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“Points of view”, this is how women see the landscape

Carlotta, Giuditta and Annibale Parisi – three artists in one – who whilst playing transform objects and allow one to enter a more than real reality

Annibale Carlotta Giuditta Parisi Montalcino Punti di Vista

Annibale Carlotta Giuditta Parisi Montalcino Punti di Vista

Among the Brunello vineyards, three Montalcino artists propose a work of art that resembles a game but instead helps us to consider the concepts of vision and gender. A pile of rubble with some metal wheel-barrows positioned on top, but these wheelbarrows positioned upside down are now seats and the position is particularly apt to admire the beautiful countryside all around. Is this an invitation for guests? Of course it is !

The wheelbarrows have been painted with the images of women. Echoes of Léger, Picasso, Modigliani, Gauguin, Frida Khalo, Matisse and only one by the poetic Carlotta Parisi … is this a game too? Evidently it is. A situation half way between the daily work routine and a dream, with its revelation transformations of reality which is more than real. This is the work of art by Carlotta, Giuditta and Annibale Parisi, it is a consideration on the concept of vision: reality which changes according to the point of viewing, objects which transform thanks to imagination, women how are seen in a different way with the passing of time, and they have a vision of the world dictated “by gender”.
“Punti di vista”-“Points of view” is one of a series of works of art, created by Tuscan artists, to accompany the quotations by the winners of the Casato Prime Donne award. This is practically an open air museum wanted by Donatella Cinelli Colombini near her winery staffed by women. Here the theme “woman” is a categorical imperative and the three Parisi family members have filled it with new and decidedly intriguing contents.
Here we will tell you the birth of “Punti di vista” with characters and episodes which have brought the work of art to its accomplishment. A family of artists, the Parisis, similar to those medieval painters in workshops where everyone had their role in the production of a work of art. Read more…

Vote for the best photograph for the Casato Prime Donne award 2013

Vote for the most beautiful photograph of the Brunello and Orcia territories, a wonderful countryside that Unesco, has in part, selected as a World heritage site

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Check  the 5 finalist images and vote for your favourite one. Click the banner below 

"Casato Prime Donne" Award vote for the best photo

Vote for the best photo!

Want to know more? Visit  www.cinellicolombini.it/en/casato-prime-donne-award.html.

The voting box is on the right high up in the page, there is also some information regarding the award and the winners of past editions.

The 5 finalist photographs are really wonderful; they have been chosen by the  Casato Prime Donne 2013 jury which includes Francesca Cinelli Colombini, Rosy Bindi, Anselma Dell’Olio, Anna Pesenti, Stefania Rossini, Anna Scafuri e Daniela Viglione.

From these 5, with your vote, you will help decide the winner.

Montalcino, 2012 winning photo

Gianfranco Bracci, winning photo 2012

They portray the territory in Southern  Tuscany where special wines like  Brunello and Orcia are made. Hills where man and natures work have created a perfect harmony which has miraculously been preserved through time. A territory which has been photographed millions of times and so, it really is difficult to catch a special shot as everything is a  déjà vu and it is very easy to be rhetoric.

The Casato Prime Donne award, has now reached its 15th edition. It emphasizes the best journalistic and photographic contributions regarding the wine territories south of Siena, and every year it chooses a  “Prima Donna”. An emblematic personality, from the world of women, who has   given meaningful help or who has been of example to other women. In the past  we have had winners such as the stylist Carla Fendi, the astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, the scientist Ilaria Capua and the courageous mayor from  Locride  Maria Carmela Lanzetta.

Those visiting  Casato Prime Donne find a trace of these extraordinary women , as they have left a quotation next to the works of art by young artists.

In the hall dedicated to Ilda Bartoloni, the journalist to whom we owe the present format of the award,  we exhibit the winning photographs of the past 15 editions. A spectacular panorama of the Brunello and Orcia territories seen by the greatest landscape and travel photographers. We’ll be waiting for you !

Italian recipe: how to cook a tasty and coloured chicken

A recipe created for the event of Calici di Stelle  2012 and for the Casato Prime Donne Award 2012 held at the Osteria di Donatella of the Fattoria del Colle 

Fattoria del Colle-Chicken-Mars

Fattoria del Colle-Chicken-Mars

The recipe was enjoyed by everyone, in fact it was greeted with enthusiastic acclaim during the night of the falling stars and for the dinner in occasion of Casato Prime Donne Award . It is a new recipe, it was conceived by Antonio Corsano, who based the idea on traditional Renaissance Tuscan cuisine with its combination of savoury and sweet flavours, the use of spices and especially the inclusion of tarragon which is present in many foods from ancient Siena times.

Ingredients for 4 people: 2 whole chicken breasts, a quarter of a red onion, 1 teaspoon of saffron, 1 tablespoon of raisins soaked in Vin Santo, 1 tablespoon of toasted pine nuts, flour, extra virgin olive oil, salt, a mix of white, black and Jamaica pepper, some juniper berries, 4 small toasted bread croutons. For the tomato sauce: 4 ripe tomatos, tarragon  leaves, a sprig of basil, a tablespoon of cream, a knob of butter, salt and pepper and extra virgin olive oil to taste

Preparation of the tomato sauce: Wash the tomatoes then remove their insides, bring them to boil in a saucepan of salted water. When they are ready, put them in a food processor and add the tarragon leaves, basil and a little olive oil. Reduce to a fairly smooth sauce. Put the sauce in a saucepan and cook over low heat adding the cream and butter. The sauce is ready when it takes on the consistency of a soft batter.

