The monumental tree at Fattoria del Colle is called quercia Italia and is about 160 years old. Its trunk and its branches frame a breathtaking panorama
Quercia Italia Fattoria del colle vineyards in autumn
By Donatella Cinelli Colombini
It was born around 1860 when Tuscany voted the plebiscite for the annexation to the Kingdom of Italy. This is why it is called Quercia Italia. The Tuscans voted on March 11th and 12th 1860, with 366.571 favourable votes, about 96% of the voting population. To be noted that becoming part of Italy meant that women lost their right to vote, whereas whilst part of the Grand duchy they could since 1849. Our oak tree consequently remembers an important moment of local history. It is in front of Villa Archi in one of the spots where the panorama is unforgettable. A glimpse of something that seems to come out of a 14th century fresco. This view stretches from Monte Amiata on the right to Siena on the opposite side and in the middle the soft hills of the Crete Senesi and of the Val d’Orcia. No factories, no overpasses, everything seems miraculously intact, only that at sunset the electric lights come on!
The quercia Italia has an enormous trunk. At 130 cm from the ground its circumference is of 4, 20 meters and a little above its heavy branches begin. However it is so well proportioned that it does not reveal its grandiosity straight away. Its canopy is also large but not very large maybe because the very sandy soil has beneath it a Layer of compact clay that stops the roots to go very deep. For this reason in the hot and very dry summer in 2017 lots of oak trees in the woods surrounding Fattoria del Colle became yellow as if they were about to die. Read more…
“Brunello and Orcia people and land “ is the theme of this prize. The Casato Prime Donne Award dedicates as usual a section to photography and to the best snap of the Val d’Orcia, a wonderful countryside that Unesco has made world heritage site in 2004.
The 5 finalist photos have been chosen by the award’s jury made up of Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Rosy Bindi, Anselma Dell’Olio, Anna Pesenti, Stefania Rossini, Anna Scafuri ad Daniela Viglione.
Until September 4th it will be possible to access the voting box so as to choose the winner. It is sufficient to click on the button here below, look at the 5 images and choose your favourite; this can be done only once.
Casato Prime Donne Award – Photographic Contest
The Casato Prime Donne Award has reached this year its 18th edition. It emphasizes the best work by journalists and photographers regarding the wine territories in south of Siena and every year chooses a “Prima Donna”, a woman who during the year stands out because of her way of life or in her work so as to become an example to women and not only. The list of past winners includes extraordinary women such as Samantha Cristoforetti the astronaut, Ilaria Capua the scientist, Sandra Savaglio, Giuseppina Maria Nicolini Mayor of Lampedusa. At Casato Prime Donne each of them has left a quotation that has been inscribed on a travertine block and put next pieces of contemporary art by young Tuscan artists. The Auteur trail winds its way through the Brunello vineyards and around the winery and during the past few years has become a meditation itinerary as well as an example of land art.
The winning photograph will also remain forever exhibited inside the Ilda Bartoloni Hall- she was the journalist to whom we owe the format of this award – together with the 17 other winning images of previous editions. A spectacular panorama of the Brunello and Orcia wine territories as seen by the greatest landscape photographers, who have all been struck by the image a lady grape picker or an ethereal sunrise amidst the fog, or by a vineyard in autumn, or by a solitary cypress tree alone on a hill. A thousand fascinating aspects of these territories in the southern part of Tuscany where the wonderful Brunello and Orcia wines are made and that present us every day with this show of a harmonious meeting between nature and man, who with respect has modelled it.
For more information
Casato Prime Donne – Antonella Marconi -+39 0577 849421 firstname.lastname@example.org
Fattoria del Colle – Alessia Bianchi – +39 0577 662108 email@example.com
We have organized weddings for world champions, film producers, and people from high finance coming from 16 different nations … and they all said that <<getting married at Colle is the best>>
By Sara Mazzeschi, Fattoria del Colle
Wedding at fattoria del Colle
This is because at the table there is Brunello with other wines that receive International prizes, because the cutting of the cake takes place in the woods with lighting by the set designer of “4 weddings and a funeral”, because the honeymoon is spent in the bedroom that once belonged to the Grand Duke of Tuscany, because the panoramas are the most beautiful in the world and because Fattoria del Colle is an authentic place, with more than 400 years of noble history and a wedding needs a true frame , true like the love that united the bride and groom.
I have been to many ceremonies all over Italy but I must say that getting married in Tuscany is unbeatable. In fact, with figures in hand, it is the most sought after destination, villas, castles and farmhouses are all possible locations, and they are springing up like mushrooms. Fattoria del Colle, in South of Siena, where I organize weddings, has in the past seen dozens of couples ask for perfection for their Day and never has this magic place disappointed them. Buy why choose it? Why is getting married here best? Read more…
A perfect blend of excellent wines, art and captivating activities: these are the wine tours at Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda and Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino
Wine Tour – Brunello 2010 – Donatella Cinelli Colombini
By Alice Bracciali, Fattoria del Colle
Our key words are authenticity and excellence. Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s ancestors were already owners of Fattoria del Colle and Casato Prime Donne at the end of the 16th century; these are today open to the public for guided tastings and wine tours.
Our proposals give one the possibility of tasting wines that win International awards and the possibility of learning family history and stories together with other small wine making secrets: during the itinerant tastings in fact you will be guided to discover the most hidden corners of these two historical estates. Among the tours, some of which are very suggestive and fascinating, such as “Let’s play winemaker” and the “Wine and Music tasting”, which are absolute novelties and enrich our portfolio of activities in a curious and captivating way. Read more…
The Colle Piccino farmhouse, after 500 years, becomes Villa Archi: antique furnishings, air conditioning in the rooms, TV, Wi-Fi… but the authenticity remains
Villa Archi Toscana fireplace room
By Donatella Cinelli Colombini
178 m2 including a large dining area, kitchen, 7 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. Outside there is a private pool, picnic area under the century old oak trees and a park that reaches the Vineyard. Inside the flooring is authentic from farming times, as is the enormous fireplace with niches on the side and the open gallery, but the style is refined and lively with antique furniture, coordinated upholstery and original paintings.
swimming pool villa Archi Toscana
This is the largest villa at Fattoria del Colle, and the restyling has transformed it into a place for holidays for real Tuscany lovers. Only 200 m away, in the farm hamlet, there are a restaurant, the wellness area, the winery for wine and oil tastings, the cookery school and 3 equipped parks. All this plus the daily activities offered which enrich guests’ stays: brief cookery lessons, tastings, and guided tours also to the winery Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino. Read more…