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Passito IGT Toscana by Donatella and Carlo

The Passito 2017 from Fattoria del Colle is a rare sweet wine, produced in only 300 375cl bottles. Something that is really exclusive and with an extraordinary personality

 

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Passito is a rare wine, only 300 375Cl bottles. Something exclusive and hand crafted born from Carlo’s (husband to Donatella Cinelli Colombini) passion for sweet wines, and also that of Barbara Magnani, wine maker, who dedicate daily care and attention to this  small sweet masterpiece

 TRAMINER GRAPES FOR THE PASSITO

The grapes are from the vineyard that surrounds the chapel at Fattoria del Colle, planted around 1970 with a variety typical of the North of Italy, that however at 404 meters above sea level, facing east, where it expresses itself very well in Tuscany too. In that area the soil is deep, well drained and of new quaternary origin, characterized by limestone also in conglomerate form

In 2017 the hot summer and a real invasion of wild boar drastically reduced the grapes and the few cluster of Traminer were transformed into Passito

130 litres were produced with manual care in the vineyard ad in the cellar, and thanks to this craftsmanship the wine reaches extraordinary quality levels and a distinctive personality.

PASSITO 2017  IGT TOSCANA

Type: white, sweet, aromatic.

Production area: Tuscany, Fattoria del Colle, Sanchimento vineyard.

Classification: IGT Toscana

Vintage characteristics:  mild winter, very cold spring, summer without rainfall and with very high temperatures even during the night.

Grape variety: Aromatic Traminer

Grape harvest: August 21st with manual harvest and careful choosing of the grapes. The grapes reached the cellar in 5 kg crates.

Drying out of the grapes:  took place in the sun for a whole month.

Vinification: after the de-stemming, the grapes were pressed and transferred to the stainless steel vats, the temperature was maintained at about 18/20°C and selected yeasts were inoculated. During this period some short open air pumping overs took place so as to favour the fermentation processes.

Quantity produced: 300 bottles

Valentine’s Day with romance and wine

At Fattoria del Colle for dinner on February 14th or a whole weekend dedicated to love, Brunello and aphrodisiac aromas

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day dinner – February 14th – candlelit dinner with a menu concentrated on love. The weekend 15-17 February with erotic aromas, Benvenuto Brunello and romantic rites for wine loving couplet. An intense and unrepeatable program to enjoy your passions

 

VALENTINE’S DINNER

Here is the brief proposal for Valentine’s Day. Romantic dinner in the restaurant veranda at  Fattoria del Colle: slow music, candles, menu with typical traditional Tuscan dishes with aphrodisiac ingredients , such as “ ciancifricola” with quail eggs, panpepato, truffles, saffron, cloves, chocolate….(4 courses, wines not included 34 euro) to be matched with fine wines such as Brunello or Brunello Riserva, Cenerentola Doc Orcia …. For those who wish to prepare their skin for a night of romance dinner can be preceded by massages with extra virgin olive oil or vino-therapy treatments for the couple, or, still as a couple, a bath in the panoramic Jacuzzi.

 

VALENTINE’S WEEKEND AND BENVENUTO BRUNELLO

Fattoria del Colle couples massage with extra virgin olive oil

The most romantic weekend this year coincides with Benvenuto Brunello, a preview of the Montalcino wines (tickets to be bough directly from the Consorzio del Brunello website) where the exceptional Brunello Riserva 2013 will be presented. Montalcino is about 35 km from Fattoria del Colle.

DISCOVERING SEDUCTIVE PERFUMES

Our 2019 program for Valentine’s weekend is dedicated to wine, erotic scents and romance. The experience of perfuming your body and the explanations regarding the seductive character of certain essences come from Gloria Del Dottore expert in artistic perfuse. Together with Gloria women in love will take an aromatic journey to understand how to wear the more voluptuous perfumes and when o the other hand to wear fragrances that give energy or that relax.

The rooms and apartments are furnished with antique furniture; they have the intimacy of authentic places and are particularly apt for this type of stay.

