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Donatella’s 2017: a rich year with a scarce harvest

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

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

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…

The Prince of Wales meets Brunello

On April 1st I met the Prince Charles the Prince of Wales, who charmed me off my feet. I assure you it is not an April fools, quite the contrary here I tell you all

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By Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Toscana, Brunello, Casato Prime Donne

We producers we called to meet at 6 pm, but the royal couple arrived two hours later. Allegra Antinori, Jacopo Biondi Santi, Leonardo Frescobaldi, Vittorio Moretti from Petra, Giuseppe Mazzacolin from Felsina, Giovanni Manetti from Fontodi …. All ready to serve bottles that were impeccably presented by the sommeliers of FIS Fondazione Italiana Sommelier duided by Franco Ricci in person. The setting was spectacular: Villa San Michele, a terrace over Florence with a facade decorated by Michelangelo. The panorama is similar to that seen from my home, where in the 14th century Giovanni Boccaccio set the scene of the “Ninfale fiesolano”, on the other hand maybe my view of Florence is better, but I do not have the exquisite elegance of the halls of this exclusive and romantic hotel. Maybe it is because of this luxury that Prince Charles and his wife Camilla have chosen it for

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their Italian stay.

I was expecting a somewhat sad character, someone frozen by etiquette but surprisingly Prince Charles was delightful, with a stupendously British “sense of humour” and an ability to mingle with people fruit of a life dedicated to his nation. He is an extraordinary ambassador for the United Kingdom, people love him. When I told him that my Brunello Riserva came from a winery staffed only by women he laughed thinking about how it might be cosseted but he was incredible curious about the organic regime in the vineyards <<is it difficult here for you? And how do you cure diseases?> he wanted to know. Read more…


Don’t miss Wine2wine, December 6th and 7th in Verona!

Once again the Italian women in wine -Le Donne del Vino- are protagonists at Wine2wine the most important Italian wine forum dedicated to wine business

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Two days dedicated to communicating and marketing wine, dozens of mini-conventions where the speakers must summarize their information into a few minutes. This Wine2wine, a forum where it is possible to buy the instruments to make ones enterprise more competitive in an era when the places where wines are consumed are further and further away from where they are produced and in the last 20 years internation exchanges have doubled.

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Which are the new trends and which foreign markets are growing? How should wineries set up their web marketing strategy and advertising while the decision of which wines to buy depends more and more on the social media?

These are the two fundamental questions to which  Wine2wine 2016 will reply by examining in depth dedicated to digital communication, to Germany and Sweden. The German Giant is the second importer of Italian wines and will be illustrated by Hermann Pilz editor of Weinwirtschaft one of the major specialized magazines. Read more…

Rare wine auction by the Donne del Vino-Italian Women in Wine

Excellent wines at an auction to help Vincenzo Rapisarda “the angel” in his humanitarian action for people with burn injuries plus he is personality of the year 2016 according to the  Donne del Vino

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<<We will be expecting you on Saturday November 12th from 3 to 6 pm in the Cantine Fratelli Berlucchi in Borgonato di Cortefranca (Brescia). 30 lots will be auctioned where 72 rare and high quality bottles have been grouped together , donated by the   Donne del Vino from all over Italy>> this is the invitation formulated by Donatella Cinelli Colombini National President of the association<< the sum will be used to finance the actions of Prof. Rapisarda in favour of the patients with burn injuries in the poorest regions around the world through the Onlus ALMaUST (Associazione Lombarda per la Malattia da Ustione) which he founded>>.

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”Donne, Vino e Bellezza”, “Women, Wine and beauty” is the  2016 theme for the Donne del Vino, and it becomes solidarity with a charity action in favour of those who work hard to lessen the terrible damages caused by burns. A scientific and humanitarian job carried out by  Prof. Vincenzo Rapisarda, Director of the  Struttura Complessa di Chirurgia Plastica e Centro per Grandi Ustionati of the Ospedale Niguarda in Milan, through  ALMaUST, an Italian non-profit organization working i Italy and in the poorest regions around the world. The cures regard those physical damages caused by acids or has but also psychological damage caused by the changes in one’s original aspect. This help is for those who cannot afford this type of therapy or those who live in nations where there are no specialized structures. Read more…


2015 Donatella’s wonderful year

With my very best wishes for a Happy 2016, where everyone should have their dreams fulfilled. Here below a summary of the last exceptional 12 months.

 MINERVA AWARD TO DONATELLA CINELLI COLOMBINI

MINERVA AWARD TO DONATELLA CINELLI COLOMBINI

2016 is the year of MERCIFULNESS, for all, even those who do not believe, should lie in a special way to become constructors of e better world.

2015 is to be framed. A year lived on the run, always-, 12 trips abroad for Donatella and even more for Violante. A book, 2 new wines, a new grappa, many successes, events and awards

FEBRUARY

Meeting with James Suckling king of the Brunello lovers. Toscana previews: 60 buyers for the Doc Orcia and an-out-of-this-world Benvenuto Brunello with the exceptional 2010 vintage

MARCH

Lady Day at the Quirinal in Rome for Donatella and in Colle Val d’Elsa Violante Organizes Cantine aperte di cristallo. Fisar in rosa at Casato prime Donne and at Fattoria del Colle with the female sommeliers of the association. Vienna, imperial capital seen from up close. A grape grower goes RAITV and Donatella goes to visit Anna Scafuri. New web site for the estate and the blog is always among the top 15 in Italy.

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APRIL

Donatella is a candidate for the Board of directors of Monte dei Paschi but she knows more about wine than bonds!!!! Women’s Vinitaly. In Canada Donatella and Carlo become knights. Dona falls at the Niagara Falls and then Italia a Tavola awards her a prize in Florence, in front of the Ministro Martina. Then the convention in Chieti regarding wine communication: to win there must be less Montepulciano and more Abruzzo. 96/100 from Wine Spectator to our Brunello Prime Donne 2010. In Puglia out to discover the Nero di Troia. Orcia Wine Festival with a great success. Read more…

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