When my father gave me la Fattoria del Colle and I went there to live there were some welcome signs that were practically magic, as if I had been expected
by Donatella Cinelli Colombini
Like everywhere else this place has a long story behind it, Fattoria del Colle is full of magic and secrets. I am still discovering them now, twenty years after my father Fausto Cinelli gave me this estate and asked me to make it flourish again.
When I arrived at Fattoria del Colle I was worried, there was a difficult financial situation and an enormous amount of investment to be done, there were no strong points upon which to lean so as to create a project with some possibility of success. Plus I was alone, my husband and daughter lived in Florence then, and the estate seemed to me to be distant from everything, cold with wild boars practically at the front door at night… basically not only was the situation worrying but I really was not pleased to live there.
But right from the beginning strange things began happening, practically saying<<welcome, we have been waiting for you for a long time>>. During the first winter, which was the most difficult one under a psychological point of view, there were so many signs, which really seemed to me to be an encouragement. I was going to Trequanda for the presentation by Roberto Barzanti of the guide to the village by Elio Torriti and I discovered that Fattoria del Colle was where Sant’Egidio from Querciola made his hermitage. He was a saint from the XII century that I had never heard of and of whom it had seemed there were no longer any traces but… Read more…
I am among those who hate flûte glasses and also coupe shake ones that fill cabinets taking up loads of space. But many still insist in using them
By Donatella Cinelli Colombini
Many of us have the coupe shake wine glasses, maybe we have inherited them or we have them as they were a wedding gift received from our mothers or grandmothers. But they have remained in our cabinets unused for decades. <<The size of Madame de Pompadour’s bosom>> the experts used to say, emphasizing the beauty of Luis XV of France’s lover and the fantastic story behind Champagne, that this extraordinary glass should exalt.
This is also the opinion of Marco Cenedese ambassador for Mumm who underlines, how in the coupe,
the amber liquid reaches the tip of the tongue before the bubbles thus resulting delicate and full , while in the flûte it gets a drier and more determined character. The tapered wine glass that gets its name from a flute, in French flûte, is the most used Champagne glass but also the most contested. In a recent article in The Drinks Business the CEO for Krug, Maggie Henriquez, made this comparison <<..it is like going to a concert with ear plugs>> . However, in most French bars dedicated to these legendary bubbles, the so called champagneries, they use the typical glasses, ampoule shaped, that look like a flute with a wide and round base. So the flûte has a vast number of estimators. I do not feel that it is able to exalt a fizzy wine, but however together with the cold temperature it can hide the defects in lower quality bottles. Read more…
150 million visitors per month, TripAdvisor is certainly the largest travel site in the world and now it supplies maps and itineraries too
By Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Fattoria del Colle, agriturismo, Toscana
TripAdvisor was created in 2000 by Stephen Kaufer. At that time Kaufer was planning a trip to Mexico and was having difficulty in finding hotels. Today he has assets for 260 million dollars and he is among the men who have changed the world. Exactly, as his invention, based on the where anybody can register and write their opinion about a hotel, a restaurant or a museum, has changed how people travel allowing tourists to become more active and allowing for more “democratic” reviews.
The novelty, announced at the IFA fair in Berlin, is the alliance between TomTom and Tripadvisor, to create personalized itineraries that unite maps from the GPS navigation device with reviews from the most famous travel platform . It is called “TomTom Road Trips” and allows one to book hotels and restaurants inside a made to fit itinerary. For those who do not have GPS an Android or iOS Smartphone will do fine.
Today TripAdvisor has an enormous importance for all activities and the 4,2 million restaurants present on the website can use it as a marketing instrument. For this reason it is the same managers of the portal to reveal the most important things to do.
First of all reply to the reviews, accepting criticism as advice and thanking for the compliments. The client that receives attention is gratified and tends to increase his involvement with the restaurant.
Second thing, the images. These influence a lot the clients decision and so there must be many and they must be beautiful. Those who have at least 11-20 charming photos of the restaurant and its dishes get double the interactions compared to those who have none. Read more…
Autumn weekend with the Crete Senesi white truffle, Brunello, Chianti Superiore and Orcia in a 16th century Tuscan farm with vinotherapy
By Donatella Cinelli Colombini
Fattoria del Colle organizes three weekends in November 3-5 / 10-12 / 17-19 for those who love white truffles, that this year are particularly rare and expensive.
The estate has 5 truffle preserves where the white truffle of the Crete Senesi is found, a very refined variety because of its intense aroma and very harmonious taste. These weekend dedicated to this precious product are full of fun experiences that enrich your knowledge: truffle hunting in the woods with a truffle hunter and his dog, a cookery lesson on truffles, guided tours of the Brunello winery (Casato Prime Donne) and Orcia-Chianti winery (Fattoria del Colle) with wine tastings, dinners ……………
Two interesting novelties to enrich the already rich weekends: at Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino, next to the winery, Alessia Bernardeschi has created a piece of contemporary art called “Donna che guarda”,
(the woman. This is a frame within which you can take a great selfie with the Brunello vines behind you. It was launched on September 17th and you will be among the first to use it for your beautiful photos, please do send them to us!
At the end everyone will take home a personalized bottle of Brunello. Not a regular bottle of Brunello di Montalcino but, your Brunello , with a packaging different to all others.
During the weekends 11-12 and18-19 November, at 15 km from Fattoria del Colle, in the San Giovanni d’Asso castle (Montalcino municipality) there is a Crete Senesi truffle workshop, where it is possible to buy truffles, there are many food stalls and local handicraft. Read more…
Magnum party with 200 great big bottles to celebrate James Suckling, who has been nominated Cavaliere della Stella D’Italia for having promoted Italian wines the world over
By Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Montalcino, Brunello, Casato Prime Donne
<< I am deeply honoured and touched>> wrote James Suckling after having received the diploma of Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia from the representative of the Italian government in Hong Kong. Recognition much deserved for he who has promoted the knowledge of Italian wines all over the world and especially in Asia for thirty odd years. <<I Hope to be doing it for twenty more years with wines always better>> he said welcoming wine producers from all over Italy come to celebrate him. Among them were Antonio Rallo and Francesca Planeta from Sicily and Anna Abbona (Marchesi di Barolo) and Stefano Gagliardo from Piedmont, but the larger group was certainly from Montalcino, the land that maybe Suckling loves most and the territory that more than any other he has contributed in promoting.
James Suckling magnum party
The MAGNUM PARTY took place at the Acquolina restaurant in Terranova Bracciolini, near Suckling’s Tuscan home. It has been the most choral and exclusive party of the Italian wine world, with a selection of wines worth of the host and with the possibility of tasting about 200 larger sized bottles of stellar quality. Tables among the olive trees, Australian DJ who came especially for the event and many very famous personalities from Italian wine. Read more…