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Extraordinary harvest and racking weekends

Extraordinary harvest and racking weekends in the land of Brunello with unique, fun experiences that show you how fine wines are born


Weekend vendemmia e svinatura Donatella Cinelli  Colombini

Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Fattoria del Colle

A different harvest and racking weekend, created to charm you and teach both to the starts and the more expert. The program proposes in fact fun and unusual activities that are also very informative, where everybody, in different ways, learns how great wines are born and the sensitivity necessary to interpret in different ways the grapes from each harvest and from each vineyard.


Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s two wineries are small but internationally known, Casato

Wine Tours Casato Prime Donne Montalcino

Wine Tours Casato Prime Donne Montalcino

Prime Donne in Montalcino and Fattoria del Colle in southern Chianti. With an all female staff they produce fine wines – Brunello, Chianti Superiore, Orcia, Supertuscan- that each year obtain excellent ratings from important wine press from all over the world.


The stay during the harvest and racking takes place at Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda in the area with the most intact and charming panoramas in Tuscany . Practically a small 16th century hamlet with villa (a tour of the historical halls is foreseen), chapel, winery, and old farmhouses now transformed into apartments and rooms for guests.

Agriturismo Vinoterapia Toscana Fattoria del Colle 4Authenticity in the location, and inthe furnishings that give an intimate note to your stay. There is also the possibility of being cosseted by massages and by the vinotherapy in our wellness area where our expert therapists, a sauna, Turkish baths, Jacuzzi pool, all this offers an alternative to the wine experiences.

In the restaurant Roberta Archetti the chef will prepare old and new dishes to match and exalt our wines.

Price per person 264,00 euro including a two night stay with breakfast , two dinners, a brunch, all the activities, tours, the tastings, a personalized bottle of Brunello 2012 and the participation certificate

Federica Bertocchini is the Prima Donna 2017

The Casato Prime Donne Award 2017 goes to the biologist Federica Bertocchini and to the journalists  Pietro Di Lazzaro, Stefano Pancera and Vannina Patanè

Federica Bertocchini winner of the Casato Prime Donne award 2017

Federica Bertocchini winner of the Casato Prime Donne award 2017

Federica Bertocchini 49 years old, a molecular biologist from  Piombino has discovered the worm that eats plastic. A discovery that might resolve great environmental problems, especially in the sea where there is a floating isle of garbage the size of  Texas. Regardless the discovery, because of a shortage of funds for research Federica, for the past few months has been unemployeed.

To  Federica Bertocchini and the world of science , generous and attentive so the environment that she represents, goes the Casato Prime Donne Award 2017 by unanimous decision of the jury, made up of Donatella Cinelli Colombini President, and Rosy Bindi, Anselma Dell’Olio, Anna Pesenti, Stefania Rossini, Anna Scafuri and Daniela Viglione.

Together with her, in the journalistic and photography sections, reserved to those who have best divulged Montalcino and its wines, the awards go to

Pietro-di-Lazzaro-TG3--Casato-Prime-Donne-Award -2017

Pietro-di-Lazzaro-TG3–Casato-Prime-Donne-Award -2017

Pietro di Lazzaro for his TV program on the  50th  anniversary of the  Consorzio del Brunello shown on TG3 RAI, Stefano Pancera for the program titled Il futuro del vino italiano nelle mani dei giovani  shown on Mattino 5 Mediaset and Vannina Patanè for the article Montalcino acqua e vino published in “In Viaggio” in April 2017. To these will be added the photographer of the best photo of the Brunello and Orcia territories that shall be chosen during the month of August among 5 finalists by a popular jury online. Read more…

Vote the 2017 winning photo of the Casato Prime Donne award

Fantasy o realistic, evocative or descriptive …. You can be one of those who chooses the 2017 winning photo to represent the Brunello and Orcia territories among the 5 finalist masterpieces


Click here and open the voting panel with the 5 finalist images of the  Casato Prime Donne award among which to choose the 2017 winning photo. It will be possible to vote online until September 4th and you can express only one preference.

Andrea Rabissi - Discreta Presenza Premio Casato Prime Donne 2016

Andrea Rabissi – Discreta Presenza Premio Casato Prime Donne 2016

Come on, it’s time to vote! It is fun and your opinion is important.

The 5 finalist images renard the territories where the Brunello and Orcia wines are produced, 13 villages: Montalcino, Pienza, Buonconvento, Castiglione d’Orcia, Radicofani, San Quirico d’Orcia and Trequanda, parts of Abbadia San Salvatore, Chianciano Terme, San Casciano dei Bagni, Sarteano and Torrita di Siena.

A territory, this, most of which is part of the Unesco world heritage site famous for its beauty and history. This is a difficult competition because all of the best professional landscape photographers have pointed their lenses towards these soft hills, the cypress trees in San Quirico, the grape growers Etruscan faces, the Vitaleta Chapel, wineries, the Foce gardens …. So that they have become icons of Tuscany, true and beautiful. In other words a post card effect, something like a “déjà vu” can in some way hinder those looking. However everybody wants to try, professionals and amateurs.

Premio Casato Prime Donne Luna a Torrenieri Andrea Rontini

Premio Casato Prime Donne Luna a Torrenieri Andrea Rontini

Every year the winner is chosen online by a popular jury, who choose among the 5 finalists previously selected by the Casato Prime Donne jury.

