3 weekends at Fattoria del Colle when you can live and relive the experience and unique atmosphere of the haverst among Brunello and Chianti vineyards
20-21 / 27-28 september
On the 20th of september, a little later then expected, Donatella Cinelli Colombini‘s
wineries will give the go to the harvest! The grapes are almost fully ripen and totally healthy, so it appears to be a good year. Let’s hope for a great harvest! Fattoria del Colle proposes, for the occasion, a brand new offer for stays and activities all dedicated to the harvest. Come and experience the emotions and the unique atmosphere to the grape harvest in southern Chianti to discover how the great red Tuscan wines like Brunello di Montalcino and Chianti are born and the secrets hidden behind these bottles. All of this happens while immersed in the surroundings of a 16th century estate where apartments have been created from the old farmhouses. This is not just a trip back in time but a fun day in the vineyard and in the cellar with guided technical tastings by expert staff, and dinners with typical dishes from the Crete Senesi and Val d’ Orcia areas.
In October the program will be enriched with a Vinotherapy program in our wellness centre at Fattoria del Colle
To conclude the trip we suggest a visit to the cities of art close by such as Pienza and Montepulciano, Cortona and San Quirico-Bagno Vignoni, or to continue you “divine “weekend in Montalcino. Read more…
We are very optimistic about the wine harvest. The clusters of grapes tend to be sparse with berries growing on small stalks. We feel confident to predict that we will be ahead of our timetabled harvest by almost 10 days
Green harvest of Foglia tonda vines
The rains in the second half of July have reduced the water stress that the vines were experiencing thus lengthening the time for the maturing of the fruit. The colour change of the grapes is even better than we anticipated and is more like the colours we would expect in vines which are planted in lower fields.
The grapes were definitely less abundant last year and we considered that to be quite a sparse crop. This year we have been able to remove any excess clusters, especially in vineyards where some of the new vines were too laden with grapes, they would have producted much more than the optimal production of 1.200 kg from every 4 bunches. This ‘green harvest’ was carried out at the Casato Prime Donne di Montalcino on the Sangiovese grapes which are intended for the Brunello and the Rosso di Montalcino and at Fattoria del Colle nel Sud del Chianti , in the vineyards of the Doc Orcia Cenerentola and the Leone Rosso.
We are very excited about the quality of these grapes and anticipate a 5 star harvest.
In Montalcino thinning the grapes allows us to control production to around 60 quintals of grapes per acre, which is a crop production which is determined by the official assembly of wine producers. This level of production relies entirely on the quality of the grapes which are being grown. We hope that the sun will shine the appropriate amount and help us to achieve our anticipated 5 star harvest.
Casato Prime Donne - green harvest
The next job for those of us who tenderly look after the grapes will be the cutting back of the leaves which can only be performed when the sun is weaker and in the vineyards
Bonella showing us Sangiovese
which we pick last. This operation allows the grapes to dry quickly, in case of rain, and avoids them being attacked by mould. This is therefore a natural way to try and avoid any mould problems. We only ever use anti-mould products in the event of very severe weather conditions.
The harvest will begin with the Traminer grapes at the end of August, in early September we plan to start on the Merlot and between 10th and 15th the Sangiovese will probably be ready for picking.
Donatella Cinelli Colombini