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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…

Last days to participate in the Casato Prime Donne Award 2016

An award that wishes to thank  those who divulge the territory and open new horizons for women. An award born in Montalcino in the first winery in Italy with an all female staff

Casato Prime Donne award winners and jury

Premio Casato Prime Donne vincitori e giuria

There are still a few day left to be able to take part in the Casato Prime Donne 2016 award with photographs , articles, and TV and radio material regarding the wonderful Montalcino territory and Brunello, published between June 15th  2015 and June 1st 2016. Before the 16th of June your entries must reach the Award Secretariat  (Casato Prime Donne 53024 Montalcino SI- casato@cinellicolombini.it).

Art, landscapes…. But most of all people from a land made famous by the excellence of its wines. As a prize there are bottles of prestigious wine as well as money (respectively 1.000 and 1.500 €) and the possibility of spending a week in an agritursimo apartment in

Francesco Caso photo Casato Prime Donne Award 2015

Francesco Caso photo Casato Prime Donne Award 2015

this enchanted countryside.

The winners of the journalistic sections are chosen by the jury made up of Francesca Colombini Cinelli, Rosy Bindi, Anselma Dell’Olio, Anna Pesenti, Stefania Rossini, Anna Scafuri e Daniela Viglione. The list of past winners is full of wonderful names from Italian and International wine journalism: the last edition saw as protagonists Anna Di Martino, Daniele Cernilli , Ian D’Agata,  Costanza Calabrese, Gaia Pianigiani and Walter Speller.

The photographic section on the other hand is awarded tank to a virtual jury who votes online the 5 finalist images. The chosen one sis then exhibited in a permanent way in the Sala Ilda Bartoloni in the Casato Prime Donne winery.

Giusi Nicolini winner of Casato Prime Donne Award 2015

Giusi Nicolini winner of Casato Prime Donne Award 2015

Great emphasis is put on a woman who is chosen for her ethics and courage , chosen among those who most have had an impact on the evolution of the female profile. In the past years we have awarded

2000 – Francesca San Vitale – writer

2001 – Paola Capriolo – writer

2002 – Marta Morazzoni – writer


2003 – Carla Fracci – leading ballerina

2004 – Kerry Kennedy – human rights activist

2005 – Cabrinian Missionary sisters

2006 – Volunteer workers of the Telefono Rosa Association

2007 – Frances Mayes- writer

2008 – Josefa Idem – Olympic athlete

2009 – Ilaria Capua – virologist

2010 – Samantha Cristoforetti – astronaut

2011 – Carla Fendi – Stylist and cultural patron

2012 – Maria Carmela Lanzetta – Mayor of Monasterace

2013 – Linda Laura Sabbadini Director of the ISTAT Department of Social and Environmental Statistics

2014 – Sandra Savaglio – astrophysicist

2015 – Giuseppina Maria Nicolini- Mayor of Lampedusa

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Orcia, the most tourist attracting wine region in Italy

In the wonderful land of DOC Orcia wine, the most beautiful wine in the world, 65% of the wineries have a restaurant or a country inn


Orcia Doc, Fattoria del Colle

Orcia Doc, Fattoria del Colle

The territory where the Orcia wine is born, south of Siena, is between the Brunello di Montalcino and Nobile di Montepulciano wine regions, and is considered the most beautiful wine district in the world. Part of it is a Unesco world heritage site and it contains 13 municipalities, all rich in art and history, as well as thermal spa centres such as Bagno Vignoni, Bagni San Filippo, San Casciano dei Bagni and Chianciano Terme.

So the Orcia DOC wines come from a paradise like landscape that attracts tourists from all over the world. For this reason the Consorzio del vino Orcia has wanted to verify how many of its wineries are open to tourism. The result is extraordinary  65% of the wineries has a country inn or restaurant  <<In other words Orcia is the most touristic wine region in Italy>> said Donatella Cinelli Colombini president of the Consorzio.