Felix before, during and after surgery

Felix the blonde golden retriever, king of Fattoria del Colle, has had surgery for two skin tumours. He is well but we have been worried.

Felix-king-of-Fattoria-del-Colle-straight-after-surgery

Greedy, lazy, a snuggler, a wimp ….Felix welcomes, with a waggly tail all those who arrive at Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda. Everybody loves him.

 

DISCOVERING THE TUMOURS

During the summer we discovered that Felix had a strange bump on his back, and its pathology revealed that is was a skin tumour. This shocked us greatly. When we took him to the vet for surgery, we also discovered a second bump that after the incision resulted in being a second tumour even bigger than the first.

A few hours after surgery, when Felix came home, all his back had been shaved and he had two long scars, but he was walking, and hungry.

The scan and pathology on lymph nodes, liver and pancreas found no metastasis; we are worried, but have avoided chemo. We will keep him under check and if we see any suspect symptoms we will take action, but we did not want him to be unwell because of invasive therapy. This might have been a selfish decision but he is serene and he must live a good life until his health allows him to.

In the meantime he has pulled out 5 stitches rubbing against a hedge. Great amount of worry, and more stitches! For a few days he was “under special surveillance” and he was allowed out only accompanied. For him that was very strange as he lives free to come and go all day long, following Donatella Cinelli Colombini and barking with his big baritone voice when he finds a shut door. He actually hates shut doors!

 

LET ME PRESENT FELIX

Our Golden retriever is enormous he weighs over 50kg, but he acts like a puppy. He is very fearsome, he is scared of thunder and he hides under the desks for protection.

Violante-and-Felix-in-the-vineyard

Rifle shots have the same effect, consequently  when out for a walk he runs home if he hears the hunters. On the other hand is he fascinated by deer, wild boar and porcupines, he doesn’t run after them but he sits aiming at them

and barks while wagging his tail.

Felix is unrepentantly greedy. The vet calls him “pastasciutta”. He is able to finish his dish (one hamburger, half a chicken breast and beef with rice and zucchini, twice a day) in just a few minutes and then he wanders over to the restaurant, sits by the door waiting, as if famished.

Continental, English or Tuscan breakfast?

Breakfast at Fattoria del Colle is an unforgettable experience: ciambellone, tarts, cakes all freshly baked … and then country omelettes and pears and cheese

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Which is the best breakfast?

There are two schools of thought regarding breakfast: there are those who say that a visitor is satisfied only if he finds that to which he is used to, so scrambled eggs and bacon, toast and the all the rest. Then there are those expert in tourism marketing who state the exact opposite, or rather that a tourist is looking for an experience and diversity, so an “international breakfast” in a Tuscan country inn disappoints him.

I’m in agreement with the latter.

However I do feel that in our traditions there can be something for breakfast to satisfy everyone. In fact the old farmers did not have sweet breakfasts but savoury ones and it is from these rich mid morning snacks that we must begin offering <<The Tuscan-international breakfast>> .

So now the farmers omelette, fresh pecorino cheese with pears, pork cold cuts like salame and finocchiata , vegetables with dip of extra virgin olive oil from Fattoria del Colle and other garden produce are an alternative to scrambled egg with bacon. Obviously one must also have on hand yoghurt, fruit juice and cornflakes … and other things that must be bought and that are more or less the same all over the world. But the highlight of our breakfast, that beats all opponents, is Patrizia, the pastry chef in the Osteria di Donatella 

Lighting for summer dinners at Fattoria del Colle

Summer nights in the countryside, lights, glow worms, outdoor meals. New lighting for  summer dinners at the  Fattoria del Colle restaurant

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Lighting-for summer-dinners-Fattoria-del-Colle

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini

For those who come from abroad it is a must: in Italy one must bring light cloche, flip flops and dine under the stars. Millionaires and tourists-on-the-road alike, everyone has the same romantic dream. Obviously their necessities differ: from costly and exclusive events where film producers and starred chefs create unique and private experiences…to glamour events where lights and music create the right atmosphere for famous and less famous people, but everyone is anxious to be seen and photographed by some gossip magazine.

