Cenerentola becomes a princess with the 2015 harvest. A five star harvest with quality levels never reached before for Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s Orcia Doc wine
Cenerentola becomes a princess with the 2015 harvest. This is the happy finale after a long journey, lots of trials, lots of hopes and a great dream. It was in 2000 that Donatella Cinelli Colombini fell in love with a Sienese grape variety that was practically extinct: Foglia Tonda. A vigorous and rustic variety that in the poor Tuscan vineyards a century ago did not get thinned out with green harvesting and consequently did not ripen. But Donatella together with her agronomists has found the way to make the vines less productive and bring the clusters to perfect ripening. They also learnt which are the best soils and expositions for this variety that, if cultivated in humid areas with little sun well expresses its objections.
In the cellar too there have been many experiments and not all lucky ones. Now the Foglia Tonda variety is picked for last, it ferments and ages alone, for at least 12 months in 5 hectolitres French oak tonneaux, this is when it joins the best Sangiovese made at Fattoria del Colle.
In its sales Cenerentola’s story is all uphill, like all other wines based on rare autochthonous grape varieties.
It is different and 15 years ago journalists’ appreciation didn’t go to more territorial wine making. Then what was rare become trendy, the autochthonous, like what is natural, and so Cenerentola began to find more and more important and better and better ratings from the great experts. Read more…
The 2016 5 star vintage. Limited edition of only 2000 bottles for the I.G.T. Toscana Sanchimento from Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s Fattoria del Colle
The small Sanchimento vineyard was planted in 1990 with Traminer grapes on the north side of the hill that goes up behind the chapel at Fattoria del Colle 404 m above sea level. The soil is deep with mostly clay and quaternion deposits.
The choice of the Traminer variety is quite unusual in Tuscany and depends on Fausto Cinelli’s preference; he was Donatella’s father, for this variety which wants cool climates and especially cold nights like those at Fattoria del Colle.
From this vineyard Donatella Cinelli Colombini produces only 2000 bottle a year of I.G.T. Toscana bianco. A small and cosseted selection that bears the name of the
chapel next to the vineyard: San Clemente I Pope in 97 a.D. in Sebastopoli. San Chimento is in fact the medieval name of the same saint.
The 2016 vintage is one of the best of the last few years thanks to its very long vegetative cycle was very long, the vines did sprout early and arrived at complete ripening in the usual dates, in a gradual and slow manner. From this happy instance and from the cold nights in September, depends the particular richness in aroma of the Sanchimento 2016. Read more…
Chianti Superiore is produced all over the Chianti territory except in Chianti Classico. It indicates the best grape and Chianti wine selections
by Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Toscana, agriturismo, winery
2015 a year with highs and lows: our vineyards a spectacular harvest, whereas just a few miles away the hail destroyed roofs and even cars. We feel exceptionally lucky!
The great vintages of the last thirty years such as 2010 and 2015 have great similarities: rainy winter, bad weather in the spring which disturbed the flowering and reduced the number of clusters produced, hot summer with very high temperatures in July and cooler ones in August, clear sky during the harvest.
A scheme which brings to the production of great red wines. 2015 was consequently an excellent year.
At Fattoria del Colle the vineyards are on top of the hill, 404 m above sea level. The quaternary deep soils have mostly sea sands and fragments of sandstone. The older vineyards were planted in 1996; the youngest are 10 years old. They are organically grown and the training system chosen is spurred cordon
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They are a beauty to see, because the vine are healthy, in a natural balance with the beautiful surrounding landscape, which is intact and preserved through the centuries: no factories, no intensive farming, nothing different from hundreds of years ago.
The Chianti Superiore by Donatella Cinelli Colombini is practically only Sangiovese; the addition of a few clusters of other varieties is in respect of the tradition that wants Chianti to be a mix. Its main element is consequently the gentle elegance of the Sangiovese, with that characteristic aroma of violets which characterizes this appellation. Read more…
Passito 2105: a sweet masterpiece born from a vineyard that is 50 years old, that is cultivated organically and that grows thanks to Carlo and Barbara’s attentions
An exclusive production to which Carlo Gardini, Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s husband dedicates assiduous care and attention together with Barbara Magnani the cellar master. The Sanchimento vineyard from her the Passito grapes come is nearly 50 years old and it is the oldest at Fattoria del Colle. This age gives the wine elements of finesse, complexity and minerality.
This is an artisan Passito made with a lot of passion and nothing else. Carlo and Barbara fuss over the crates where the Traminer grapes are put as if they were baby cribs. They move them according to the sun, they shelter them inside if it rains and they check every cluster every day to be sure that the natural drying proceeds perfectly. A very big job for just 120 litres of production, justified only by the great passion that the pair has for sweet wines.
Donatella Cinelli Colombini does not share their enthusiasm, quite the contrary for her a wine must have a nice intense ruby colour, so she does not take part in the tastings where Carlo and Barbara taste Sauternes, Tokay moulded wines and Passito from all over the world. Fortunately not everybody feels the same as Donatella and their efforts have been rewarded by 93/100 for the 2013 production from the important US magazine “Wine Advocate”.
The Passito comers from deep and well drained soils, from quaternary era, characterized by clay in also in conglomerate form. The Traminer vineyard is cultivated in organic regime. It is next to the Chapel at Fattoria del Colle, 404 m above sea level. Read more…
Touristy photos or real photos? The choice of a Photo album for a hotel is one of the most important. Here are those for Fattoria del Colle
by Donatella Cinelli Colombini
About the photos of tourist destinations there are two philosophies: the classical one that requires a professional studio and more and more frequently agencies specialized in tourism communication. The photos are captivating even though very standard with models, flowers, studied lighting, furniture moved into artistic layout and well coordinated.
Then there is the school of thought I would call “social media effect” where what is homemade, true and natural is privileged. Evidently the photos must be well done, pleasant, and descriptive but the main element is the authenticity “without tricks” because they must convince the future client who will find exactly what he has seen. As if the images were those taken by a tourist with a fabulous camera and a good eye. In other
words the photos that one posts on Trip-advisor.
For years I have followed this principle, proud that no client has ever said << from the images on the web site we thought it would be more beautiful>> on the contrary arriving at Fattoria del Colle, the general comment was quite the opposite <<I didn’t expect it to be so beautiful>>. With the passing of the years though I began to see the other side of the medal and I asked myself <<might it be that this casual image penalizes us?>>
In fact tourism is the most virtual product of this global era. It communicates with images and sells dreams. The client buys on the basis of an emotion and of the desires created through the sight of something…. Reality is something else. Read more…