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Where does Donatella and Violante's dove fly?

A new video for the  Cinelli Colombini winery but no change in the protagonist, Violante Gardini, together with a dove that flies through the Brunello and Orcia vines

 

This year too our estate video is out of the ordinary! Two and a half minutes to talk about the  all female staffed estates  belonging to Donatella, Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino and Fattoria del Colle in southern  Chianti, a quick rhythm of images of the vines, the barrels, the vats, the grapes and bottles….with a lively rhythmical music , like a music box. The novelty, for the very traditional Italian world of is the presence of a cartoon dove that comes out of the Brunello “IOsonoDONATELLA” label and accompanies us in the discovery of the first wineries in Italy to be staffed by only women.

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The- dove-s at-Casato-Prime-Donne

It flies along the vines with curiosity during the harvest, it goes into the fermentation hall where the bare concrete truncated cone shake vats are decorated with images, real, and painted, of Montalcino, it peeps in at the wine tasting organized for the  Brunello Prime Donne with the Master of Wine Rosemary George, the sommelier Daniela Scrobogna and the wine shop owner Astrid Schwarz who blind taste while the wine maker Valerie Lavigne  and the cellar master Barbara Magnani try to combine the wine from different barrels looking for the perfect balance.

Collana sarda in argento

Food bloggers in Italy: is it a hobby or a job?

In Italy there are 280 food bloggers: is this an activity you can live off or is it only a cost for those who do it without compromise? Let’s find out together

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Montalcino, Casato Prime Donne

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Italian-Food-blogger-Sonia-Peronaci

The case with  Giallo Zafferano is emblematic. Born in 2006 thanks to Sonia Peronacci and her partner, both accountants who in their free time wrote and photographed recipes to then divulge online. This has become a venture that employs 30 people and has 2 million contacts per day, important investors…. But in the end  Sonia ended up not recognizing herself in this project, and has sold her shares and got out. Now she is concentrating on <<video recipes in English too (there is practically an online encyclopedia and I wish to open it up abroad”), and a wider view regarding the cuisine. “Something a little more modern in its contents with respect to GialloZafferano” for example intolerances>> she said in an interview for  Gamberorosso.

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Italian -food-blogger- Ada-Parisi-siciliani-creativi-in-cucina

Another high end food blogger who has a similar passion but is oriented towards haute cuisine and refuses any publicity,: Ada Parisi from “Siciliani creativi in cucina”. When she came to prepare the “polpettine di tonno” and the “caponata” (a dream that you would just not believe) for the Casato Prime Donne award, I asked her <<but being a food blogger has a costs you?>> she touched her glasses and closed her mouth tight <<I am a journalist for a large agency, I try the recipes and I publish them as I like to cook them and share, if I must prepare them with ingredients I do not like, then I don’t do it! >>. “Siciliani creativi in cucina” grows in followers month after month, and maybe it is its rigor that is the key to success .

Rosso di Montalcino 2015: will it be a repetition of the 2010 vintage?

[caption id="attachment_11720" align="alignleft" width="300"] Rosso di Montalcino 2015[/caption]Well deserved 5 stars for this 2015 harvest. The Rosso di Montalcino from Casato Prime Donne fills us with enthusiasm.Everybody is asking if the 2015 vintage will be a repetition of the 2010. You will be the first to give your opinion to this Rosso di Montalcino, while waiting for the Brunello that is still resting in the barrels.In 2015 the ripening of the Sangiovese grapes was slow and perfect thanks to the position of the vineyards being on the cooler side of the Montalcino hill. The clusters reached the day of picking sound with a great balance inn  acidity, alcohol and polyphenolic ripening. Fantastic!The 2015 harvest was a musical one: splendid grapes, sunny weather and in the fields 18 pickers among which many young adults with earphones as if they were joggers....

Barolo's Vietti winery sold: the importance of wine myths

The sale of the Vietti winery has surprised experts and wine lovers all over the world. What would happen if en even more famous winery changed owner?

