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Il Drago e le 8 Colombe is a masterpiece wine

A Supertuscan for those who love Tuscan cuisine but also something more multiethnic, Il Drago e le 8 Colombe is appreciated by the young and by those who love small masterpiece productions

2015 is a 5 star harvest, 2015 is a lucky year because the vineyards remained miraculously unharmed while all around all sort of things were going wrong: in Torrita hailstones as large as tangerines, water bobs flooding the nearby Buonconvento. But in the vineyards small perfect clusters were ripening, more beautiful than we had seen for a long time.

THE NAME

The Il Drago e le 8 Colombe symbolizes the 8 women who work in the winery at Fattoria del Colle –together with Casato Prime Donne in  Montalcino these are the first in Italy with an all female staff- and the only man who can influence the productive choices : Carlo Gardini, husband to Donatella Cinelli Colombini the owner.

dragoTHE SECRET

The Il Drago e le 8 Colombe is a Supertuscan, which means it does not belong to any DOC appellation but is a “masterpiece” wine, a small production  born for the creativity and wine making passion that’s has enabled Donatella Cinelli Colombini to experiment in Trequanda with Sagrantino, variety from the nearby Umbria.

The Sangiovese, Merlot, and Sagrantino grapes used to produce this wine are born in Fattoria del Colle. They are cultivated following the organic regime with great manual care. Harvesting is also done by hand, at different times: firs the Merlot, then the Sangiovese and the Sagrantino for last. Read more…

Montalcino a village of wine and wine sellers

Let’s take a peek at the wine stores and restaurants in Montalcino to see how wine tourism is changing and how the trade that welcomes it changes too

Enoteca-Pierangioli- Montalcino-Stefania

Enoteca-Pierangioli- Montalcino-Stefania

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Brunello, Casato Prime Donne

On one thing everyone agrees << 2017 has been a great year for tourism in the Brunello region>> . Helped by the hot climate that has urged people to leave the cities, but has put our vines through great difficulties, but it also has increases tourism in the countryside by putting in a line row and rows of fantastic beautiful days.

Lots of tourists and lots of tasting and shopping.

While talking to those who work in contact with tourists it is possible to discover some curious things.  The wine lovers who come to Montalcino desire most of all to discover Brunello and concentrate their buying sprees on this <<they are not even interested in the Rosso di Montalcino, they want only Brunello>> says Sergio Pierangioli who however admits <<your Cenerentola Doc Orcia sells well, maybe it’s because of the name, maybe because of the label, maybe because it is different …>>.

Enoteca-BD-Bruno Dalmazio-Montalcino

Enoteca-BD-Bruno Dalmazio-Montalcino

There is though another sort of wine lover that wants to taste and most of all buy excellent bottles from the most famous Italian appellations and so has stores ship them home bottles of Barolo, Amarone, Aglianico … <<they do not have the time to visit all of the famous wine regions but they want to buy these wines because in Brazil or Canada they would cost much much more>> they explain in the BD Bruno Dalmazio wine store. Read more…


IOsonoDONATELLA Brunello 2012

IOsonoDonatella 2012 Brunello

IOsonoDonatella 2012 Brunello

IOsonoDONATELLA  Brunello 2012 second edition, only 600 bottles, of the most exclusive and important wine by Donatella Cinelli Colombini

<< I have always dreamt of producing a perfectly harmonic wine like this>> says Donatella Cinelli Colombini presenting us with the Brunello 2012 to which she has wanted to give her name IOsonoDONATELLA >>a unique wine with silky tannins and an inebriating aroma of small ripe red berries. A potent wine that will last for decades, but also very pleasant for those who decide to drink it today>>.

Only 600 bottles made exclusively in the best vintages.IOsonoDONATELLA is a masterpiece, something rare and exclusive, where the Tuscan wine producer has included her dreams and her history.

IOsonoDonatella Brunello di Montalcino 2012

IOsonoDonatella Brunello di Montalcino 2012

It is made on the northern slope of Montalcino, from the grapes of a small vineyard called Ardita, in a splendid sunny area. Here in the Casato Prime Donne winery it has aged for nearly three years in 5-7 hl oak casks, these are handmade by 4 French artisan workshops. The barrels containing this Brunello have red ceramic hearts on them so that everybody, especially the cellar staff, cosset them and so that there is no mixing with wine from the other barrels. Before going into bottle the wine stayed six months in a bare concrete egg shaped vat to oxygenate and get even more velvety. A small touch of elegance but also a return to the past and to old Tuscan traditions going back at least 500 years. Read more…

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…

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