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Bank holiday, April 25th with the Orcia Wine Festival 2017

At Fattoria del Colle three days -from 22nd to 25th April- dedicated to “old waters and new wines” in an intense and long weekend of wellness and fine wines

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25th of April Bank holiday: join the activities of the Orcia Wine Festival in San Quirico d’Orcia (wine tastings, dinners, spa and massages, trekking, music videos….) to those proposed in the Casato Prime Donne winery in Montalcino and in Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda and you will have a spectacular program, something unrepeatable and full of emotions, suggestions, and with an unbeatable regenerating effect.

To know and get to know the secrets regarding fine wines is fun…come and see!

Fattoria del Colle is a small hamlet surrounding a villa and a chapel from the 16th century. An authentic location where most of the furniture, in the rooms and apartments is antique. Restaurant, wellness area,

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parks, winery cookery school and trekking trails are a frame for the experiences dedicated to food , local cuisine (brief lessons and themed dinners), to the tastings organized so as to create sensations, such as the itinerant wine tasting, and the game, Playing winemaker where everyone produced the Supertuscan wine of their dreams.

I Montalcino, in the Casato Prime Donne there will be another surprise: a tour of the winery with a Wine and music itinerant tasting created by Igor Vazzaz the sommelier musician and in the new fermentation hall the showing of the video “The dove’s flight”. The programme of the wine tastings for the bank holiday included also a guided tasting of 5 vintages of Brunello, from the just born vintage 2016 to the great Riserva.

In theme with the title “Old waters and modern wines” the wellness area at Fattoria del Colle proposes a bath in the Jacuzzi with panoramic view, with a glass of wine, vinotherapy in the special juniper tub and massages that make the most of the rejuvenating virtues of grapes. Read more…

Toscana Lovers the boutiques for artistic handicraft

From “Toscana lovers” in Siena and in Bagno Vignoni your shopping becomes a treasure hunt rich in traditional and artistically handmade surprises

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toscana-lovers-tuscan-handcrafts-boutique

These typical local objects of Tuscan handicraft and life style are created with a certain dexterity that renews tradition. With our usual courtesy and competence we will help you discover the typical character and the history of Tuscan and Italian handicraft. An old story, refined and full of creative characters.

If you want to take home some of Tuscany take it from the hand of our artisans and look for something exclusive that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

“Toscana lovers” is an obligatory stop for refined tourists. Each season new handmade objects arrive; they are skillfully made according to tradition by small Tuscan workshops. These are exclusive objects, often one different to the other like the Scarperia knives, the hand loomed cloths and scarves, the life style ceramics, the olive wood objects, soaps with natural essences …… as well as, obviously the wines made by Donatella Cinelli Colombini and her husband Carlo Gardini coming from the Prime Donne winery in Montalcino and from Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda.

Next to excellent Tuscan handicraft there are some Sicilian ceramics, some Venetian glass jewelry and Umbrian cloths.

HOW THE TOSCANA LOVERS SHOPS CAME ABOUT

Toscana lovers Siena is only a short walk from Piazza del Campo in the Nobile Contrada dell’Oca; a little further away is the house where in 1347, Santa Caterina was

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toscana-lovers

born. So we are in the heart of medieval Siena where there is a crossroads of the I tre Terzi (the three parts) of the city. The building where the shop is positioned was originally a convent, then like the entire Fontebranda district it was used for artisan workshops and for shops. It is here that Nello Bianchini had his leather store at the beginning of the 1900’s. From Nello the shop went to his daughter Lelia who passed it on to her son Carlo Gardini who was born in the apartment above the shop.  Carlo married Donatella Cinelli Colombini and together in 2006, they created “Toscana lovers” a store dedicated to high end and extremely traditional handicraft.

On March 24th 2016, the second “Toscana Lovers” store was opened in Bagno Vignoni so as to duplicate the success had by the first in Siena. Bagno Vignoni, which is in the Val d’Orcia park, part Unesco world heritage site for the beauty of its agricultural landscape and because of its towns rich in art. A wonderful frame for a splendid small hamlet that has become a cult destination for those who love wellness, because of its exclusivity and its history. In fact Bagno Vignoni is the only medieval spa still intact; in the village centre stands the baths where Santa Caterina and Lorenzo il Magnifico while on the scope of the hill are the underground mills that were fuelled by the hot water springs.

Toscana Lover is on one side of the  piazza delle Sorgenti.

LATEST ARRIVALS

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Ceramiche-Virgina-pottery-handcrafts

Here are just a few words about the latest arrivals on sale. The floral bowls and plates from Ceramica Virginia, Montelupo Fiorentino, near Florence. Handmade objects in small series, as they have been done for hundreds of years. Showing hydrangeas, daisies and anemones. A touch of style for your dinner table.