Lighting-for-summer-dinners-Fattoria-del-Colle-before-dinner

Lighting-for-summer-dinners-Fattoria-del-Colle-before-dinner

And so on until we get to the locations apt for a vaster public: the Sicilian ”baglio”, the “masseria” in Puglia, the medieval hamlet in Tuscany … and not to mention the classical terraces overlooking the sea and the tables in the squares of the historical towns and villages with views of artistic monuments .

The open air dinner is part of a trip to Italy just like a visit to the Coliseum or like a true pizza. It is up to us to transform them into magical moments and the lighting has a very important role

FATTORIA DEL COLLE BY NIGHT

At Fattoria del Colle we have tried to put a little originality to our nights and we hope to offer special experiences for outdoor dinners.

Archi, a villa for parties

Magnificent panorama, swimming pool and private parks, dining room with monumental fireplace, 5 bathrooms and 7 bedrooms with air conditioning. Villa Archi is a perfect Tuscan villa for parties 

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Villa-for-parties-Toscana-Archi-Fattoria-del-Colle-agriturismo

The luxury of a 2000 sq m villa and a garden that extends over one hectare and that reached the olive groves and the surrounding vineyards. The unique experience of living in a building three hundred years old that still has its porch with its outdoor oven and threes is a fireplace so large you can sit in it. A villa in exclusive use, with nobody else around, in the silence of the countryside.

A truly authentic Tuscan retreat but also modernly equipped: the 7 bedrooms have air conditioning (5 bathrooms), Wi-Fi, TV, a fitted kitchen … In other words there is the intimacy imparted by the antique furnishings, the freedom of wide open spaces and some of the most beautiful panoramas in Tuscany, together with the luxury of a private swimming pool for your sole use right in front of the villa.

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Villa-for-parties-Toscana-Archi-swimming-pool-Fattoria-del-Colle-agriturismo

This is an ideal place to organize a holiday with friends, to sun bathe, to have dinner all together at the same table under the gazebo, or in the dining room in the villa. And for those who love enriching holidays it is possible to take part in cookery lessons, wine tastings,

tours … organized every day at

Fattoria del Colle.

Villa Archi is also apt for organizing a birthday or degree celebration. Fattoria del Colle with its small hamlet and restaurant is only about 200 m away hidden by an olive grove. It can supply traditional food, excellent wines, water and all that is necessary to organize a stylish party.

The life of a wine producer: Donatella and her time

Donatella’s race with time, wine producer, wine blogger, president of various associations with an ambition to enjoy the wonderful territory where she lives

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Donatella- University- of Pisa-teaching -wine-tourism

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Fattoria del Colle – Trequanda, Casato Prime Donne, Montalcino

The worst day is Monday, and the most frenetic periods are those before and after trips abroad. Very long days with one interruption after another.

The arrival of internet has worsened the situation multiplying contacts and making holidays practically eclipse. I receive around 80 emails a day and I send off about 30. I have a very small portable computer that goes everywhere with me a, so I reply to the post even when I am away and have one wine tasting after the other and one appointment after the other. In fact when I am on the other side of the world some people seek my attention like a child pining for its mother and they write to me constantly, and in the end I reply quite curtly. After I am sorry and it takes me days to get the rapport back to normal, but I hate it when people deprive me of time when I want to think , sleep, and do things….. making me feel trapped.

Donatella-Cinelli-Colombini-Malta

Donatella-Cinelli-Colombini-Malta

This is how my holidays on my beloved isle of Gozo get reduced to three hours a day, because there is a problem, that to be solved from there takes lots of time. It is practically impossible because in the countryside there is no tradition in making appointments. Cellar staff, grape pickers, sales and tourism staff all come into my office and demand immediate attention, especially my lovely husband and volcanic daughter Violante.

