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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.

Programme:

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 http://www.cinellicolombini.it/premio/

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-BonellaCiacci

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

Gozo Island for Ulysses Calypso and Donatella

Brunello – Doc – Orcia – Cenerentola – Gozo - Malta

Brunello – Doc – Orcia – Cenerentola – Gozo - Malta

An evening at the beach with Brunello, Chianti and Doc Orcia Cenerentola at the restaurant called Porto Vecchio in Gozo, Malta where they even serve wild boar

 

Gozo, an Island from time way back where the winter does not exist and where Donatella Cinelli Colombini too spends here holidays. Here, on the

Carlo Gardini – Abraham Said – Marco Vella – Chris Cassar

Carlo Gardini – Abraham Said – Marco Vella – Chris Cassar

balcony over the sea of the Porto Vecchio restaurant, 60 wine lovers tasted 22 dishes and 5 wines among which a fantastic Brunello 2006 Prime Donne.


Brunello at the seaside? Why not!

Gozo, Malta, magical atmosphere, on the balcony of the Porto Vecchio, a young chef with great ambitions, and in the glasses my wines Doc Orcia and Brunello

Chris Cassar – Donatella Cinelli Colombini – Carlo Gardini

Chris Cassar – Donatella Cinelli Colombini – Carlo Gardini

This is the official debut of my wines on Ulysses and Calypso’s isle, an old and beautiful place. Here my husband Carlo and I have a house and feel very much at home. The new importers AttardAbraham’s Suppliers have begun di distribute my wines in September and are very enthusiastic. Chris Cassar, the owner of the restaurant is now in fact a friend. So I really feel among family here and every thing begins in the best of ways.

The event is organized for 60 people and takes place on the balcony overlooking the sea at Porto Vecchio: there are some Danes from a boat moored not too far away, an English ex magistrate, a super wine expert who has a home here, an Australian with vines down under, the menu includes 22 delicious dishes so the dinner presents itself really sumptuously

At the beginning fish entrees and then meat with a filled worthy of the best Tuscan tradition. Chris has a young chef who has lightened the traditional recipes enriching them with new aromatic hints. In other word the Maltese cuisine in the new millennium.

And then my red wines, elegant harmonious to be matched with great meat

Gozo- Porto Vecchio –dinner with Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s wines

Gozo- Porto Vecchio –dinner with Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s wines

dishes in a perfect marriage. The Cenerentola Doc Orcia and the Brunello 2006 Prime Donne were a great success! Even with the mid summer temperatures, the refined balance of my wines wins and convinces. They are liked mostly by the more demanding, who follow new trends and privilege elegance compared to powerfulness.

Among photographs, and toasts the evening finishes in a party.

How beautiful Gozo is!

Gozo – Porto Vecchio - MarcoVella

Gozo – Porto Vecchio - MarcoVella

Seen for you by Donatella Cinelli Colombini

 

 

Abraham Said- and his wife

Abraham Said- and his wife

 

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