Preparation of the Chicken: Open the chicken breasts and split them into eight fillets, flour them and fry in a pan with

Fattoria del Colle-Antonio-Corsano-Chicken-of-Mars

Fattoria del Colle-Antonio-Corsano-Chicken-of-Mars

the oil and the onion. When the chicken has just acquired a golden colour add the saffron (previously dissolved in a glass with a splash of warm water), the raisins with the vinsanto and the pine nuts. Serve the dish on four plates by first placing a spoonful of the tomato sauce (which we previously prepared), then on top put small slices of hot toast and on top of that two chicken fillets for each person. Before serving, sprinkle with the mix of aromatic peppers.

N.B. The tomato sauce can be replaced by a non-spicy red pepper sauce

Advise for gluttons by Donatella Cinelli Colombini

All the winners of Casato Prime Donne Award 2012

The Casato Prime Donne Award 2012 was given to Maria Carmela Lanzetta, Giorgio Dell’Orefice, Luciano Ferraro, Montalcino News and Gianfranco Bracci

Journalists of Montalcino-News

Journalists of Montalcino-News

Monasterace is a town where a pharmacist married with two children, a normal woman, has become a modern hero. She is a mayor who has remained in place despite attacks and personal threats thereby becoming a symbol and a shining example for all women. This is our Prima Donna 2012, the star of our ceremony in Montalcino, which is taking place on Saturday, September 15th at 5pm in the Astrusi Theatre, together with Giorgio Dell’Orefice, Luciano Ferraro, Montalcino News and Gianfranco Bracci, other award winners from the stunning countryside where we produce our wonderful Brunello and the Doc Orcia wines.

It is amongst this beautiful countryside that you find the Casato Prime Donne which is owned by Donatella Cinelli Colombini. It is a winery the first in Italy with an all-female staff, which organizes the prize and promotes the merits of the selected female model individual amongst society much as it promotes its barrels of Brunello. The shining female example that the judges of the prize Casato Prime Donne were looking for was easily recognised in the

Maria-Carmela-Lanzetta Prima Donna 2012

Maria-Carmela-Lanzetta Prima Donna 2012

individual Maria Carmela Lanzetta, the italian mayor who has suffered the burning down of her family pharmacy business, survived three gunshots at her car and numerous other threats, and despite all of this she has stuck to her principles and maintained her post as mayor which has gained the respect and solidarity of the national institutions and also of her countrymen. Her courage is a wonderful inspiration to everyone, which hopefully will spread and give hope for a different future to the areas in which compliance with the rules are still a source of risks and sacrifices.

She will be joined by renowned journalists and photographers who have made



a significant contribution to the dissemination of Montalcino and its wines. Among the four photographer finalists Gianfranco Bracci, Marcello Ballerini, Kris Ubach, Grant Michelle and Pearson Douglas, the jury chose the first one as winner. The decision was made via Internet from all over the world. The prize  “Io e Montalcino” went to Giorgio Dell’ Orefice for his articles published in the newspaper “Il Sole 24 ore”. The President of the Consortium of  Brunello Fabrizio Bindocci awarded Luciano Ferraro from the “Corriere della Sera” for the section “Il Brunello e gli altri vini di Montalcino”. The Prize “Montalcino la sua storia, la sua arte, il suo vino” went to the  women journalists of Montalcino News for reinventing the local newspaper in a modern format.



Montalcino, Casato Prime Donne Award 2012 to Maria Carmela Lanzetta

Maria Carmela Lanzetta, the italian mayor who has resisted organized crime, is the Prima Donna 2012

The Casato Prime Donne Award that every years chooses an emblem tic woman, will be awarded on September 15th 2012 in Montalcino, to the Mayor of Monasterace, the woman who is a symbol of civil courage and resistance to organized crime through applying the “Regole per un Paese Normale”



Maria Carmela Lanzetta reached the National headlines last spring when she decide to maintain the role as mayor after her family owned chemist shop was set fire to, and after repeated threats which finished with three rifle shots on her Fiat Panda. She had resigned, but when the citizens and the institutions rallied around her headed by the Ministro dell’Interno Annamaria Cancellieri, she then decided to maintain her position.
It is because of her courage and her civil commitment that the Jury of the “Casato Prime Donne” award – Francesca Cinelli Colombini, Rosy Bindi, Anselma Dell’Olio, Anna Pesenti, Stefania Rossini, Anna Scafuri and Daniela Viglione – chooses her a san example of new femininity.
On the phone Maria Carmela Lanzetta commented <<I really did not expert this award, but I am very happy to receive it, a sit come s from a land which I love and where often I go on holiday>>.

After the stylist Carla Fendi, the astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, the



Olympic athlete Josefa Idem, the scientist Ilaria Capua the list of past winners of the Casato Prime Donne award is now richer with a personality symbol of resistance to organized crime.
These women who have received the award, in different ways represent the female universe which is expanding, where talent, tenacity and courage are often put to the service of society. An indispensable contribution , that from women, for civil, cultural, and economic growth, but most of all for the virtuous dynamics which comes about and which the “Prime Donne” in Montalcino interpret at the highest level.

The award is organized by Donatella Cinelli Colombini and her Brunello producing winery of which it bears the name, Casato Prime Donne. This is the first winery in Italy with an all female staff born to emphasize women’s potential in the wine world.


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