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Harvest weekend with 6 wine experiences

Grape harvest and racking weekend 26-27 September 3-4 / 10-11 October. Come and experience the grapes harvest that you would never have imagined!


Grape harvest at Fattoria del Colle

Choose Fattoria del Colle, in Southern Chianti area and Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino for 6 different experiences connected to wine and to the grape harvest all in one weekend: Two days rich in activities in the Vineyard with the picking of the grapes, in the cellar with the wine tastings, at the table and if you wish even in the wellness area to be pampered with vinothrapy and couple’s massages.

Framed by a 16th century estate you will discover how the great Tuscan red wines are born Brunello and Chianti.

14 tastings not to be missed which include an itinerant wine and music tasting at Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino, the creation of your own supertuscan using 3 varietal wines like a real winemaker and to conclude a vertical tasting of Brunello, starting from a barrel tasting and ending with a Riserva 2008.

And also two dinners at the Osteria di Donatella and the possibility of booking vinotherapy treatments in the wellness centre at Fattoria del Colle


Wellness experience at Fattoria del Colle

To conclude we suggest a trip to visit the nearby town of Pienza and Montepulciano, Cortona and San Quirico d’Orcia-Bagno Vignoni.

Euro 234,00  per person

–  Two nights in a double room with bathroom at Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda

–  Two buffet breakfasts

–  Two dinners with 4 courses with creative and traditional dishes Read more…

Donatella’s 5 star Chianti Superiore 2012

 An incredible harvest where Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s emotions went  from despair to enthusiasm and the vines proved their intelligence

Chianti Superiore Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Chianti Superiore Donatella Cinelli Colombini

2012, three torrid months without any rain and a great thinning out of the grapes to help the thirsty vines……….. and then a miracle: the showers arrive the first few days of September and that’s how we got a 5 star vintage.

Not many clusters, but exceptional grapes, and sound. The clusters were loose and small, absolutely ripe and with the seeds perfectly lignified. These small grapes coloured your fingers as soon as you touched them, so the must consequently was very intense red, typical in great wines.

The vines for producing the Chianti Superiore are at Fattoria del Colle in the southern part of the Chianti region, on hills at about 400 metres above sea level, with soil very rich in sea sands. An old territory which is uncontaminated and is cultivated with great attention of the environment. 

Type: dry red

Production area: Toscana, Trequanda, Fattoria del Colle.

Vintage characteristics: the grape harvest was preceded by 12 dry months and a torrid summer with very high temperatures even at night. The leaves and the green shoots were used to shade the grapes. The grapes were thinned out twice.

Grape types: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo.

Grape harvest:  From September 10th to 15th.  The grapes were handpicked and brought to the winery in20 Kg crates in less than 30 minutes. The cool temperatures and sometimes even quite cold ones allowed us to bring in grapes at 20°C. After being de-stemmed the best grapes were selected on a sorting table, mechanically and manually. Read more…

In Montalcino we had a fermentation phase full of wonderful surprises

There are some excellencies in the 2014 wine, even though less than in 2012 and 2013 which, for us, have both been exceptional

Sangiovese Fattoria del Colle and Felix

Sangiovese Fattoria del Colle and Felix

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini
This year has been the BIO  year as quite rightly stated by Loredana Sottine in Trebicchieri, the Gambero Rosso weekly  <<never before has the  sector been  able to get its own back on  conventional productions>>. The only possible way to bring good grapes into the cellar has in fact been  using more attention to nature. For those of us who cultivate our vine organically this is excellent news!
First surprise, with respect to the rest of Italy where the vintage looks like being inferior in quantity to the previous ones ( 41 million ), we have had an abundant one. No decrease.
Second surprise, were expecting a late harvest but on the contrary the picking took place exactly 40 days after the veraison, practically a textbook routine. The younger vineyards and the ones that tend to be ready sooner and have a lesser root ramification, those facing south and with good inclination have given good and excellent grapes. Grapes for Brunello without doubt. Read more…

Donatella Cinelli presents her Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2011

4 stars for the hottest, earliest and quickest grape harvest that man can remember. Small clusters with small grapes all sound and equally ripe

Rosso-di-Montalcino-2011-Casato-Prime-Donne-two bottles

Rosso-di-Montalcino-2011-Casato-Prime-Donne-two bottles

The heat in August, when the temperatures were very high, during both the day and night, accelerated the ripening. This also brought forward the harvest date. The Sangiovese clusters at Casato Prime Donne were picked between the 15th and 22th of September with a scorching sun.

In the cellar the grapes were chosen with particular care on the sorting table that was especially lengthened, so as to be able to remove all the dry grapes and the bits of stems. This phase is always very important but, in 2011 it was of the upmost importance to send in the fermentation tanks only the “best” grapes. The fermentation phase also needed special care so as to maintain the typical characteristics of the Sangiovese grapes and give the future Rosso di Montalcino the equilibrium and elegance.

