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Valentine’s Day, celebrate early with a weekend in the countryside

Valentine’s Day: Weekend in a country inn in Tuscany while waiting, a lovers romantic stay dedicated to the “green& sexy” couples’ love

San-Valentino-massages - and - vinotherapy -at- Fattoria-del-Colle

San-Valentino-massages – and – vinotherapy -at- Fattoria-del-Colle

For Valentine’s Day: aphrodisiac Sienese cookery lesson, solemn promise in front of the golden tree, wine bath and couples’ massage ..Candle-lit dinners, tours of wineries… a weekend where you can live more intensely your romance in the quiet and noble Tuscan countryside.

For information write to holiday@cinellicolombini.it or call +39 0577662108.

GREAT WINES AND GREAT LOVES

The most precious products of the earth: wine and oil, contain aphrodisiac benefits known for centuries and that have r recently been confirmed by scientists. The discovery regarding red wine published by “Journal of Sexual Medicine” demonstrates how a couple of glasses increase desire within the couple. Without exaggerating though, too much has exactly the opposite effect, a fit of drowsiness.

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Valentine’s -Day -Montalcino-itinerant-wine-tasting-at-Casato-Prime-Donne

What better place than Fattoria del Colle to verify the discoveries regarding the sexy virtues of wine?  In the Montalcino wineries and at Fattoria del Colle wines highly rated by the International press are made. Plus there is a restaurant on the hamlet, where the old farmhouses and the 16th century villa have been changed into

During the weekend we have foreseen tours of the wineries plus wine tasting.

 

COUPLES’ MASSAGE WITH OIL AND ESSENCES

Among the noble gifts of the earth is also the extra virgin olive oil that has aphrodisiac effects: an oil massage, especially done as a couple, prepares the skin for caresses and stimulates pleasure with its aroma, which, added to lavender or other natural essences acts as aromatherapy and helps seduction. Read more…

Brunello 2012, five stars, a dream of a wine

Great vintage for Brunello and for Casato Prime Donne where the vineyards give their best when the weather is really hot

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Brunello-di-Montalcino-2012-Casato-Prime-Donne

The Casato Prime Donne winery belonged to Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s ancestors already at the end of the 16th century when they were paying taxes for the cultivation of the land. It was used as a hunting lodge and for honeymoons, and for 4 centuries it has never been sold but has been passed down from one generation to another.

Since 1998 it is the first Italian winery to be staffed only by women: the cellar staff, the sales staff and the reception staff all are girls. The Casato Prime Donne wines are exported into 34 nations around the world and receive excellent ratings from wine critics all over the world.

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Brunello-di-Montalcino-Casato-Prime-Donne-2012

This Brunello comes from 16 hectares of vineyard – pruning, cleaning, tying green harvest and harvest – all done by a team of 8 expert grape growers. Casato Prime Donne is on the northern slope of Montalcino, the cooler area that has had the most benefits from the  surrounding the winery where only Sangiovese is grown. The vines are reared, pruned tied harvested all manually by a team of 8 expert grape growers. Casato Prime Donne is on the northern slope of Montalcino the cooler area that has had most benefits thanks to the global warming and particularly in the hot dry vintages such as 2012, is where absolute excellence is created. In the Brunello territory the 2012 vintage is considered a top year with 5 stars. 

Type: dry red.

Production area: Tuscany, Montalcino, Casato Prime Donne Read more…


Rosso di Montalcino 2015: will it be a repetition of the 2010 vintage?

Rosso di Montalcino 2015

Rosso di Montalcino 2015

Well deserved 5 stars for this 2015 harvest. The Rosso di Montalcino from Casato Prime Donne fills us with enthusiasm.

Everybody is asking if the 2015 vintage will be a repetition of the 2010. You will be the first to give your opinion to this Rosso di Montalcino, while waiting for the Brunello that is still resting in the barrels.

In 2015 the ripening of the Sangiovese grapes was slow and perfect thanks to the position of the vineyards being on the cooler side of the Montalcino hill. The clusters reached the day of picking sound with a great balance inn  acidity, alcohol and polyphenolic ripening. Fantastic!

The 2015 harvest was a musical one: splendid grapes, sunny weather and in the fields 18 pickers among which many young adults with earphones as if they were joggers. Maybe it was the music that gave them the right charge and rhythm because they were

Vendemmia 2016 - Casato Prime Donne, Montalcino

Vendemmia 2016 – Casato Prime Donne, Montalcino

very rapid, with these red crates moving quickly. The cellar master Barbara Magnani had to ask them often to slow down so as to give the women time to chose the grapes carefully on the sorting tables before sending them into the fermentation vats. A happy harvest, that even when the wine was in the cellar, continued to prove favourable with slower and longer fermentations than usual. The vinification started softly and proceeded for 10 days, very regularly, while, in other vintages the transformation of sugar into alcohol, took place in half the time. Fantastic!

