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The Prince of Wales meets Brunello

On April 1st I met the Prince Charles the Prince of Wales, who charmed me off my feet. I assure you it is not an April fools, quite the contrary here I tell you all

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By Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Toscana, Brunello, Casato Prime Donne

We producers we called to meet at 6 pm, but the royal couple arrived two hours later. Allegra Antinori, Jacopo Biondi Santi, Leonardo Frescobaldi, Vittorio Moretti from Petra, Giuseppe Mazzacolin from Felsina, Giovanni Manetti from Fontodi …. All ready to serve bottles that were impeccably presented by the sommeliers of FIS Fondazione Italiana Sommelier duided by Franco Ricci in person. The setting was spectacular: Villa San Michele, a terrace over Florence with a facade decorated by Michelangelo. The panorama is similar to that seen from my home, where in the 14th century Giovanni Boccaccio set the scene of the “Ninfale fiesolano”, on the other hand maybe my view of Florence is better, but I do not have the exquisite elegance of the halls of this exclusive and romantic hotel. Maybe it is because of this luxury that Prince Charles and his wife Camilla have chosen it for

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their Italian stay.

I was expecting a somewhat sad character, someone frozen by etiquette but surprisingly Prince Charles was delightful, with a stupendously British “sense of humour” and an ability to mingle with people fruit of a life dedicated to his nation. He is an extraordinary ambassador for the United Kingdom, people love him. When I told him that my Brunello Riserva came from a winery staffed only by women he laughed thinking about how it might be cosseted but he was incredible curious about the organic regime in the vineyards <<is it difficult here for you? And how do you cure diseases?> he wanted to know. Read more…

Bank holiday, April 25th with the Orcia Wine Festival 2017

At Fattoria del Colle three days -from 22nd to 25th April- dedicated to “old waters and new wines” in an intense and long weekend of wellness and fine wines

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25th of April Bank holiday: join the activities of the Orcia Wine Festival in San Quirico d’Orcia (wine tastings, dinners, spa and massages, trekking, music videos….) to those proposed in the Casato Prime Donne winery in Montalcino and in Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda and you will have a spectacular program, something unrepeatable and full of emotions, suggestions, and with an unbeatable regenerating effect.

To know and get to know the secrets regarding fine wines is fun…come and see!

Fattoria del Colle is a small hamlet surrounding a villa and a chapel from the 16th century. An authentic location where most of the furniture, in the rooms and apartments is antique. Restaurant, wellness area,

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parks, winery cookery school and trekking trails are a frame for the experiences dedicated to food , local cuisine (brief lessons and themed dinners), to the tastings organized so as to create sensations, such as the itinerant wine tasting, and the game, Playing winemaker where everyone produced the Supertuscan wine of their dreams.

I Montalcino, in the Casato Prime Donne there will be another surprise: a tour of the winery with a Wine and music itinerant tasting created by Igor Vazzaz the sommelier musician and in the new fermentation hall the showing of the video “The dove’s flight”. The programme of the wine tastings for the bank holiday included also a guided tasting of 5 vintages of Brunello, from the just born vintage 2016 to the great Riserva.

In theme with the title “Old waters and modern wines” the wellness area at Fattoria del Colle proposes a bath in the Jacuzzi with panoramic view, with a glass of wine, vinotherapy in the special juniper tub and massages that make the most of the rejuvenating virtues of grapes. Read more…


Vinitaly’s story, where we too have a part

50 years of Vintaly told in a book. People, events, where I, like other producers have participated. A surprising story

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Vinitaly 2016 and Donne del vino

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini Toscana, Montalcino, Casato Prime Donne winery

Did you know that Vintaly was born in Siena? It was called “Mostra mercato dei vini tipici” and took place in the Fortezza Medicea in Siena since 1933. It was the first step towards the appellations approved in 1963 and created three years later.

The wines were presented in a gazebo that every region built separately as if it were a small expo. The event lasted one month and attracted more than 100,000 visitors.

