With my best wishes for 2018, I am sharing some pleasant memories of 2017, that has been a really fantastic year, even though the grapes were scarce
New Year at Fattoria del Colle
Donatella Cinelli Colombini
2017 ,the year that has just finished, was one with fewer grape clusters but with great commercial successes. The Casato Prime Donne winery in Montalcino Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda sell wine in 37 nations and the wines from our vineyards is just about sufficient to cover all the requests. Actually for some wines like Rosso di Montalcino, Cenerentola DOC Orcia and IGT Drago e le 8 Colombe, we have sold the wines from two vintages finishing all the stock while the Brunello 2012 was rationed so we could reach Christmas. Our increase in sales shows a wonderful + 17% considering that Violante’s sales office had no Riserva to sell.
Cenerentola 2017-2018 New Year’s eve at Fattoria del Colle
This success is clearly also to attribute to the quality of the wines (well done the cellar girls!) and some is due to the vineyards, where a daily care of the plants – a return to old winter pruning systems and the organic regime – have permitted the production of excellent grapes even in vintages, such as the last, where the climate went a bit wild. The 2017 grape harvest was scarce especially at Fattoria del Colle where the soil is sandy and where the wild boar and deer have had a feast. After fencing off the vineyards in Montalcino next to be fenced off will be the vineyards in Trequanda.
The country inn and the restaurant went well too with a + 55% and even better the winery sales that are now a good 15% of the wine business. Read more…
Leone Rosso: 5 star harvest that many consider identical to 2010 because of the exceptional quality of the grapes and because of the similarity in the climate.
Leone Rosso 2015 veraison-August 4th
In both years the rainy winter was followed by a very hot July and a warm August. The only big difference between these two great vintages is in the quantity of the grapes picked: in 2010 because of the spring showers that disturbed the flowering.
The cool September with cold nights and sunny days brought to a well balanced ripening of the grapes so that the concentration of the sugars and acids proceeded at the same pace with the noble substances – polyphenols – as in the skins.
The DOC Orcia denomination to which the Leone Rosso wine belongs was born on
Leone Rosso 2015 Fattoria del Colle
February 14th 2000 and is produced in 13 municipalities between the areas producing Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
Leon Rosso is born at Fattoria del Colle an estate that covers 335 hectares at 404 m above sea level on the crest of hills that face the Crete Senesi. The soil is made up prevalently of sands and sea clays. The vineyards are cultivated according to the organic regime, mainly by hand and with great care.
The name of the wine comes from the Socini blazon, these were ancestors of the present owner, Donatella Cinelli Colombini, and built the estate in 1592.This was them confiscated shortly after because they were members of the protestant reform- Fattoria del Colle was bought back for the family in by Donatella’s great grandfather in 1919, and shehas been running it since 1998.. Read more…
Leone Rosso Orcia Doc in a roaring new version. Harmonic, full, extremely pleasant and elegant is the perfect example of the 2013 harvest here in the DOC Orcia
By Donatella Cinelli Colombini
Leone Rosso harvest 2013 – grapes selection
This wine Leone Rosso owes its name to the blazon which belonged to Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s ancestors, the Socinis, and old family ,who in 1592 built Fattoria del Colle which is where this wine comes from. Among the Socinis there were 5 heretics. Two of which –Lelio and Fausto – were particularly important opponents of the Catholic church and for this reason were excommunicated. Fattoria del Colle was confiscated and only in 1919 it was bought back by a Socini, great-grandfather to the present owner Donatella Cinelli Colombini.
Today the estate covers 336 hectares of which 17 of vineyard for the production of Chianti DOCG and Orcia DOC. This last denomination was created in the year 2000 in the beautiful and intact territory in southern Tuscany between the more famous Brunello and Vino Nobile territories.
The 2013 harvest has been described by Prof Attilio Scienza as “old style” with lower temperatures than in the previous years, soil plentiful of humidity and a traditionally long vegetative cycle that makes longer lasting more complex wines. The harvest was not very plentiful but excellent for those like Donatella Cinelli Colombini picked before the arrival of the rainfalls. Read more…
31/10 -1/11 And 7-8 / 14-15 November to taste, compare, search for, and cook the white truffle from the countryside that is the most beautiful in the world.
In southern Tuscany where the panoramas are spectacular and where the Brunello, Chianti and Doc Orcia wines there are also white truffles of exceptional quality and aroma from the Crete Senesi. The heart of this territory is the San Giovanni d’Asso territory with its museum with its precious tuber and the hamlet where, every year, there is a fair for buying and selling the truffles.
Tagliolini alla toscana with white truffle Fattoria del Colle
Fattoria del Colle is 15 km away and includes 5 truffle preserves where tourists will watch the search for the “golden potatoes”. There will also be a brief cookery lesson and dinners with truffles. A full immersion weekend dedicated to this aromatic tuber with mysterious aphrodisiacal virtues, where the pleasures can be completed with some vinotherapy, couples’ massages and a soak in a panoramic Jacuzzi whilst sipping a great red wine.
The apartments and the rooms (antique furnishings with modern comfort) are in the hamlet at Fattoria del Colle all around the 16th century villa and the cellar. A few km away one finds Pienza, Montepulciano, Montalcino, San Quirico d’Orcia, Bagno Vignoni and many other beautiful art cities.
Euro 204,00 per person. It is also possible to book just one day of the program asking for a new estimate when booking. Offers here Read more…
The top wine at Fattoria del Colle from a 5 star vintage, arrives full of elegant lushness just like a real princess form the DOC Orcia
The 2012 harvest was the scarcest harvest ever at Fattoria del Colle. Few clusters, small but of high quality that were practically all used or the most important wines:
Cenerentola 2012 Orcia Doc
Cenerentola DOC Orcia and the Il Drago e le 8 Colombe IGT.
2012 was an odd year; the winter was dry regardless of the heavy snowfalls and the very hot summer, without rain, until September. To help the vines put up with the hydro stress the grapes were which were already scarce where diminished through pruning. In the end in the
Fattoria del Colle vineyards there was less than half the usual amount of grapes, but with anthocyanins and tannins – the noble substances – so abundant and soluble to give the wine a an opulent and rewarding lushness. Cenerentola 2012 is a very pleasant young wine and it will age for decades
This wine is made with grapes from two local varieties from Tuscany, Sangiovese and Foglia Tonda. This latter is an old variety that was abandoned about a century ago when the farmers we too poor to wan to thin out the grapes, and wanted to leave them all on the vine, but at harvest they were not all ripe. Thanks to Vitarium in the Regione Toscana, who supplied us with the cuttings for the first grafting, for the past 15 years we have cultivated two vineyards wog Foglia Tonda and have learned to love and emphasize this variety. Its wines are powerful and apt to be united with Sangiovese which on the other hand is a champion in elegance. Read more…