 

TYPE: dry red.

PRODUCTION AREA: Toscana, Montalcino, Casato Prime Donne.

VINTAGE CHARACTERISTICS: Very rainy winter with a rapid beginning of the vegetative cycle of the vineyards thanks to the humidity in the soil. A torrid month of July slowed the process. Veraison at the end of July. Cool August with a slow and regular ripening of the grapes.

GRAPE TYPE : 100% Sangiovese .

GRAPE HARVEST: From September 18th – 25th. The grapes were handpicked with a careful selection in the vineyard The grapes arrived very quickly into the cellar: from the moment they were picked to the arrival into the fermentation tank no more than 30 minutes passed.

Rosso di Montalcino 2015

Rosso di Montalcino 2015

VINIFICATION: in truncated-cone shaped stainless steel vats with cooling jackets and plunger , that allows the skins to be submerged as was done long ago, without the use of pumps. For the first time the Casato Prime Donne winery experimented with a naked cement truncated-cone shaped vat , just for this Rosso di Montalcino.

BARREL AGEING: 6-12 in 5 an 7 hectoliter oak tonneaux.

QUANTITY PRODUCED: 28,000 bottles.

COLOUR: very intense and brilliant ruby red.

AROMA: the fragrant notes connected to the grapes recall ripe small red berries and spices that come from the barrel oak.

TASTE: fine, full, soft, pleasantly harmonious in its equilibrium between tannic structure and richness in fruit. Pleasantly long lasting

MATCHING DISHES: very versatile, well matched with tasty first courses that are not very fatty, such as soups, meat, and cheeses.

WAY OF SERVING: serve at room temperature (16-18°C), use tulip shaped crystal wine goblets.

HOME STORAGE: the red wines from Montalcino are all long lasting, but one cannot hope that the Rosso di Montalcino lasts decades like the Brunello. Keep the bottles lying down in a cool (16°C) and dark place and drink within 4 years from the harvest.

 

Chaimaa Fatihi, Giuseppe Casciaro, Bruno Gambacorta and Filippa Lagerback Casato Prime Donne 2016

The Casato Prime Donne jury; with for the first time Donatella Cinelli Colombini as President, have chosen a Muslim young woman who is against Isis

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Casato Prime Donne Award 2016 – Chaimaa Fatihi

3 big names have been chosen among those who divulge this territory: Giuseppe Casciaro editor of the Repubblica supplements, Bruno Gambacorta with his Eat Parade and Filippa Lagerback with her tourism by bike.

Chaimaa Fatihi, 23 years old, is studying law in Modena and is the commissary for the Giovani Musulmani d’Italia (young Muslims in Italy) at the Forum Nazionale Giovani, straight after the attack at Bataclan spoke for the Koran followers who are horrified by violence with an open letter -to terrorists then published on the front page of “Repubblica” <<Maledetti Teroristi– Damned terrorists>> she wrote <<My faith is in Islam, a religion that preaches peace …. As a Muslim I disclaim you, I fight you with words, with information, with the voice of those who live daily their faith and being an example of its teachings>>.

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Casato Prime Donne Award 2016 – Filippa Lagerback

In this young woman who has affronted the fundamentalists wearing her veil and bare handed, the Jury of the Casato Prime Donne Award – made up of Donatella Cinelli Colombini president, Rosy Bindi, Anselma Dell’Olio, Anna Pesenti, Stefania Rossini, Anna Scafuri and Daniela Viglione- has seen an example of courage and a new type of femininity able to move consciences

The prizes for the journalism sections, destined to those who divulge the Montalcino territory and Brunello went to  Giuseppe Casciaro for the article Dall’albergo vicino a Montalcino un panorama suggestivo. Castello di Velona published in “La Repubblica”, Bruno Gambacorta for his TV programme called 50 anni della DOC sent on air byTG2 Eat Parade and Filippa Lagerback for her TV programme In bici con Filippa: Montalcino sent on air by “Bike Channel”.

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Wine tours, the winery, and strange questions

Tour after tour, year after year, the questions asked by visitors have been many, and some, sometimes …quite strange!

Wine tours at Casato Prime Donne, Montalcino

Wine tours at Casato Prime Donne, Montalcino

By Sara MazzeschiFattoria del Colle

One of the fun aspects of my job at Fattoria del Colle is the time I spend with guests visiting the estate. Be it here or at Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino it is really nice to show experts or wine lovers where we produce and age the Chianti, Doc Orcia and Brunello.

I have always thought that telling people what is “behind”  a bottle of wine, the challenges, the decisions and everything else that brings to a quality wine , to be the most important aspect of my job, that is why I am always happy to see the curious expressions of those following me and to hear their questions. It must be said though that there is no limit to what I have been asked,  every time I think that I have heard the best then a young bright lad or a professor lifts his glasses to look at me all the better… and I remain speechless. Read more…

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