Type: dry red.
Production area: Tuscany, Montalcino, Casato Prime Donne.
Vintage characteristics: very rainy winter and spring. Torrid summer even though interrupted by storms and characterized by very high night temperatures. The colouring of the grapes began at the end of July, but the vines were still in vegetation half way through August when another heat wave dried the crown and accelerated the ripening.

Rosso-Montalcino-2011-bottle with walnuts

Rosso-Montalcino-2011-bottle with walnuts

Grape variety: 100% Sangiovese.
Grape harvest: the earliest and quickest man can remember. From September 15th – 20th. The grapes were and picked and reached the winery in 20 kg crates. After the first selection in the vineyard the sorting table permitted us to choose only the best grapes.
Vinification: pre-fermentation maceration was carried out so as to cool the grapes and soften the skins favouring the extraction of polyphenols. The temperature during the fermentation tended to rise so the cooling system of the vinification vats was used more than usual. The fermentation lasted 10-12 days with the must always in contact with the skins.
Quantity produced: 27.000 bottles.
Colour: intense and bright ruby red.
Aroma: rich, intense, with evident primary aromas and clear notes of ripe wood berries and spices.
Taste: harmonious, full with well balanced tannins with the fruit and alcohol. Pleasantly persistent.
Matching dishes: very versatile, well matched with tasty first courses, meats, and aged and semi aged cheeses.
Way of serving: Room temperature (18-20°C), use tulip shaped crystal wine goblets.
Home storage: reaches its maturity between the 3rd and 6th year after the harvest. Keep the bottles lying down in a cool and dark place.

Donatella’s red Il Drago wags its tail

After the success obtained by “Il Drago e le 8 Colombe” 2007, now the best vintage of the century is about to go on sale, 2010, and Donatella Cinelli Colombini expects a result with a bang

Written by Donatella Cinelli Colombini



The 2010 harvest launches a new phase for the young estate belonging to Donatella. The vineyards become the protagonists and all the staff works for them trying to emphasize the specificity of the land and the climate. As if nature were to direct a melody and the grape growers together with the cellar staff were to play it without ever trying to change it to their own liking. Never any concessions to the fashion to the market …..never. It is nature that composes the music. Obviously there is the need for a great conductor and this is just what Valérie Lavigne is. A woman with extraordinary sensibility and an immense passion for Italian grape varieties. In the “Il Drago e le 8 Colombe” IGT she has used Sagrantino (together with Sangiovese and Merlot), this is the king of varieties in Umbria, a region which is only 18 km from Fattoria del Colle. The Sagrantino grown on the Tuscan side of the Val di Chiana has more “gentle “character still though maintaining the richness in extracts which distinguish it.
The 2010 harvest is the best that man can remember. The perfect harvest.
Could Donatella’s new style wines have a better launching? Everyone hopes in even better results than those obtained with the previous vintage, the 2007, which was chosen by the British Columbia monopoly and has obtained great results from the press and in its extraordinary sales.

Type: dry red.
Production area: Tuscany, Trequanda, Fattoria del Colle,



Classification: IGT Toscana Rosso.
Vintage characteristics: very rainy winter and spring. Thanks to the abundance of water stored underground the vines resisted well the very hot month of July and the hot month of August. The colouring of the grapes was a long process because of the lack of hydro-.stress which usually starts of the process. The last phase of the vegetative cycle was on the other hand very rapid and the harvest which was foreseen for October, took place in September. The acidity stayed high regardless of the proceeding ripeness, with a high component of malic acid. At the moment of the harvest the grape seeds were totally lignified.
Grape variety: Sangiovese (the same clone used for the Brunello) 60%, Merlot 20%, Sagrantino 20%.
Grape harvest: The best grapes came from the more adult vines with deep roots.
Vinification: in temperature controlled stainless steel vats, with pumping-overs concentrated between the 3rd and 6th day.
Ageing: 18 months in French oak tonneaux.
Colour: dark ruby red.
Aroma: fine full, complex with net perfumes of ripe small red fruits.
Taste: full, harmonious, intense, persistent, well balanced tannins. The particular spicy

Merlot-Donatella-Cinelli-Colombini-shows a grape

Merlot-Donatella-Cinelli-Colombini-shows a grape

note comes from the Sagrantino, the softness from the Merlot and the elegance form the Sangiovese. The alcohol content balances a solid acid and polyphenolic structure with a very pleasant and powerful effect.
Matching dishes: Extremely versatile, well matched with Chinese, Indian Russian dishes…. as long as tasty and with little fat.
Way of serving: This is a wine for great occasions. Serve at room temperature (18-20°C) in clear crystal balloon shaped wine goblets.
Home ageing: apt for 25 years ageing and more. Keep the bottles lying down in a dark and cool place. Have the corks changed in Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s winery around the year 2024.

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