In 1967 Verona takes on the project of creating a wine event inside the Agricultural Fair space. This was already being organized since 1898. The creative genius is Angelo Betti, a volcanic man, from Emilia Romagna who launches the “Giornate del vino italiano” two days of meetings in the Palazzo della Gran Guardia in front of the Arena.

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The name Vinitaly comes in 1971 with the move to empty buildings outside the historical centre. It is only mid-seventies that the mayor of Verona initiates the construction of the pavilions used today. These are the number 8 and 9 still used today, very small and simple compared to the present day sizes. Vinitaly used to take place at the beginning of December and had more than 500 exhibitors. The change of date to April happens in 1980 when the event used to last 8 days. Read more…

Easter in agriturismo with family and dogs

Easter in agriturismo with family and dogs

Spring in the heart and in nature, Easter is the first bank holiday to spend enjoying family, food and fine wines

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Where better than in Tuscany, in the most beautiful countryside in the world? A land where the harmony of immense panoramas has a beneficial effect and is in fact called  “landscape therapy”, where there are places of great spirituality such as the Monte Oliveto Maggiore Abbey (12 km) and Assisi that is an hour away.

To these places that sanctify the Easter there is an addition of fun proposals for gluttons connected to the Brunello and Orcia Doc wineries belonging to Donatella Cinelli Colombini, themed dinners and a cookery lesson also apt for kids, guided tours and wellness.

There is time for the sacred and profane in a large and traditional place like Fattoria del Colle. A place that has in authenticity its major attraction. To stay in one of the farmhouses,now for agriturismo,  transformed into rooms, apartments or villas, where part of the furniture is antique, gives the sensation of living in a home that once belonged to our Tuscan grandparents. The freedom felt is due to the large open spaces that are uncontaminated (the vines are organically grown) where you can sit out in the sun, and allow the kids and dogs to run around, is just what is needed to get over the city stress.

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Tradition and authenticity at all levels: the housewives teach adults and kids how to make pinci, the typical Sienese handmade pasta. The tour of Casato Prime Donne winery in Montalcino takes place with an itinerant tasting that combines music and fine wines, history and modern folklore. A mixture that can charm event the most expert of wine lovers and amuse the children. The Brunello tasted has received International prizes but our way of telling you about them is fascinating like a novel. Read more…


Massages and wine tastings: novelties for a weekend away

Tuscany, Brunello tastings, Chianti and Orcia. Massages and bathing in the Jacuzzi with panorama, candlelit dinners with historical dishes

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A new proposal for a weekend dedicated to wellness and fine wines at Fattoria del ColleMassages and wine tastings: are you looking for a romantic weekend with pleasant regenerating things to do? Here is a proposal created for you: away from traffic, in contact with nature, fine wines and old traditions, with a wellness area for your exclusive use …. You can set off from home in jean and little else because you will always be in relaxing situations, either in designer clothes or with your track suit that is the magic of the Tuscan countryside.

You must bring only one thing: the person you love.

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Fattoria del Colle is a small hamlet with villas, chapel, and old farmhouses that have been transformed into country apartments where the  furniture are antiques , but settees, kitchenettes central heating and Wi-Fi is all modern. All around vineyards and olive groves in an uncontaminated countryside.

The program is full of pleasant moments. Two candlelit dinners in the estate restaurant to taste Pappardelle con sugo di scottiglia, Tagliata di bue chianino, Peposo delle fornaci del cotto … flavours and stories of an old land.

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Massages-and-wine-tastingsi-Montalcino-Casato-Prime-Donne

And then of course winery tours to Casato Prime Donne and Fattoria del Colle with anecdotes and tastings of fine wines such as Brunello and Orcia Doc Cenerentola. A brief lesson regarding “pinci” the tasty big spaghetti from the Siena area that will also be served for dinner.

In the wellness area which can be reserved exclusively for you in an intimate and welcoming ambiance, and that recalls paintings from the 18th century.  The regenerating experience “Couple’s wellness and emotions” includes a scrub in the Turkish bath, couple’s massage with grape-seed oil , this purifies and firms the skin (50 minutes), followed by a bath in the Jacuzzi in front of the  Crete Senesi with a glass of wine in hand.

PRICE PER PERSON EURO 264,00

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