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Vinitaly business also at the table

Vinitaly means wine tastings, sales contracts, journalists, conventions but not only….. in the evening there are dinners and even the opportunity to dance
In the day time everybody works in the stands where operators, especially those from the new markets have arrived in great numbers, but in the evening the restaurants and buildings in the historic centre of Verona are busy with new appointments, sometime more profitable than those in the morning. Dinners with importers, gala evenings, and dinners with a ball, like the one organized by the young members of AGIVI (giovani imprenditori vitivinicoli italiani).

Women in wine - Restaurant I dodici Apostoli in Verona

Women in wine - Restaurant I dodici Apostoli in Verona

Here are the photos of two different dinners, but both beautiful; the dinner organize by the Donne del vino in the restaurant I Dodici apostoli and the black tie dinner organized by the Comitato Grandi Cru in Palazzo della Ragione, a particularly suggestive location because of it frescoed wall just like a medieval villa. The fist is in one of the best and most exclusive venues in Verona. It was built above the temples of the roman city still today visible. The second dinner had as a frame the Palazzo della Ragione which is in the romantic part of the city of Romeo and Juliet, between Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza dei Signori.

It has an indoor courtyard and a kingly atmosphere of a building that was the centre of the medieval political power in Verona. During the dinner

Verona Grandi Cru d'Italia Awards

Verona Grandi Cru d'Italia Awards

Prized were awarded to Italian and foreign journalists chosen by the producers members of Grandi Cru. Among them Monica Larner from Wine Enthusiast and WineNews a web daily publication created by Irene Chiari and Alessandro Regoli in Montalcino. This last prize filled with joy and pride the hearts of all of us from Montalcino.

Seen for you Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Wellness centre with a view at agriturismo Fattoria del Colle

In the new wellness centre of the Agriturismo Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda, which is owned by Donatella Cinelli Colombini, the surrounding countryside itself creates  part of the relaxing ambiance, the stunning vineyards, the vegetable gardens full of tasty produce, the themed guided tours and walks and the many festivals and celebrations which occur frequently through the year where you can meet new people and make new friends

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Jacuzzi with a view

‘The wellness centre will have a huge jacuzzi for private use, it will be able to be used exclusively by you together with your friends and family. You will be able to enjoy a great wine at sunset with views of some of the most beautiful countryside in the world stretching out in front of you.’This is the vision which has inspired Donatella Cinelli Colombini to develop the new Spa Centre in the Fattoria del Colle in southern Chianti. ‘It is a lovely property which will be available for up to 6 people for their exclusive use thus ensuring total privacy.’  Donatella concludes. But these are not the only things which make this relaxation centre unique. The design concept and the facilities are very modern however it has further been enhanced by the addition of some hand-made tiles whose designs are based on the illustrations found on nineteenth-century tiles which were used in traditional Turkish baths of that period and the Odalisque which were painted by Ingres. These  stunning decorations help to create the relaxed ambience and felling of wellbeing and, dare we say, makes the environment a little bit sexy. Here you have the opportunity to enjoy delicious wine whilst relaxing in the warm water of the pool.

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The Relaxation centre is being created for the use of the guests of the Fattoria del Colle which include many  different types of people, some professional and some intellectual, in particular we find that foreigners are attracted to come and enjoy a visit at the fifteenth  century farm house.  All the Apartments and Bedrooms are furnished with Antiques, but no televisions, there are 3 swimming pools, 4  gardens  and parkland with age old trees, a games lodge with a pool table,  a restaurant which serves traditional local dishes from the Siena area (which have been even further improved by our excellent chef), a cooking school and  most important of all two wineries for the production of Brunello, Chianti and Doc Orcia wine.

The Relaxation Spa Centre has been created in an annex of the villa and has breathtaking views over the Val d’Orcia and the Crete Senesi. It is equipped with a turkish bath, a sauna,  a relaxation room, a hydro massage shower, a Kneipp pool and a hot tub. Individual massages take place directly in the guests own rooms to ensure maximum comfort and privacy.

Agriturismo Fattoria del Colle is situated at the  centre of an area which is

Idromassaggio e pediluvio

Jacuzzi and Kneipp pool

surrounded by stunning towns which are re-known for their Architecture and Art: Cortona, Montepulciano, Pienza, San Quirico d’ Orcia and Montalcino. La Fattoria del Colle has 101 beds all of which are situated within historic buildings. We offer our visitors a weekly program which includes cooking lessons, guided tours of the cellars with wine tastings, archery in our local woods and lovely events which we organise in our wine cellar, these often include the opportunity to taste truffles, local cheeses and even Tuscan cigars all accompanied by contemporary music such as  Gianna NanniniBaustelle and Jovanotti. For lovers of great wines and Tuscan cuisine we also hold  theme weekends where you can experience and enjoy both. And now, on top of all these wonderful experiences we have added the wellness spa.  We aim to offer top quality equipment and facilities, situated within minimalist architecture which we feel sure will help to pamper even the most demanding of our customers and ensure that they achieve complete relaxation and leave feeling fully rejuvenated.

25 euros per person – entrance to the centre for 2 hours.
200 euros for 2 people for the exclusive rent  of the spa for 2 hours.

Donatella Cinelli Colombini wineries among the 10 more fantastic winery to visit



Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda

Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda

Traveller” UK  from the “Condé Nast” editorial group, so as if to say, the queen of tourism magazines, in the May 2011 edition has published the 10 most beautiful wineries to visit in Toscana and Umbria, ours are in third position.



A bronze medal for Donatella Cinelli Colombini wineries, surpassed only by Tenuta di Capezzana and Fonterutoli.  An unexpected but very welcomed honour which projects us among the  excellent destinations of Italian wine tourism. In our wineries the tours are different to other places. At Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda the visit includes the halls of 16th century villa with the bedroom which once belonged to the Grand Duke of Tuscany, the chapel, the gardens, and obviously the winery which produces Chianti and Doc Orcia wines. The tour begins in a medieval hermitage, crosses the remains of a tower and finally rises up into the loft where the Vinsanto caratelli are stored.
At Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino  the Brunello barrels are alternated with frescoes regarding Montalcino’s

Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino

Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino

 history, and the  hall for the wine tastings exhibits the most beautiful photographs of the Val d’Orcia  from the last 10 years. For those who would like to work off some of the wine tasted , before driving once again there is a path through the Sangiovese vineyards with panoramic resting spots where works of contemporary art and quotations from famous women enrich the landscape.

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