Barolo-Giacomo-Conterno

Barolo-Giacomo-Conterno

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Brunello, Casato Prime Donne

Everything began in March 2015 when the winery Gigi Rosso sold a 9 hectare property with woodland for truffles and 5 hectares of Vineyard among which the Airone Vineyard one of the most beautiful in Serralunga d’Alba. The declared amount of 7 million Euros seems sufficient to put off every neighbour; instead one comes forward and buys. It is Roberto Conterno owner of the cantina Giacomo Conterno.

This price makes the cost of vineyards all over the Langhe increase and it seems to block the market because those selling ask for astronomical amounts. A worrying subject that often I have been asked about during meetings with Piedmont producers <<these prices are absurd, much superior to the revenue of the vineyards, how can we grow in this situation? >>

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Vietti- sold- new-and-old-owners

in July 2016 the Poderi Luigi Einaudi, estate founded in 1897 in Dogliani announces the acquisition of 9 hectares of vineyards among which 4 of Barolo. The amount has not been divulged but rumours say around 6 million Euro.

Practically at the same time another bomb, that shakes wine lovers and experts all over the world and increases again quotations: the Vietti winery for 60 or maybe 70 million Euro.

2015, for the Leone rosso wine, is a roaring year

Leone Rosso: 5 star harvest that many consider identical to 2010 because of the exceptional quality of the grapes and because of the similarity in the climate.

 

Leone Rosso 2015 veraison-August 4th

Leone Rosso 2015 veraison-August 4th

In both years the rainy winter was followed by a very hot July and a warm August. The only big difference between these two great vintages is in the quantity of the grapes picked: in 2010 because of the spring showers that disturbed the flowering.

The cool September with cold nights and sunny days brought to a well balanced ripening of the grapes so that the concentration of the sugars and acids proceeded at the same pace with the noble substances – polyphenols – as in the skins.

The DOC Orcia denomination to which the Leone Rosso wine belongs was born on

Leone Rosso 2015 Fattoria del Colle

Leone Rosso 2015 Fattoria del Colle

February 14th 2000 and is produced in 13 municipalities between the areas producing Brunello di Montalcino  and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

Leon Rosso is born at Fattoria del Colle an estate that covers 335 hectares at 404 m above sea level on the crest of hills that face the Crete Senesi. The soil is made up prevalently of sands and sea clays. The vineyards are cultivated according to the organic regime, mainly by hand and with great care.

The name of the wine comes from the Socini blazon, these were ancestors of the present owner, Donatella Cinelli Colombini, and built the estate in 1592.This was them confiscated shortly after because they were members of the protestant reform- Fattoria del Colle was bought back for the family in by Donatella’s great grandfather in 1919, and shehas been running it since 1998..

Subzones in wine: yes or no?

A few days ago the Rioja wine region has decided to divide the territory in subzones. So here is my reflection on the utility and problematic regarding subzones

Zoning-Barolo-Cannubi

Zoning-Barolo-Cannubi

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Advantages and problems in dividing a wine region into small portions with similar characteristics: the subzones. Journalists talk about this, the more traditional wine lovers ask for these as an instrument to preserve the “purity” of their favourite wines, but in truth there are some international wines such as  Grange, the Australian “first growth” for which, each year, grapes from different vineyards and different zones. It is legitimate to ask then if the subzones offer real advantages then, or if they complicate the work for the Italian producers already bound by a long list of rules and a lot of bureaucracy. In Montalcino, for example, many wineries use grapes coming from different zones of Montalcino and it is exactly because of these blends of slightly different characters that a particular style comes out that distinguished this brand. In 2012 Kerin O’Keefe editor and taster for Wine Enthusiast

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Rioja-zoning-subzones

launched the proposal to divide the Brunello territories into 6 zones, and initiated a great debate.

In Montalcino e cultivate 2.100 hectares of Vineyard used for the production of 9 million bottles of Brunello. The territory seems to be a small one; especially too small to be broken up, however there are those who are adamant that the subzone method is to be followed. Barolo has a surface of 1900 hectares of vineyards, for a production of about 13 million bottles per year. In this territory the division has been found in the definition of historical districts (for example Cannubi) and the analysis of the vocation of the territory that began at the end of the Nineteenth century and continued with the coordination of the Regione Piemonte, so as to form boundaries that are administrative, agronomical and agreements, in respect of previous situations, that set off ferocious conflicts.