Orcia Cenerentola with Roasted duck breast

Orcia Cenerentola with Roasted duck breast

The 13 municipalities of the wine region receive every year more than 1 million tourists and about the same excursionists, those who visit daily.  Also many foreign tourists own a second home in this area. Tourism is a strong source of finance in this area. This economy is intertwined with wine because the wine and food offer is perceived as an important component of the cultural exponent. In other words wine tasting, like a tour to an abbey, enriches the visitors with emotions and knowledge and is enjoyed with the same amount of interest. Read more…

Valentine’s Day with a couple’s massage and a nice wine bath

Eros and relax at Fattoria del Colle with its tub for couple wine bathing and a couple’s massage with extra virgin olive oil with its sensual virtues


Fattoria-del-Colle-vioteraphy and couple's massage

Fattoria-del-Colle-vioteraphy and couple's massage

Not many know this and that is why it is worth trying it now: extra virgin olive oil has aphrodisiacal proprieties and is indicated as an essential emollient to unleash sexuality. The massage with oil, especially if done as a couple prepares the skin for caresses and stimulates the pleasure with its aroma which added to lavender or other natural essences acts as aromatherapy and helps seduction on its way.
Where better to have this experience than at Fattoria del Colle? In the heart of Tuscany, in the midst of olive groves and vineyards, where there is a small 16th century hamlet where one can stay, eat a candle- lit dinner and regenerate in the wellness area. An area where every detail is cared for, exclusive, equipped with sauna, Turkish baths, mini-pool with Jacuzzi, and an area for couples with a wooden tub where to soak in wine and couches for couple massages. The regenerating relaxing and rejuvenating virtues of the water, extra virgin olive oil and wine from Montalcino will make you Valentines’ Day unforgettable Read more…

Screw cap .Gianluca Morino interviewed for you

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Screw caps in wine bottles: for many in Italy this is still taboo. Gianluca Morino, producer from Nizza Monferrato, has been interviewed and he has a different opinion.

Seen for you by Bonella Ciacci

Gianluca Morino,

Gianluca Morino,

I discover by chance, after following him on Twitter and Facebook, that Gianluca Morino, wine producer from Castel Boglione (AT), 43 years old, with a passion for Barbera and Brachetto, is a convinced sustainers of screw caps or Stelvin, and he uses them. As I come from an area in Tuscany where great wines are made such as Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, where just pronouncing the name of this bottles closure is heresy, I get curious, and from this curiosity comes my interview for the producer from Piemonte, another land of great Italian red wines, who challenges tradition.
Gianluca Morino is president of the Associazione Produttori della Barbera d’Asti superiore Nizza. He is an impassioned innovator, he believes in the importance of all that is digital for the economic development of farming estates; he divulges values and beauty of his territory, with the help of the web he is getting wine lovers, journalists and importers from al lover the world to get to know Barbera and Nizza, In 2011 he created #barbera2; in 2013 he created the round table #digitalbarbera.

Bonella Ciacci – In the world of wine producers you are an innovator, you have changed the way wine and a winery are talked about, and even regarding the subject of corks, you seem



to be in step with times. When did you begin to use screw caps?
Gianluca Morino – I have always believed strongly that wine needs to conquer the position that is its due. And to do this thee is a need for innovation in communication to invert the route. I began using the screw cap 2 years ago for a range of three red wines called Vera, in honour of my daughter Veronica. A Dolcetto, a Merlot and a Barbera vinified in steel to exalt the fruit and drinkability that I wish to prepare for the tables of my consumers. It’s for this reason that I have chosen the screw cap, to be sure to have well safe all the work and all the investments that go into producing a wine.
It is not possible to imagine the rotation of a bottle of wine and for how long the consumer will keep it in his cellar before drinking it. In this aspect I am more than sure, because I am firmly convinced that the screw cap is perfect also for wines that must age in the bottle. Read more…

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