By Alice Bracciali, Fattoria del Colle
Our key words are authenticity and excellence. Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s ancestors were already owners of Fattoria del Colle and Casato Prime Donne at the end of the 16th century; these are today open to the public for guided tastings and wine tours.
Our proposals give one the possibility of tasting wines that win International awards and the possibility of learning family history and stories together with other small wine making secrets: during the itinerant tastings in fact you will be guided to discover the most hidden corners of these two historical estates. Among the tours, some of which are very suggestive and fascinating, such as “Let’s play winemaker” and the “Wine and Music tasting”, which are absolute novelties and enrich our portfolio of activities in a curious and captivating way.
The itinerant wine tasting at Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda offers the possibility of entering a farming and aristocratic reality now found only in museums: the visit includes a tasting of 4 of our wines and takes you through the estate kitchen where there is a fireplace so large you can sit in it and to the Chapel called San Clemente (which is still consecrated) where it is possible to admire the paintings of the Sienese School. During the tour you will visit the bedroom that once belonged to the Grand Duke Leopoldo di Toscana, room that protected his clandestine love story with the Contessina Isabella. The tour concludes in the cellar where one finds the oldest parts of the villa, a medieval hermitage where the antique bottles of Brunello are stored. Surrounding Fattoria del Colle stands the most beautiful countryside in the world: on one side the Val d’Orcia with its woods and on the other side the Crete Senesi with its lunar crimped profile recalling the sea, from which they originate. A real paradise for lovers of photography!
At Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino on the other hand the tours include a visit to the fermentation are called Tinaia del Vento, where modern technologies permit a fermentation as done many centuries ago but without the aid of pumps , and, practically in the middle of the Vineyard. In the barrel ageing area fascinating frescoes depicting the history of Montalcino. These stories, a mixture of history and legend, are alternated with the oak barrels and tonneau that contain the Brunello. In this case too the tour is enriched with a tasting of 4 of our wines among which the Brunello and the Rosso di Montalcino. Surrounding the winery and through the vineyards there is a trail enriched with pieces of contemporary art, created by Tuscan artists in honour of the winners of the “Casato Prime Donne” Award, Samantha Cristoforetti, Carla Fendi, Carla Fracci, Josefa Idem and many others.
Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s wines have received through the years many prestigious prizes, but what makes this experience in the winery unforgettable are our proposals: wine lovers here will please not only their palate, the eyes, their ears and why not even their curiosity!
An absolute novelty is the Wine and Music tasting at Casato Prime Donne. 4 wines matched with 4 different pieces of music chosen by Igor Vazzaz, musician and sommelier. A very important role has been given to the locations where the tastings occur: this experience on the whole offers suggestions and feelings that are really intense. A special tour for great wine and music lovers!
For those wishing to experiment in winemaking “Let’s play winemaker” is a pleasant surprise. It is not a real game, but it does not really fit into the category of wine tastings: this is in reality a fun way to learn something, while playing (but not only), about this difficult and fascinating profession. Among glass apparatus and glasses, wine lovers create a blend with three great grape varieties (Merlot, Sangiovese and Sagrantino) and create their own Supertuscan, taking home a little wine knowledge, the wine made, and a diploma!
For the lovers of art, antiques, history, music, chemistry, nature and photography ..our wine tours really are for all great wine lovers!