Toscana Lovers has opened in Cortona, Vi aspettiamo!

The third Toscana Lovers store opens in the most American of the small Tuscan cities of art: Cortona. Here we propose exclusive and refined handicraft

Toscana Lovers Cortona

Toscana Lovers Cortona

Cortona is the town in Under the Tuscan Sun written by Frances Mayes.  Cortona is of Etruscan and Renaissance origin, a city full of elegant shops and with a surrounding countryside full of villas and farm transformed into luxury homes for rich US millionaires.

Toscana Lovers Cortona is in front of the steps of the Palazzo Comunale and proposes the best Tuscan handicraft just like the two previous shops: one in Piazza Indipendenza in Siena, round the corner form the square where the Palio race is held and another in Bagno Vignoni only existent medieval spa. In Cortona too the products on sale come from the workshops of laboratories of real artists where modern creativity blends with traditional manual labour. An assortment created by Carlo Gardini

Toscana Lovers Cortona

Toscana Lovers Cortona

and his wife Donatella Cinelli Colombini through the years, visiting artisans who can interprets the modern trends. No souvenirs no old style objects, only fragments of the real Tuscany, exclusive objects, sometimes unique, to be used, to ware, or to be gifted.

For example the knives sold in Toscana Lovers Cortona are from Scarperia. Scarperia is one of the places with the oldest and most prestigious production of “cutting blades”; table knives with horn handles, but also knives for collectors that last for centuries, and like jewels, get passed from generation to generation, becoming always more valuable just like small masterpieces destined for the antique market.

Get married at Fattoria del Colle

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wedding at fattoria del Colle Tuscany Agriturismo

To get married in the romantic park, in front of a vineyard, in front of a panorama that seems to come out from a medieval painting; at Fattoria del Colle this is all possible. The Trequanda municipality has in fact authorized us to celebrate civil weddings in 4 special locations, and Donatella Cinelli Colombini is ready to perform thanks to the mandate she has received so that she can sign the wedding act in an official manner.

The ceremony is the most important moment and new fittings have been created to make it more intimate and more spectacular. The couples who wish a Tuscan style wedding will find in Fattoria del Colle a traditional and authentic location that will create emotions for both the wedding couple and their guests; a story about noble families and farmers, an informal style mixed with luxury and simplicity, while all around is the countryside from where the great red wines are made and farming landscapes among the most beautiful in the world.

During the past few months gardeners have worked hard in the parks and gardens, while upholsterers and renovators took care of things indoors. All so as to transform the wedding couple’s dream into reality for the best day of their lives.

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The Grand Duke’s bedroom, where the wedding couple can spend their honeymoon now has a canopy bed, a 17th century chest, and air conditioning. At the end of the 18th century this was a refuge for Pietro Leopoldo Grand Duke of Tuscany, together with Isabella, his lover. This room, still today, maintains a romantic and aristocratic character because of its entirely antique furnishings and the ceiling with frescoes regarding all the breeds of Tuscan birds.

In the billiard room right next door, the room has been enriched with book shelves and new upholsteries. There is now an elegant corner where the wedding couple and their guests can meet, in case or rain. Whereas if the weather is good at Fattoria del Colle there are 4 parks and three swimming pools where you can relax in the midst of nature.

Magic at Fattoria del Colle

When my father gave me la Fattoria del Colle and I went there to live there were some welcome signs that were practically magic, as if I had been expected

by Donatella Cinelli Colombini

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Magic-at-Fattoria-del-Colle-past

Like everywhere else this place has a long story behind it, Fattoria del Colle is full of magic and secrets.  I am still discovering them now, twenty years after my father Fausto Cinelli gave me this estate and asked me to make it flourish again.

When I arrived at Fattoria del Colle I was worried, there was a difficult financial situation and an enormous amount of investment to be done, there were no strong points upon which to lean so as to create a project with some possibility of success. Plus I was alone, my husband and daughter lived in Florence then, and the estate seemed to me to be distant from everything, cold with wild boars practically at the front door at night… basically not only was the situation worrying but I really was not pleased to live there.