The winning images are exhibited permanently in Montalcino, al Casato Prime Donne, in the hall dedicated to Ilda Bartoloni, the Rai journalist who passed away in 2009 to whom we owe the present formula of the Casato Prime Donne Award. Together these images create a collection of great quality and value that tells of the different  and personal views of the countryside where the Brunello and Orcia wines are born Read more…

Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s wine medal collection

The excellent ratings from the International press regarding Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s wines made in the first Italian wineries to be staffed only by women

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini, MontalcinoBrunelloCasato Prime Donne

Donatella Cinelli Colombinis' wine

Donatella Cinelli Colombinis’ wine

The results are excellent, for the whole range, obviously the Brunello bottles obtain higher ratings, but even the simpler wines have had excellent reviews. It is a great motive of pride, and means that all has been done well in the vineyard and in the cellar, but most of all it also signifies having a great respect for one’s clients. <<In my winery there are not bottles especially for journalists and VIP’s, we have some sections at higher prices, but all the bottles are the same and the market is repaying us for this choice of honesty and correctness>>.

Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino and Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda have 34 hectares of vineyards cultivated organically and manually cared for.

Donatella Cinelli Colombini's wine

Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s wine

There are two cellars, in historic buildings and fermentation areas in modern structures. Here to the passion and daily attention are evident in the handmade tonneaux, the new truncated cone shaped bare concrete vats , the plungers that allow the fermentation to happen without the use of pumps… so many details that help preserve the natural harmony that wine gets from grapes. In the end, only 160.000 bottles sold in 35 nations but none go to supermarkets.

<<Here are the ratings for my last vintages>> says Donatella Cinelli Colombini, quite rightly proud <<I shall be expecting you in Tuscany to see my small but wonderful wineries>> Read more…

Millionaire chefs, here are Italy’s richest

The millionaire Italian chefs are the Carea brothers form the Da Vittorio restaurant with 15.461.86515 € followed by  Alajmo and by Cannavacciuolo

Massimo Bottura e Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Italia a tavola award

Massimo Bottura e Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Italia a tavola award

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Toscana, agriturismo, Fattoria del Colle


The list of golden hobs, the richest Italian chefs , published by Dissapore and by Corriere della Sera, subsequently commented by Cronache di gusto, leaves us speechless for the volume of business that rotates around these prized chefs, the most famous the most seen on tv. Enormous amounts of money. Her is the list proposed by Corriere della Sera

Carea Family Ristorante Da Vittorio in Brusaporto 15.461.865

Carea da Vittorio family

Carea da Vittorio family

Alajmo Brothers 11.256.635€

Antonio Carnavacciuolo 5.381.566€

Massimo Bottura dell’Osteria Francescana 4.896.627€

Niko Romito 3.742.001 €

Carlo Gracco 3.530.712 €

Enrico Bartolini 2.771.041 €

Moreno Cedroni 2.612.028

Joseph Bastianich 2.115.645 €

Gualtiero Marchesi 2.113.800 €

All very good, all working in spectacular kitchens, but also with accessory activities that are very remunerative: TV programs, cooking classes, presentations, publicity… Very diverse activities that often include vineyards, or food productions labeled with their own brand or even real international empires. The Bastianich family for example. The US magazine Celebritynetworth has done some research into  Master Chef’s judge and estimates his International business as around  250 million Dollars. Much more than his mother, the very clever Lidia Bastianich, and Istria refugee who started with a New York restaurant Felidia and the created around 20 different activities, TV programs, recipe books, and even foodstuffs with her own brand, and of course the participation in Eataly USA. She is the best known, most esteemed and loved chef in America.



All over the world TV acts as a multiplicator for chefs’ earnings at this point. To have a television program gives more glamour to ones restaurant and attracts sponsors and gets invitations to events, where there will be a check waiting. A situation which as recently brought to a rough exchange of opinions between  Arrigo Cipriani from Harry’s Bar and Joe Bastianich , where the former accusing the best chefs of staying in front of the  cameras more than in front of the hob and the latter replying with words that were practically offensive.

It is undeniable that the TV is the door to success for Italian kitchens just as and maybe more than abroad.

The list of golden chefs at an International level is a few years old and should probably

Antonino Cannavacciuolo

Antonino Cannavacciuolo

be corrected, with an increase, but still the amounts make your head spin.

The richest chef is Alan Wong, with Japanese and Hawaiian origin, his activity is of 1,1 billion Dollars. Following are two Brits: the wonderful and handsome Jamie Oliver who has  29 restaurants to whom the Sunday Times gives a value of 400 million dollars. Then Gordon Ramsay, he who cooked for William and Kate’s wedding banquet. Those calculating his business talk of about business for 45 million and  175 million in patrimony.

I will close with the list of the richest Italian chefs published by Dissapore and calculated in a different way on the 2015 data. The amounts do not match, but the names are still the same

— Cannavacciuolo consulting di Antonino Cannavacciuolo: 152.443 euro

— La Marchesiana di Gualtiero Marchesi 159.288

— Interland dei fratelli Alajmo: 221.011

— Franceschetta di Massimo Bottura: 474.951

— Abnormal di Alessandro Borghese: 700.635

— Orsone srl di Joseph Bastianich: 845.644

— Niko Romito formazione e consulenza di Niko Romito: 959.102

— Cracco Investimenti di Carlo Cracco: 1.229.674

— Bastianich Estate di Joseph Bastianich: 1.270.001

— Marchesi Milano srl di Gualtiero Marchesi: 1.954.512

— Cedroni di Moreno Cedroni: 2.612.028

— Enrico Bartolini srl Unipersonale di Enrico Bartolini: 2.771041 euro

— R.R. srl – Spazio di Niko Romito: 2.782.899 euro

— Francescana srl di Massimo Bottura: 4.421.676 euro (dato 2014)

— Ca.Pri srl di Antonino Cannavacciuolo: 5.229.123 euro

— Alajmo spa dei Fratelli Alajmo: 11.035.624

— Da Vittorio srl della Famiglia Cerea: 15.461.865

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