room units, completely furnished and rent-free.
More recently, the Foundation contributed to Tsunami relief in Indonesia in 2004, earthquake relief in Chile in 2010, and on a regular basis works with many local charitable organizations with causes that touch the heart and serve the greater community.