Castello Banfi is one of the most prestigious Italian wine producers. The company was established in the 1970s by two Italo-American brothers, John and Harry Mariani, and is now well known in more than 50 countries. Castello Banfi is a rarity among Italian wine estates, not just because of its size (some 7,100 acres in a unique region, of which around 2,400 acres are planted with vines), its composition of single vineyards, or its state-of-the-art winery, but because it was started from scratch fewer than 35 years ago.
In its early years, Castello Banfi used an IBM ERP system that was tailored to the wine production industry. Due to its incompatibility with PeopleSoft reporting systems used in the US headquarter, the company considered solutions from SAP and Oracle. Castello Banfi chose Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne for its flexibility and scalability, which the SAP system did not provide.
Castello Banfi upgraded to JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.0 —which was divided into three phases—in approximately 11 months. During the initial phase, the company studied its existing processes and identified areas for improvement. In the second phase, the company outlined a logical model that would enable it to easily bring the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne system on board. Finally, the company adapted the solution to its specific processes.
Castello Banfi selected Oracle specialized partner Sinfo One for its extensive experience with Oracle’s JD Edwards platform as well as its significant references in the food and beverage sector. In addition to typical IT support, Sinfo One continues to support Castello Banfi with industry-specific IT consulting expertise.