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The Prime Donne at the NY Wine Experience: a dream come true

Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s Brunello flies to the NY Wine Experience, the famous tasting of the 250 top wines selected by Wine Spectator for their prestige and quality

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Brunello-riserva-2010-NY-Wine-Experience

It’s 18 years old, the young company of Donatella Cinelli Colombini (it was born in 1998) is of age now and it has received the most desired invitation of all, the debutantes’ ball of wine cellars.

The invitation to the Wine Experience, the tasting organized in New York by the prestigious American magazine Wine Spectator. A selection of the 278 best wines in the world selected for thier prestige and quality.

A tasting so exclusive that attracts winelovers from all over because here they are certain to find the best of the best and a lot of new products. The ticket costs 2.495$ and it has a limited number, and the tickets are purchased online until the fully booked. For Donatella Cinelli Colombini there has been another gift: hers is one of the 4

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New-York-Wine-Experience-2015

Brunello chosen to be part of the seminar. She will be speaking in front of 1.000 people, telling the story of a country house in ruins that becomes the first Italian winery with a staff of all women; and the story of the Ardita vineyard, a small piece of land about 2 hectars, that produces extraordinary grapes with an extraordinary qualitative continuity in the different vintages. A magical place for the cultivation of Sangiovese. Read more…

Vote for the best image of Val d’Orcia, the five finalists are now online!

Brunello and Orcia people and land “ is the theme of this prize. The Casato Prime Donne Award dedicates as usual a section to photography and to the best snap of the Val d’Orcia, a wonderful countryside that Unesco has made world heritage site in 2004.

The 5 finalist photos have been chosen by the award’s jury made up of Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Rosy Bindi, Anselma Dell’Olio, Anna Pesenti, Stefania Rossini, Anna Scafuri ad Daniela Viglione.

Until September 4th it will be possible to access the voting box so as to choose the winner. It is sufficient to click on the button here below, look at the 5 images and choose your favourite; this can be done only once.

http://www.cinellicolombini.it/it/vota-la-foto-premio-casato-prime-donne-2016

Casato Prime Donne Award - Photographic Contest

Casato Prime Donne Award – Photographic Contest

The Casato Prime Donne Award has reached this year its 18th edition. It emphasizes the best work by journalists and photographers regarding the wine  territories in south of Siena and every year chooses a “Prima Donna”,  a woman who during the year stands out because of her way of life or in her work so as to become an example to women and not only. The list of past winners includes extraordinary women such as Samantha Cristoforetti the astronaut, Ilaria Capua the scientist, Sandra Savaglio,  Giuseppina Maria Nicolini Mayor of Lampedusa. At Casato Prime Donne each of them has left a quotation that has been inscribed on a travertine block and put next pieces of contemporary art by young Tuscan artists. The Auteur trail winds its way through the Brunello vineyards and around the winery and during the past few years has become a meditation itinerary as well as an example of land art.

The winning photograph will also remain forever exhibited inside the Ilda Bartoloni Hall- she was the journalist to whom we owe the format of this award – together with the 17 other winning images of previous editions. A spectacular panorama of the Brunello and Orcia wine territories as seen by the greatest landscape photographers, who have all been struck by the image a lady grape picker or an ethereal sunrise amidst the fog, or by a vineyard in autumn, or by a solitary cypress tree alone on a hill. A thousand  fascinating aspects of these territories in the southern part of Tuscany where the wonderful Brunello and Orcia wines are made and that present us every day with this show of a harmonious meeting between nature and man, who with respect has modelled it.

For more information
Casato Prime Donne – Antonella Marconi -+39 0577 849421 casato@cinellicolombini.it
Fattoria del Colle – Alessia Bianchi – +39 0577 662108 pr@cinellicolombini.it

The cities where they drink more wine

Paris uncorks 697 millions of bottles per year, in second place there is Buenos Aires followed by Ruhr metropolitan area in Germany

By Donatella Cinelli ColombiniMontalcinoCasato Prime Donne

Paris is the city where they drink more wine

Paris is the city where they drink more wine

Among the cities where they drink more wine in the world 3 are Italians: Milan, Naples and Rome. Milan is in 4th position overall with 301 million bottles. Naples surprisingly beats Rome with 188 million bottles and places 8th in the world, while the Eternal City stops at 177 million bottles. The real surprise comes by comparing these numbers with the inhabitants and tourists for each city. In fact Rome is definitely the most densely populated among them, with over 8,5 million people, while Milan doesn’t reach 1,5 million and Naples is under 1 million.

To that we need to add the tourists, notoriously big fans of Italian cuisine, that gladly indulge in wine tastings and shopping, to the point where one out of two usually goes home with an Italian bottle in their luggage.

In the ranking of the most visited Italian cities, Rome (with 8.780 million arrivals)

Naples is the city that "drinks" more wine in Italy

Naples is the city that “drinks” more wine in Italy

dominates over Milan (6.050.000) that gets second place and we find Naples only in 9th place. So, overall, the study carried out by the Isneec Wine & Spirit Insitute business school on the data collected by OIV leaves us a little perplexed.

It reminds us of the study carried out a few years ago on the “Nations with the highest wine consumption per person”, that saw on the first place of the ranking the Vatican City, unleashing the most blasphemous comments on the usage of wine during Mass. Actually, at least in that case, the ratio between the 800 residents and the tourists’ wine consumption easily explained the statistics. Read more…

Wine tourism is one of the 725 Passion Tourisms

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Wine Tourism – Wine road Umbria

Wine lovers online are just one of the 363 tribes that communicate, share, look for exclusive opportunities and travel. They are obviously tourists with a passion

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini

JFC FerruzziMassimo Tursismo&management are a research centre and consulting agency among the best in Italy and periodically they send analysis. In september2015 they shared a study regarding industrial tourism that was very very interesting. At this moment, when no one else is thinking about it the Italian industrial museums have 880.000 visitors per year, but the Railway Museum in York in the UK, alone, has 770.000 tourists , so the potential is enormous because there are 166 Italian companies that could become a tourism destination

tourism of passions and fireworks

tourism of passions and fireworks

Wine tourism is full of opportunities and changes. The reasons for a trip change with the birth of new passions, or rather with those 725 personal interests that look for exclusive events to be shared online. That is how 363 “tribes” are born with rites to be shared, a sort of language and own rules. <<Interest becomes in fact a “passion” when this creates a virtual community through communication, sharing, information>>says Massimo Ferruzzi creator of the survey, while underlining that , in 2013 the Italian “tourism of passions” generated 38 million night stays (of which 33,6 in Italy) for a business that regards one and a half billion euro. Read more…

Minerality in wine: yeast not terroir

Many now exclude a connection between the  mineral ‘licked stones’ character in wine and the soil, they believe that it is the yeasts in wine that give flint aroma

Chablis

Chablis

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More and more research is being done as the fashion for mineral character increases especially in English speaking nations. All wineries would like to give a mineral touch to their wines, but until the cause in unknown it will be difficult to increase

Minerality

Minerality

Now everyone is sure that it does not come from the soil. Researchers now smile at the widespread idea that stones give taste and aroma to wines. <<With the odd and fairly irrelevant exceptions like sodium chloride, by and large, minerals have no taste.>> says Alex Maltman, geologist at the Aberystwyth University! Read more…

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