Dom Pérignon

Is it right for a wine to have a different testimonial than the producer or wine maker?  Christoph Waltz the actor binds his name to Dom Pérignon P2By Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Fattoria del Colle, Orcia DOC, Cenerentola[caption id="attachment_11682" align="alignleft" width="300"] Champagne Dom Pèrignon[/caption]Generally wine producers associate their face to the wine, in other words they become the first testimonials of the wines they produce.In some cases the symbiosis man-wine is so perfect such as for the Baroness Philippine de Rothschild with her extraordinary charm like a theatre actress and because she is the descendant of one of the richest and most powerful families in the world. She was the reflection of Château Mouton and of it wines with auteur labels. I might mention other perfect connections: Angelo Gaja and his Barbaresco both express the same enthusiastic and innovative energy, Franco Biondi...

New Year's Eve in a country inn with a Brunello experience

Wine experiences, especially with Brunello, that are fun and enrich your knowledge, these together with the traditional food make a holiday memorable

New Year's Eve dinner at Fattoria del Colle

New Year’s Eve dinner at Fattoria del Colle

At Fattoria del Colle stays over the New Year period are dedicated to couples, groups of friends and families, even the extended ones with cats and dogs. Every day there are at least two activities to enter into the fascinating world of great wines and Tuscan in harmony with the countryside and the estate, going back in time.

Three day stays (two nights) where great wines will be protagonists of the wine lover’s experiences: itinerant tastings with music and history, Brunello vertical tastings, winery tours, tasting dinners and even the possibility of making your own Supertuscan wine. The kids can play panforte and also learn how to make it. Those who adore wellness can discover the pleasure of drinking a glass of wine whilst soaking in the Jacuzzi or in the juniper tub while enjoying vinotherapy, wine can reach your skin even through massages.

Agriturismo Villa Archi New Year's Eve

Agriturismo Villa Archi New Year’s Eve

The country inn stay is full of extraordinary experiences that are also fun, with a rich program of events particularly enjoyable for “Brunello lovers”, those who admire this great wine from Montalcino, or who hope to become estimators. For these guests we have three real treats and a particular surprise.

Benvenuto Brunello 2013 pranzo nel Palazzo Vescovile

Toscana Lovers the boutiques for artistic handicraft

From “Toscana lovers” in Siena and in Bagno Vignoni your shopping becomes a treasure hunt rich in traditional and artistically handmade surprises[caption id="attachment_11667" align="alignleft" width="203"] toscana-lovers-tuscan-handcrafts-boutique[/caption]These typical local objects of Tuscan handicraft and life style are created with a certain dexterity that renews tradition. With our usual courtesy and competence we will help you discover the typical character and the history of Tuscan and Italian handicraft. An old story, refined and full of creative characters.If you want to take home some of Tuscany take it from the hand of our artisans and look for something exclusive that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.“Toscana lovers” is an obligatory stop for refined tourists. Each season new handmade objects arrive; they are skillfully made according to tradition by small Tuscan workshops. These are exclusive objects, often one different to the other...

Ricetta dei corolli tipica di Montalcino

Don't miss Wine2wine, December 6th and 7th in Verona!

Once again the Italian women in wine -Le Donne del Vino- are protagonists at Wine2wine the most important Italian wine forum dedicated to wine business

Schermata-2015-08-26-a-09.59.02-300x147By Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Montalcino, Casato Prime Donne

Two days dedicated to communicating and marketing wine, dozens of mini-conventions where the speakers must summarize their information into a few minutes. This Wine2wine, a forum where it is possible to buy the instruments to make ones enterprise more competitive in an era when the places where wines are consumed are further and further away from where they are produced and in the last 20 years internation exchanges have doubled.

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Wine2wine-Ian-DAgata-

Which are the new trends and which foreign markets are growing? How should wineries set up their web marketing strategy and advertising while the decision of which wines to buy depends more and more on the social media?

