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The quercia Italia at Fattoria del Colle

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

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. Fattoria-del-Colle-Trequanda-300x225This 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…

Rosso di Montalcino 2016  with exceptional finesse and complexity

In 2016 the long vegetative cycle and an extremely slow ripening gave us a Rosso di Montalcino that opens up in the mouth with a velvety, and young fullness.



The success obtained by the last vintages of Rosso di Montalcino by Donatella Cinelli Colombini has surpassed all of our expectations. Other than being very well accepted by the market, there have been some excellent ratings from Wine Spectator (91/100) and Decanter (17,5/20) and the Gold medal from the Merano Wine Festival.

The 2016 vintage intends outdoing these fantastic results thanks to its characteristics of finesse and complexity. It is a young wine, but important and very elegant, with silky tannins that are able to hide the wine’s powerfulness. It is perfectly matched with tasty fist courses, meats and most of all aged cheeses.

During the 2016 harvest the clusters arriving were small, with small and perfect berries.Cesta rossa Vendemmia 2016 Montalcino For the first time after many years, in 2016 the grape ripening was so slow, thanks to the cool nights and the sunny days during the month of September. In fact the grape skin ripening (poliphenolic) was ready before the pulp ripening (regarding acids and alcohol) and this has permitted the production of wines with a moderate alcohol content but with an extraordinary richness in colour and taste. The diurnal temperature variation in September is also responsible for the particular aroma of this wine..

TYPE: dry red.

Tinaia Casato Prime DonnePRODUCTION AREA: Toscana, Montalcino, Casato Prime Donne.

VINTAGE CHARACTERISTICS: Mild and very rainy winter. The buds arrived soon. In Spring the rain disturbed the flowering and so reduced the dimension and the number of clusters. The summer was hot but interrupted by rains storms. September had cool nights and sunny days which favoured a regular ripening.

GRAPE TYPE : 100% Sangiovese .

GRAPE HARVEST:  The grapes were handpicked and chosen in the vineyard . In less than half an hour the clusters reached the cellar where they were de-stemmed and underwent a second selection on sorting tables.

VINIFICATION: in truncated cone shaped bare cement vats that are open on top, with a Rosso 16 wine stopplunger and temperature controlled to the finesse of the wine. The years used in fermentation are indigenous chosen in Casato Prime Donne by Enobiotech.

BARREL AGEING: 6-12 months in French 5-7 hectolitre tonneaux.

QUANTITY PRODUCED: 35,000 bottles.

COLOUR: intense and brilliant ruby red.

AROMA:  ripe red berries with hints of spices coming from the oak used for ageing.

TASTE: fine, harmonious, satisfying,  with tannins well balanced with the richness in fruit. Pleasantly long lasting

MATCHING DISHES: very versatile, well matched with  food rich in taste that is not fatty, such as tasty first courses, meat, cold cuts and cheeses.

WAY OF SERVING: serve at room temperature (16-18°C), use wide tulip shaped crystal wine goblets.

HOME STORAGE: al of the Montalcino wines are long lasting but the Rosso di Montalcino is destined to be consumed young.  Keep the bottles lying down in a cool (16°C) and dark place and drink within 4 years from the harvest.

Excellent ratings for Brunello from Robert Parker – Wine Advocate

Brunello Prime Donne 2013 – 95,  Brunello Riserva 2012 – 93, Brunello 2013 – 92, Brunello 2012 Io sono Donatella 91 from Monica Larner – Robert Parker-Wine Advocate

Ratings Wine Advocate 18By Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Casato Prime Donne

Monica I love you!

It is easy for a wine producer to love a wine critic who appreciates their wine. But it is even easier to love a wine critic who appreciates the wine and sees mirrored in it the producer’s personality. For this reason I really adore Monica Larner the Italian reviewer for Robert Parker Jr- Wine Advocate .When she wrote <<….because of her steadfast dedication to all things Tuscan and wine-related, she is one of the figures I admire most in today’s world of vino italiano>>  I nearly fainted.



Monica was born into a family connected to wine and cinema. Her father Steven Larner, of whom she writes with great love, has been director of photography for very successful films and TV productions, while her brother is wine maker in the family estate in the Ballard Canyon, in Santa Barbara, California and has passed the last few months living the nightmare of the California wildfires.

Monica has had on-hand experience regarding grape growing, including the pruning process. She has in other words a past as a pure journalist with collaborations with La Repubblica, International Herald Tribune and Corriere della Sera, but at the same time a real “grape grower”. In 2003 she began working for Wine Enthusiast and judging Italian wines and getting famous for her great nose able to discover emerging wines from regions such as Etna. Read more…

Women of Wine Festival and the Festa delle Donne del Vino

Debra Meiburg queen of wine in China and her event Women of Wine Festival connect with the Festa delle Donne del Vino that now becomes an international network.

Women of Wine Festival

Women of Wine Festival (WOW)

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Montalcino, Casato Prime Donne

Debra Meiburg is one of the best known experts in the world: she is the first Master of Wine in Asia and is a member of the Education Committee of the famous British Institute.  She is 7th among the most influential women in wine in the world according to Global Ranking, her TV show shown in Chinese taxis has 70 million viewers per month, and she is also wine consultant for Cathay Pacific airlines.

In 2008 she created the in Hong Kong a society called Meiburg Wine Media MWM with the scope of divulging wine culture in Asia. It is a real sort off “wine hub” the works in an immense scenario: from New Delhi to Tokyo, from Beijing to Jakarta.

Women of Wine Festival (WOW) Debra Meiburg and other influencers

Women of Wine Festival (WOW) Debra Meiburg and other influencers

It is for professionals of this market and for wine lovers but it is a point of reference for all press member of this sector, because, other than the traditional forming activities it offers innovative and stimulating services that allow buyers to explore emerging wines and new trends. A never ending job this, including wine competitions, wine tastings, festivals, workshops, where wineries meet buyers, banding actions and conferences that take abroad a better insight of the Chinese market and help wineries from all over the world to sell in Asia. Read more…

Sacred and profane Easter at Fattoria del Colle

Spirituality, nature, guided tours in the winery, tastings of fine wines, brief cookery lessons, and some gluttonous sins for Easter at Fattoria del Colle

Easter-Fattoria del Colle- Agriturismo - Tuscany

Easter-Fattoria del Colle- Agriturismo – Tuscany

Those who like to spend Easter with their family, with friends and with their four legged friends, will find at Fattoria del Colle in the most panoramic and unaltered Tuscany, their perfect location. The right mix of noble traditions and countryside informality, internationally acclaimed fine wines and homemade traditional dishes

In the program one finds also the guided tour with tasting at the Brunello winery Casato Prime Donne and at Fattoria del Colle , where there are also 4 historic halls in the 16th century villa, and stories, very romantic ones, from the history of the estate.

Easter- Vinoterapy

Easter- Vinotherapy-Fattoria del Colle

Two appointments not to be missed are: vertical tasting of 5 Brunello from  1999 to 2013 and a brief cookery lesson to learn how to make “pinci” a homemade pasta and to prepare a Springtime quick and delicious:  ricotta montata.

A special place in the program is held by the lunches and dinners, thse introduce the Tuscan civilization; Baccalà alla fratina from Trequanda for good Friday, then Peposo degli artigiani della terracotta , that legend attributes this invention to Filippo Brunelleschi creator of the dome of  Duomo di Firenze. The prince of the table is the Chianina steak, this white giant breed lives free on the hills around the estate, but has a long history that goes back to Roman times. Read more…

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