From the maestro knife maker Saladini in Scarperia comes a series of 6 knives, each with a handle made of a different type of wood. In this case too new trend s for an elegant table together with tradition Scarperia, like Toledo and Sheffield, is one of the places with the longest tradition in sharp blades, even in Palazzo Vecchio in the heart of the political Grand Duchy of Tuscany, is exhibited a knife from Scarperia. Today technology helps tradition: laser gives the blades a perfect finish.

And for last a simple product like soap. The soap maker Alighiero Campostrini began in 1894 and is the second oldest in all of Tuscany to still be in activity. His logo is still impressed on the soap bars with bronze stamps and they use natural fragrances and ingredients like lavender, pomegranate, olive oil, violets, and the famous iris of the Florence hills.


Toscana Lovers 2 and Donatella Cinelli Colombini repeats

Toscana Lovers a boutique where you find the best artisan products opens a new store in Bagno Vignoni, the most exclusive spa centre in Italia

Toscana Lovers Stefania during preparation

Toscana Lovers Stefania during preparation

It is in the heart of the most beautiful part of Tuscany, where one finds the only medieval spa centre that is still intact, in this minute hamlet near the war water pool where Santa Caterina and Lorenzo il Magnifico bathed: Bagno Vignoni. This is where  Donatella Cinelli Colombini is opening her second store ”Toscana Lovers” dedicated to the best Tuscan handicraft. After the success of her other Siena shop, just round the corner from Piazza del Campo where the Palio race is run, now a second boutique for handmade Tuscan objects.

Bagno Vignoni - Toscana Lovers shop

Bagno Vignoni – Toscana Lovers shop

Her you find knives from Scarperia, the sharp blades famous since the 8th century and made by the master knife make. The Virginia pottery, with its shabby chic style and where every day utensils are reinvented. Then the chopping boards and the tureens made in olive wood loved by northern tourists where these trees can’t grow. Soap bars decorated with bronze stamps and perfuse with natural essences from Tuscany such as the iris, symbol of Florence. Scarves by Cecchi & Cecchi and many objects in resin that trap for ever leaves and flowers. Of course wines too – Brunello, Chianti and Orcia- from the family estates Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino and Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda. Read more…

Extraordinary new olive oil at Fattoria del Colle

Some advice so as to recognize good quality oil and some news regarding my 2015 extra virgin, mono-cultivar from Moraiolo and Correggiolo olives and the blend

Olives picking at Fattoria del Colle

Olives picking at Fattoria del Colle

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini

THE TREQUANDA TERRITORY AND ITS GREAT VOCATION FOR OIL

50% of the quality depends on the  “terroir”, 25% on the olive varieties and the method of picking, the remainder  25% is the merit of the olive mill.  Fattoria del Colle is in one of the best areas in Tuscany for extra virgin olive oil. An extraordinary region where thanks to the dry, cools and ventilated climate pesticides have never been necessary.

Trequanda, where our farm is, is distant from the sea and quite high up with an altitude (404 m) to not have problems with the oleic fly; this lays its eggs in the olives and ruins them.

Bruschetta with new olive oil

Bruschetta with new olive oil

At Fattoria del Colle this horrible insect has arrived twice in two centuries one of which last year. We were unprepared and unfortunately lost our olives. In 2015 fortunately it has not been so but to be sure eco friendly trap-baits were used for the flies. If they had come we would have caught them. The 2015 olives are well formed and the pulp is consistent and hard.

OLIVE PICKING AT FATTORIA DEL COLLE

No flies and a splendid quantity of olives in the 6 hectares of olive grove. The olive harvest has already begun, slightly sooner than usual so that the warm climate during 2015 autumn do not damage the quality of the harvest. Read more…


I wish to give you a wild flower to put on your table

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Platters, tureens, coasters which capture in resin ears of wheat, fruit, and leaves all bring into your home nature. You can find them in the Toscana Lovers shop in Siena


handicraft from Tuscany - salad bowl

handicraft from Tuscany - salad bowl

Riccardo Marzi is son and grand son of sculptors, he too has studied art and has worked in several art studios in Florence until he created his own laboratory. He has designed a range of objects made in resin where nature has been “captured”. So you have corn, ears of wheat, leaves, fruit portions all arrive on the table with a touch of nature and class. Class, because the artistic imprinting is present in each of these objects which are all different one from the other and all characterized with extreme compositive elegance. Colourful, unbreakable, lightweight casual and elegant at the same time. Read more…

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