Casato Prime Donne

Visit the Brunello Winery

Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino is a Brunello winery. The property is of 40 hectares of which 16 hectares are taken up by Sangiovese vineyards and the winery for the production and ageing of the Rosso and Brunello di Montalcino wines.

The vintners are all women, as is the winemaker, a unique situation in Italy, a flagship for women in the wine business.

In the barrel ageing area there are no barriques: the Brunello ages at least two years in 5 and 7 hectolitre French oak casks worked by artisans, after which it is decanted into 15-40 hectolitre barrels and finally undergoing a further ageing period in bottles which is essential for the aromatic fullness of the wine. The distinctive element of the wine is its elegance: red harmonies able to last in time.

Another detail, that makes a visit to the Casato Prime Donne a unique experience, are the frescoes of the history of Montalcino, that alternate with the Brunello barrels. The guide tells the tourists the secrets of Donatella Cinelli Colombini's Brunello together with the fascinating legends such as the miracle that saved Montalcino during the 16th century assaults and the birth of Brunello in the 19th century. In the vineyards surrounding the winery there is a trekking itinerary enriched by contemporary works of art and sentences dictated by the winners of the Casato Prime Donne Prize.

Tinaia del Vento

The Tinaia del Vento for the production of Brunello with autochthonous yeasts was built in 2009, outside the former winemaking area next to the Sangiovese vineyards. It was planned in this position so that the must in the eight conical open stainless steel vats could be naturally oxygenated and it is equipped with a heating and cooling system. A mechanical plunger enables the fermentation to take place without the use of pumps thus using modern technology to enhance the old traditional practices.