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November 4-8, Merano Wein Festival

In the most exclusive wine tasting in Italy we too will be present with 5 awarded wines among which the two Brunello 2012 previews, each with a gold medal

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini 



Merano Wine Festival for the last 25 years has been the appointment not to be missed for those who work with or love high quality wines, because those invited to participate are only the best wineries and the best wines. The organizer Helmuth Köcher was born in Merano, he has a degree in Political Sciences taken in  Innsbruck, he often wears black and has a strong personality; he is practically a myth for his unlimited competence regarding wine and food excellencies from all over the world.IT is he together with two friends who have created in 1992 the GourmetClub Alto Adige and the

Brunello di Montalcino 2012 DonatellaCinelliColombini

Brunello di Montalcino 2012 DonatellaCinelliColombini

Merano WineFestival, first Italian event to accept only producers of high quality wines. Today next to the wines are served also oil, grappa and other foods, also from abroad and from 100 Italian high end gastronomy. Read more…

The cities where they drink more wine

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Paris uncorks 697 millions of bottles per year, in second place there is Buenos Aires followed by Ruhr metropolitan area in Germany

By Donatella Cinelli ColombiniMontalcinoCasato Prime Donne

Paris is the city where they drink more wine

Paris is the city where they drink more wine

Among the cities where they drink more wine in the world 3 are Italians: Milan, Naples and Rome. Milan is in 4th position overall with 301 million bottles. Naples surprisingly beats Rome with 188 million bottles and places 8th in the world, while the Eternal City stops at 177 million bottles. The real surprise comes by comparing these numbers with the inhabitants and tourists for each city. In fact Rome is definitely the most densely populated among them, with over 8,5 million people, while Milan doesn’t reach 1,5 million and Naples is under 1 million.

To that we need to add the tourists, notoriously big fans of Italian cuisine, that gladly indulge in wine tastings and shopping, to the point where one out of two usually goes home with an Italian bottle in their luggage.

In the ranking of the most visited Italian cities, Rome (with 8.780 million arrivals)

Naples is the city that "drinks" more wine in Italy

Naples is the city that “drinks” more wine in Italy

dominates over Milan (6.050.000) that gets second place and we find Naples only in 9th place. So, overall, the study carried out by the Isneec Wine & Spirit Insitute business school on the data collected by OIV leaves us a little perplexed.

It reminds us of the study carried out a few years ago on the “Nations with the highest wine consumption per person”, that saw on the first place of the ranking the Vatican City, unleashing the most blasphemous comments on the usage of wine during Mass. Actually, at least in that case, the ratio between the 800 residents and the tourists’ wine consumption easily explained the statistics. Read more…

Let me introduce you to Michela the new chef at Fattoria del Colle

Michela Amori is a 36 year old brunette, with a lovely face and lissom movements. In the kitchen she is fierce, she is competent, refined, and has great imagination.

Michela the new chef for Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Donatella Cinelli Colombini new chef

What she loves most is fresh pasta. When she was a child she used to go and sat with her grandmother, who was cook for a very important Roman journalist. Every Monday morning they would roll out the pasta together, and even today when she makes fresh pasta following her grandmother’s teachings, Michela thinks of her. In fact when she is alone, Michela likes to eat pasta with a revisited Carbonara dressing which she invented herself, starting with the cinta senese “gotino” (meat from the cheek) and the onions from Certaldo.

If this is her professional sweetest memory, then her worst one is the dinner for the “prova generale” for the Contrada del Drago with 650 people seated and 3 people in the kitchen to help her. A nightmare.

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2012 Tourism with spendthrift foreigners especially Russians

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Lost 11 million touristic presences in Italy, fewer rooms filled in hotel but there is an increase in spending by non European tourists.

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There are few certainties for Italian tourism were the non registered nights seem to be, according to ISTAT, 56%ofte total and in  Puglia they would even multiply by 6 the official number. A situation which make any evaluation doubtful and especially makes a credible projection for the future impossible, but Trademark, the major Italian institute for surveys, tries all the same concluding with a situation full of light and shadows.

The first negative element is the amount spent on promotion: summing up all the expenses of all the regions we obtain an amount that is double that invested in Spain, three times as much as what is spent in France and 10 times the USA budget. But if only it were of some use! In fact though it results as being a  << conceited exhibition that goes on since 1970 … waist, double expenses, false buyers, false educational trips, mess ups ….>> as they are descried by Aureliano Bonini from Trademark who brings attention to the large number of politic delegations who go abroad. Read more…

A mouth of truth in Tuscany like in Rome

At the Fattoria del Colle, a working farm and hotel situated in Tuscany overlooking the Val d’Orcia, there is an Enchanted Wood with specially named and themed trees, the one named the Truth tree also has a mouth

The mouth of the Tree of Truth – Fattoria del Colle

Right in front of the sixteenth century villa of the Fattoria del Colle, there is a path which leads to a magical forest where very special trees grow. The Ringing Tree which rings bells by pulling their strings, the Tree of Fear with fearsome chains, blood and pumpkins at Halloween, the Tree of lies with Pinocchio’s red nose

… Then there is the Tree of Truth with a bow to celebrate the birth of a baby and a funeral cross, the only two things which everyone can accept as being the truth: birth and death.

For some days next to this tree there is the mouth of truth with a lion ready to

The Mouth of Truth – the Tree of Vanity

eat the fingers of those who lie.

Would you like to try?

The Enchanted Forest is a place where a natural playground and traditional culture have been intertwined and reproduced , sending strong messages to all who venture there. In short, it is not only a place for kids to play. In fact the Kissing Tree has a seat under the mistletoe and lots of rings where lovers can attach padlocks indicating the strength of their love. This romantic location is perhaps one of the reasons why Fattoria del Colle hosts many weddings and wedding banquets.

Mouth of Truth-Tree of vanity

Mouth of Truth-Tree of vanity

In this working Farm and hotel there are individual villas, apartments and rooms to rent, 3 swimming pools, a restaurant and wonderful grounds. There is even a special Honeymoon room for the newly married couple. It was originally created for the Granduke of Tuscany Pietro Leopoldo of Habsburg and his lover Isabella, and it has

Mouth-of-truth –Tree of Envy

wonderful views of the stunning landscape which surrounds the farm.

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