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Weekend October 20th-21st for those who love wine and Sienese art

Breathtaking intense program for two days (one night) in the Siena land: night time visit to the Duomo in Siena and end of grape harvest festival with wine tastings

Buffet contadino - farmhouse in Tuscany

Buffet contadino - farmhouse in Tuscany

A cultural appointment which will give you great emotions: the night-time guided tour of the Duomo di Siena, in the occasion f the opening of the flooring, a one time event during the year. Sunday dedicated to the end of harvest with a vertical tasting which begins with a future Brunello jus born and reaches a great Riserva. At the end a farmhouse style lunch with “polenta” to be cut with a string, and pans of soups, grilled meats and lots of folk songs.

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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.



Grape harvest weekend in Tuscany

Take part to the grape harvest of Brunello wine and Chianti in the vineyards, in the cellar and sit at the table of Donatella Cinelli Colombini restaurant

grape harvest at Fattoria del Colle

grape harvest at Fattoria del Colle

An unique experience to discover how the great tuscan red wines such as Brunello, Chianti Superiore and Doc Orcia are  produced. You will meet new friends, you will sleep in the houses of the ancient farmers and you will live a funny day between vineyards and cellars during the grape harvest with technical wine tasting and tasty dishes from Crete Senesi and Val d’Orcia. Sunday, before leaving, vertical guided wine tasting of Brunello di Montalcino produced at Casato
Prime Donne and lunch at our restaurant with pinci. Furthermore visit to neighbouring towns such as Pienza and Montepulciano.


Saturday 22nd September
Check-in at Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda in the south of Chianti district
4.00 pm grape harvest experience in the vineyards
5.00 pm in the cellar to see the vinification process
6.30 pm Happy wine in the histyorical cellar at Fattoria del Colle with Cenerentola Orcia Doc and
Pecorino cheese from Crete Senesi
8.00 pm Dinner at the restaurant Osteria di Donatella with view on Trequanda village. Menù with dishes of ancient senese meat like Pappardelle al sugo di cinta senese and grilled chianina meat

Grape harvest 2011

Grape harvest 2011

matched with Brunello di Montalcino Prime Donne 2007
Night stay at Fattoria del Colle

Sunday 23rd September

10.30 am guided tour at Fattoria del Colle in the ancient rooms of the sixteenth-century villa, the chapel and the historical cellar. Following vertical guided wine tasting with must, Rosso di Montalcino Doc, the future Brunello 2010, Brunello 2007 and Brunello Riserva 2005.

Bonella and Sangiovese grapes

Bonella and Sangiovese grapes

1.00 pm Lunch at the restaurante with pinci (typical tuscan handmade pasta) and cinta senese ham matched with Leone Rosso Orcia Doc.

After lunch we suggest the trekking through the vineyards at Fattoria del Colle: it is an informative walk among the vineyards with explicative signposts regarding grape varieties;at the end a test and a little award for you. As an alternative you can visit the towns of artistic interest like Pienza, Montepulciano and Montalcino.

Price per person:
85,50 € for the stay in double room with bathroom and the activities described in the programme
61,30 € for the dinner and the lunch with wines included

Choose the most beautiful photo of Brunello wine and Doc Orcia wine districts

Become a member of the virtual jury and choose the most representative image of Tuscan coutryside where Brunello wine and Doc Orcia are produced

An ancient territory with a very modern agricultural system, a region in harmony with history, nature and human beings. This is the scenario of  the 5 finalist photos selected by the committee of Casato Prime Donne Award. You have to choose the winning one. Voting is easy: click here on the banner

Montalcino-Casato Prime Donne Award-Choose the winning photo

Montalcino-Casato Prime Donne Award-Choose the winning photo

or open this link

The banner is at the top on the right of the web site; information about Casato Prime Donne Award are on the menu at the top of this page.This is the 14th edition of the award that enhance who writes, studies or takes photo about Brunello wine and Doc Orcia territories. Every year the jury chooses the “Prima Donna” a simbolic female figure who has shown outstanding courage and ethical behaviour and with her commitment has enhanced the feminine role in society and work. Among the past winners there are: the fashion stylist Carla Fendi, the spacewoman Samantha  Cristoforetti, the Olympic athlete Josefa Idem, the étoile Carla Fracci…

Your vote in this photographic contest is important. We wish that the winner expresses the feeling of a new public who loves Tuscany and its great wines and who is familiar with the web. We would like that people who follow us on the blog, because are interested in our topics and in our winery, will be protagonists of the choice. For this reason I ask you to choose the photo you prefer.

Thank you

by Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Beautiful vineyards, dry soil and hot weather for the Brunello

The seasonal pattern this year resembles that of 1997, when wonderful Brunello wine was produced following a very hot summer and dry winter.


Vineyard-Sangiovese-Bonella Ciacci

Hopefully the same will occur in 2012 for the vineyards of the Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino and Fattoria del Colle in the Chianti and the Doc Orcia areas. The vines are in good health, but the incredible heat of June has already parched the arid land. After an autumn and winter of poor rains and heavy snowfall but at the same time a surprisingly dry period, we had poor spring rains and therefore there is not enough water stored in the soil. In comparison to the normal annual rainfall in the vineyards of this area, just in the past 12 months we have marked a reduction of more than half the normal rainfall. The vineyard soil is very dry and could force the wine producers to make a drastic reduction in the bunches of grapes during the green harvest, even if the short cold spring has already created a natural thinning in the bunches, just like in 1997.
For wines like Brunello and Chianti DOCGand also for DOC Orcia and Rosso di Montalcino irrigation is absolutely prohibited. It is allowed only in the vineyards on the farm and in fact the vineyard of the Croce, planted only last winter at the Casato Prime Donne di Montalcino, which has already been watered twice and will be watered again this week.

In the mature vineyards, we had a splendid setting, the load of the grapes is moderate with sparse bunches of small grapes. The trimming of the branches has been limited to the sprouts which were too long while the branches have been left with bunches of grapes well covered by leaves. The grapes are very healthy, the only phenomenon of some importance is a row of vines Ardita at

Brunello Sangiovese-Sara

Brunello Sangiovese-Sara

the Casato Prime Donne which was struck by lightning and had its branches and leaves literally “burned out”. At the moment it is very hot during the day, the thermometer rises above 38 ° C and at night drops slightly below 30°.
For now all is well, the 10 tenant farmers are working with full commitment to produce extraordinary grapes and everything suggests that they will succeed.

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini

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