Vakkaru Maldives to host ‘Sip and Savour Tuscany’

A one-of-a-kind wine dinner with famed Banfi vineyard and Michelin star Chef Domenico Francone

 Vakkaru Maldives is worked up to carry a  slice of Tuscany to the island paradise this January with an ultra-exclusive wine dinner on 22 January 2023, in collaboration with the famed Banfi vineyard, one Michelin star Chef  Domenico Francone, and Di-vine Cellars Maldives. 

The one-night-only dinner at Isoletta seaside, will see Chef Domenico create a five-course  dinner showcasing the most effective of Italian flavours paired with a curated choice of wines from  the Banfi portfolio. 

Banfi was based in 1978 by Italian-American brothers John and Harry Mariani. Over the  previous 40 years, Banfi has constructed a profitable and notable historical past via 4 key pillars – pioneering, analysis, innovation, and sustainability – which have helped form the corporate’s  story and contributed to its success. The Banfi is arguably probably the most well-known of the model’s  Italian wineries. Located simply outdoors the hilltop village of Montalcino, in one of many world’s  most well-known wine-producing areas, Tuscany, it produces world-class Brunello’s, Rosso’s  and Super Tuscans. Banfi additionally operates different estates all through Tuscany and Piedmont,  producing varied crimson, white, and rose wines.  

The centrepiece of their in depth vineyards in Tuscany is the beautiful, walled and turreted  Thirteenth-century citadel, Castello Poggio Alle Mura. It homes a lodge, a glass museum, the  Enoteca, and two eating places, together with the one Michelin star, La Sala dei Grappoli — Chef  Domenico Francone’s area. 

Originally from Puglia, Chef Domenico Francone grew up in a household with a powerful culinary  custom. After graduating from the IPSAR Antonio Turi in Matera, he gained expertise in  a number of prestigious Italian and worldwide eating places, together with at German tremendous chef  Heinz Beck’s starred restaurant in London, Apsleys. On his return to Italy, he was provided the  govt chef put up of La Taverna, Castello Banfi’s different restaurant. He then headed the  opening of La Sala dei Grappoli, serving a seasonal menu of conventional Tuscan dishes with a  fashionable twist that received the restaurant its first Michelin Star in 2020. 

Chef Domenico will carry his culinary experience and genuine Tuscan flavours to Vakkaru  and create an unforgettable eating expertise for company. “I’m amazed by the pure  great thing about Vakkaru island and all of the great experiences it provides. I look ahead to  having fun with them when I’m on the island,” he says. 

“I’m thrilled to carry the genuine flavours of Tuscany to Vakkaru and to share my ardour  for Italian delicacies with the company,” says Chef Domenico. “The mixture of my signature  dishes such because the ‘Tortelli like Eggplant Parmigiana’ and the ‘Tenderloin, artichoke,  greens caponata and Brunello di Montalcino Jus’, and the distinctive wines from Banfi  will create a very unforgettable eating expertise. 

Speaking concerning the upcoming dinner, Iain McCormack, General Manager, Vakkaru  Maldives, says, “We are at all times searching for methods to reinforce the visitor expertise at  Vakkaru and provides them elevated culinary choices. Thanks to Di-vine Cellars, this  collaboration with Chef Domenico and Banfi permits us to do exactly that. We can’t watch for our  company to expertise the genuine Italian style and distinctive wines at Isoletta.” 

For reservations and common data, go to or contact  [email protected]. For real-time updates, observe the resort on Facebook at, Instagram @vakkarumaldives and Twitter @vakkarumaldives. 



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