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Valerio is the new arrival at Fattoria del Colle

A new friend at Fattoria del Colle. Please help us to give him a name

At Fattoria del Colle a new friend arrived. He is a Golden Retriver, and he is just two months and a half [caption id="attachment_408" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Valerio is the new arrival at Fattoria del Colle"][/caption] old. The breeders called him Valerio. The Rough Collie dog that has been the mascot of Fattoria del Colle was named Baloo, like the sleepy brown bear from Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book”. Donatella would like to call him “Fram”, that means “forward” in Novergian. This was also the name of the ship used from Amunsen for the Antarctic expedition. From 1935, the ship is exposed at the Fram Museum of Oslo, as an example of bravery and spirit of adventure. If you want to give us suggestions about the name of our new friend, please write at:  ...

No more barriques, Brunello goes back into barrels

“Sangiovese’s specificity to be exalted and a return to the use of barrels”, these are the indications given by the French wine maker Valérie Lavigne for the perfect harmony of the greatest Brunello. This type of affirmation is one that gets people talking, mostly because it comes from a French person and the barriques which have populated Italian wineries for the past ten years are French too. It is Valérie Lavigne speaking, the new extraordinary wine maker in Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s Tuscan wineries. She teaches winemaking in the most famous wine making university in the world, Bordeaux, she is consultant together with Denis Dubordieu and Christophe Olivier, in some of the most important wineries in the world such as the Châteaux d’Yquem, Margaux and Cheval Blanc. "The more a wine is concentrated and rich in phenolic components the better its resistance in small wooden casks....

Tinaia del Vento al Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino

Tinaia del Vento and biodiversity, where nature merges with technology

[caption id="attachment_352" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Tinaia del Vento al Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino. Un progetto realizzato da Donatella Cinelli COlombini e Oliver Ogar."][/caption] The “Tinaia del Vento” is immersed among the vineyards at Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino and brings together nature and technology. The area is open on four sides to let the must oxygenate naturally during vinification, just as it once occurred in the old wineries where high ceilings and large doors allowed for a complete change of air. The new modern stainless steel vats are equipped with heating and cooling systems, they are open-topped, with a truncated-cone shape. On the ceiling above there will be a rail along which a mechanical arm  runs and  pushes the grape-skins down, this permits the vinification to take place  without the use of pumps. The yeasts used will also be reminders of olden...

Donatella Cinelli Colombini - Foglia Tonda

Foglia Tonda: tracing wine history in Tuscany

PRACTICAL/TECHNICAL INFORMATION: [caption id="attachment_343" align="alignleft" width="195" caption="Donatella Cinelli Colombini - Foglia Tonda"][/caption] The Foglia Tonda variety has a very ancient origin. One can find traces of it in the treatises of the mid 19th century. It originated in Tuscany, particularly in the South of the Siena area, precisely where we are now. Its cultivation was abandoned owing to the type of pruning with a renewable vine-shoot (guyot or upside down), which produced quantities of grapes resulting in lower quality wine. . It was salvaged by our estate in an effort to appreciate the grapes of our territory, by changing the type of pruning: we now have spurred cordons on the vine. In summer at the time of the veraison (that is when the bunches of grapes change from green to red) the bunches that are not good either because they are too compact or too...

Wine log. In Brunello land's, waiting for the 5 stars

Once again Montalcino proves itself to be a wine producing region of excellence. The favourable climate, the hilly land full of stones,the choice of producing fewer grapes, but most of all the presence of top rate technicians and grape pickers makes Montalcino a territory able to bring grapes to perfect ripening before the arrival of the autumn rainfalls. This year the thinning out of grapes just before their changing of colour helped the vines bring to ripening the clusters left on the plants. This operation together with the diminishing of the leafage, which uncovered the grapes, accelerated the last part of the vegetative cycle. At the end of September all our best vineyards were ready, at the same time. We were expecting this acceleration and so we increased the amount of pickers. Even the administration staff gave a helping hand, standing at the...

                                               

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