These are the two fundamental questions to which  Wine2wine 2016 will reply by examining in depth dedicated to digital communication, to Germany and Sweden. The German Giant is the second importer of Italian wines and will be illustrated by Hermann Pilz editor of Weinwirtschaft one of the major specialized magazines.

benvenuto Brunello 2013 location per la cena di gala

Extra virgin olive oil, too many frauds and not enough : buy it in the countryside

3 restaurants out of 4 do not respect the rule of using closures against top ups, there is a 278% increase in products confiscated because adulterated, or false oils

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By Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Information regarding frauds and advice for those who want at home an extra virgin olive oil to exalt the taste of food and is good for your health.

Frauds are destroying the wonderful reputation Italian extra virgin olive oil had. Prestige that had taken years and years of work and investments to get qualified olive groves, olive mills and employees. A million hectares of olive grove, the most olive oils with an appellation (44) in Europe, and the largest number of olive varieties in the world with  395 cultivar (see Cronache di Gusto).

On September 28th, the day dedicated to olive oil, that took place in Florence, became a court case, with Coldiretti on the defensive and 10,000 angry farmers who arrived in the city on their tractors.

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Frauds have quadrupled; with in prime position the sale of foreign oils as if it were made in Italy and even sunflower seed oil labelled as extra virgin olive oil. So Roberto Moncalvo President of the Coldiretti asks for names <<of the companies where the oil from abroad is destined>>. This is in fact what is most scary for those who bring in tankers full of oil of dubious provenance and quality; Let us know their names.  29,5 million euro of sequestered goods,  58 people reported to the authorities have not in fact been sufficient to stop this ever growing scam: I buy oil abroad, I bottle it in Italy, and I sell it as if it came from our olive groves.

Rare wine auction by the Donne del Vino-Italian Women in Wine

Excellent wines at an auction to help Vincenzo Rapisarda “the angel” in his humanitarian action for people with burn injuries plus he is personality of the year 2016 according to the  Donne del Vino

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<<We will be expecting you on Saturday November 12th from 3 to 6 pm in the Cantine Fratelli Berlucchi in Borgonato di Cortefranca (Brescia). 30 lots will be auctioned where 72 rare and high quality bottles have been grouped together , donated by the   Donne del Vino from all over Italy>> this is the invitation formulated by Donatella Cinelli Colombini National President of the association<< the sum will be used to finance the actions of Prof. Rapisarda in favour of the patients with burn injuries in the poorest regions around the world through the Onlus ALMaUST (Associazione Lombarda per la Malattia da Ustione) which he founded>>.

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Vincenzo-Rapisarda-Personality-2016-Donne-del-Vino-ALMaUST-248×3001-248×300 (1)

”Donne, Vino e Bellezza”, “Women, Wine and beauty” is the  2016 theme for the Donne del Vino, and it becomes solidarity with a charity action in favour of those who work hard to lessen the terrible damages caused by burns. A scientific and humanitarian job carried out by  Prof. Vincenzo Rapisarda, Director of the  Struttura Complessa di Chirurgia Plastica e Centro per Grandi Ustionati of the Ospedale Niguarda in Milan, through  ALMaUST, an Italian non-profit organization working i Italy and in the poorest regions around the world. The cures regard those physical damages caused by acids or has but also psychological damage caused by the changes in one’s original aspect. This help is for those who cannot afford this type of therapy or those who live in nations where there are no specialized structures.

November 4-8, Merano Wein Festival

In the most exclusive wine tasting in Italy we too will be present with 5 awarded wines among which the two Brunello 2012 previews, each with a gold medal

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini 

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Merano_Wein_Festival

Merano Wine Festival for the last 25 years has been the appointment not to be missed for those who work with or love high quality wines, because those invited to participate are only the best wineries and the best wines. The organizer Helmuth Köcher was born in Merano, he has a degree in Political Sciences taken in  Innsbruck, he often wears black and has a strong personality; he is practically a myth for his unlimited competence regarding wine and food excellencies from all over the world.IT is he together with two friends who have created in 1992 the GourmetClub Alto Adige and the

Brunello di Montalcino 2012 DonatellaCinelliColombini

Brunello di Montalcino 2012 DonatellaCinelliColombini

Merano WineFestival, first Italian event to accept only producers of high quality wines. Today next to the wines are served also oil, grappa and other foods, also from abroad and from 100 Italian high end gastronomy.