Magic-at-Fattoria-del-colle-villa-today

Magic-at-Fattoria-del-colle-villa-today

But right from the beginning strange things began happening, practically saying<<welcome, we have been waiting for you for a long time>>. During the first winter, which was the most difficult one under a psychological point of view, there were so many signs, which really seemed to me to be an encouragement.   I was going to Trequanda for the presentation by Roberto Barzanti of the guide to the village by Elio Torriti and I discovered that Fattoria del Colle was where Sant’Egidio from Querciola made his hermitage. He was a saint from the XII century that I had never heard of and of whom it had seemed there were no longer any traces but…

White truffle and Tuscan wines for kings

Autumn weekend with the Crete Senesi white truffle, Brunello, Chianti Superiore and Orcia in a 16th century Tuscan farm with vinotherapy

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini

White-truffle-hunter-with-his-dog

White-truffle-hunter-with-his-dogs

Fattoria del Colle organizes three weekends in November 3-5 / 10-12 / 17-19 for those who love white truffles, that this year are particularly rare and expensive.

The estate has 5 truffle preserves where the white truffle of the Crete Senesi is found, a very refined variety because of its intense aroma and very harmonious taste. These weekend dedicated to this precious product are full of fun experiences that enrich your knowledge: truffle hunting in the woods with a truffle hunter and his dog, a cookery lesson on truffles, guided tours of the Brunello winery (Casato Prime Donne) and  Orcia-Chianti winery (Fattoria del Colle) with wine  tastings, dinners ……………

Two interesting novelties to enrich the already rich weekends: at Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino, next to the winery, Alessia Bernardeschi has created a piece of contemporary art called “Donna che guarda”,

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Fattoria-del-Colle-Country-inn-apartment

(the woman. This is a frame within which you can take a great selfie with the Brunello vines behind you. It was launched on September 17th and you will be among the first to use it for your beautiful photos, please do send them to us!

At the end everyone will take home a personalized bottle of Brunello. Not a regular bottle of Brunello di Montalcino but, your Brunello , with a packaging different to all others.

During the weekends 11-12 and18-19 November, at 15 km from Fattoria del Colle, in the San Giovanni d’Asso castle (Montalcino municipality) there is a Crete Senesi truffle workshop, where it is possible to buy truffles, there are many food stalls and local handicraft. 

In the life of a wine producer: in Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s handbag

Let’s take a peek in Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s handbag to discover her personality; she is eccentric but also a lover of all things beautiful and exclusive

In Donatella Cinelli Colombini's handbag

In Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s handbag

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini

My friend Luca Bianchini, writer and radio presenter and successful journalist, told me he had been given an assignment, from a well known magazine, to write a series of articles describing the contents of Italian and foreign celebrities . What surprised him most was the fragility of some of these famous women, literally distressed in front of the possibility of revealing something that they felt so intimate. Bags are often places where we hide small secrets or quirks. It seems in fact that the most glamorous of characters, starlets, singers, TV personalities- those that the illustrated magazine follow step by step, are in fact most reserved about their intimate things.

In Donatella Cinelli Colombini's

In Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s handbag

We from the world of wine are tougher than singers. Maybe because, in our job, substance must always prevail over appearance. When the opposite happens the invariably the winery gets sold.

For this reason telling you what is in my bag does not embarrass me in any way but in fact amuses me and it is useful to reveal that mixture of exclusivity and simplicity that characterize all my life.

First of all the bag: handmade, leather chosen for me by an artisan that accepts my requests and changes his models. He is called Pianigiani he is from Buonconvento and he has cured me from by dependence from Céline. I was buying handbags of this brand for decades with absolute faithfulness until I discovered that the calfskin that gets scratched is of poor quality: the Céline bags are always marked, those by Pianigiani no, because he chooses the skins one by one, and sometimes especially for me.

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