In Casato Prime Donne winery Turchi's dove flies

In the new vats room of Casato Prime Donne flies the dove by the painter Roberto Turchi, wine expert, innkeeper, interior designer and 100% “montalcinese

Roberto Turchi "The Dove's Flight"

Roberto Turchi “The Dove’s Flight”

Every year the fist Italian winery with an all female staff celebrates the winner of the Casato Prime Donne Award with an art piece. Sculptures, photographs, and also intangible artistic installations come to life in the winery and among Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s vineyards, who since this year is also the president of the Award and of Donne del Vino association.
Roberto Turchi work of art “The Dove’s Flight” is a performance of digital images that transforms the new vats room in an art space (with the collaboration of Giuseppe Sanfilippo, Tommaso di Ronato, MCM Service)
The 2016 winner
Chaimaa Fatihi, peace activist, has written a dedication that has been placed at the entrance of the vat room <<To all the women in the world, who know how to be strong and never give up in the face of fears, prejudices, hatred and violence>>. Inside, among the new bare concrete vats, just arrived from France, flies Roberto Turchi’s dove, a symbol of peace but also of the Award and of the cellar that finances it. “The Dove’s Flight” the flight of the dove that is the protagonist of the painted history that a sophisticated technological system projects on the conical vats,

New vats room in Casato Prime Donne winery

New vats room in Casato Prime Donne winery

wine-making gems surmounted by steel fullers.
Roberto Turchi painter, wine expert, innkeeper, interior designer of an absolute and visceral identity of Montalcino territory created something dynamic and engaging that, for 3 minutes, takes visitors into the world where painted and real images, colors and sounds, emotions, and lightness mix together. An experience of Montalcino that no one had ever done before. Extremely intense colours juxtaposed, Turchi’s distinctive strokes of a very personal and contemporary poetic which nevertheless sink its roots in Sassetta and Sano di Pietro Sienese XIV century.
The Montalcino images break down into a cubist and at times metaphysical game and later becoming a tale with a remarkable evocative strength.

Urban Trekking for All Saints’ weekend, do it in Tuscany

Step after step discover the beauty in and around you: urban trekking in Siena and Asciano, sleeping at Fattoria del Colle October 28th to November 1st

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Raffaello?-Asciano-Sant’Ippolito-Urban -Trekking–2016-

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini

We will be waiting for you in the most beautiful countryside in Tuscany for this long bank holiday weekend. Urban trekking in Siena and Asciano  is an experience that you will adore: there are so many incredible surprises for you, such as the first work by Raffaello. At Fattoria del Colle there is a program (on our web site with prices) including tastings, visit, brief cookery lessons, and dinners that you will not find anywhere else

URBAN TREKKING

I created urban trekking in 2002 when I was tourist advisor for Siena and now there are walking trails in every city of art and even urban trekking shoes-

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Brunello_fermentation-room-Casato -Prime Donne-All-Saint’s- weekend

This is a success because it coincides with thy ways people prefer travelling now: no longer in the great masses and those roads where there are only stores for tourists, they prefer to be in contact with those who live in an area. It is the same trend as choosing to sleep I private homes rather than hotels. In other words I anticipated times!

The National urban trekking day 2016 is October 31st, the eve before all saints day. Among the 51 participating cities I have chosen the two closest (Asciano e Siena) to Fattoria del Colle to invite you to come for a walk with me, maybe using my country inn as a base.

Urban trekking is a healthy type of tourism because it tones the muscles and regenerates the mind by letting you discover places and stories that otherwise would remain hidden; our cities are real open air museums and the urban trekking reveals the art work like in a treasure hunt. Everybody can participate, of any age, becoming explorers, and this time there are really many discoveries.

                                               

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