Wine tours: ours beat the rest
Casato Prime Donne and Fattoria del Colle in Tuscany: here are the most captivating wine tours. Last novelty the bottle that every tourist can personalize
Great wines, unique and historical locations, multilingual and enchanting staff …. will be enriched with a small but delightful opportunity: visitors will be able to personalize bottles with a name and image of their own choice. An extraordinary opportunity, something that no other winery offers: visitors will be able to personalize bottles with their names and images however they like. A unique opportunity that allows wine lovers to create their own Brunello di Montalcino or their own Chianti Superiore DOCG to use during an important lunch or as an exclusive gift. After having stuck on the new label the staff will ensure that the bottles can travel by inserting them in special wine skins (to put in your luggage) or shipping them to your home through a courier.
Donatella Cinelli Colombini has two wineries – Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino and Fattoria del Colle in southern Chianti that produce small series of Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino Chianti Superiore and Doc Orcia. The entire range is on sale in both wineries. The ratings by the most important specialized press are excellent and go between 88 and 97 out of one hundred. So these are boutique wineries, of small dimension but of international fame. To visit them is editing, and increases your knowledge but is also great fun.
At Fattoria del Colle there are three wine tours
30 minutes GUIDED TOUR AND BRIEF TASTING € 6 per person
For Fattoria del Colle the itinerary regards the belvedere parka round the swimming pools, the San Clemente chapel, the historic halls of the 16th century villa, the winery with its barrel ageing area, the Vinsanto loft and the Brunello infernotto. At the end an informal tasting of Chianti Superiore DOCG.
50 minutes ITINERANT TASTINGS 18 per person
4 tastings: IGT Toscana Bianco Sanchimento, Orcia Doc “Leone Rosso”, Orcia Doc “Cenerentola” and Brunello di Montalcino DOCG all produced in Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s wineries.
The tastings take place along an itinerary next to the Chianti and Orcia vineyards to return to the 16th century San Clemente chapel and then proceeds inside the Colle Villa to the armorial hall where the second tasting takes place. The visit continues with the historic kitchen, the billiard room and the bedroom that once belonged to the Grand Duke of Tuscany.
In the winery guests enter the barrel area where the Orcia Cenerentola wine is aged and this wine is tasted here. After visiting the Vinsantaia and the Infernotto with old bottles of Brunello the tour concludes with a tasting of Brunello. The second and last tasting are accompanied with diced pecorino and local sausage.
120 minutes TOUR, TASTING AND TRADITIONAL LUNCH €34 per person
Guided tour of the historical halls in the sixteenth century villa (kitchen and armorial hall) the San Clemente chapel and the winery with its barrel ageing, the Brunello infernotto and the Vinsanto loft.
In the Osteria at Fattoria del Colle, in the liberty style dining room or in the veranda looking over the vineyards.
An elegant setting finely furnished. The lunch consists in 4 courses accompanied by Chianti Superiore DOCG and Rosso di Montalcino DOC served in crystal wine goblets. The menu includes zuppa di Trequanda or pappa col pomodoro, maltagliati with duck sauce or pappardelle con sugo toscano prepared with wine, tagliata di bue chianino reared in the nearby pastures with roast potatoes and salad, ciambellone with apples or whipped ricotta.
At Casato Prime Donne there are 4 wine tours
30 minutes GUIDED TOUR WITH BRIEF TASTING € 6 per person
The tour includes the two vinification areas and the barrel ageing hall where the Brunello ages and where are exhibited frescoes regarding the history of Montalcino. The explanations include anecdotes about local history and the wine, in the end an informal tasting of Brunello di Montalcino.
50 minutes WINE AND MUSIC TASTING €24
Itinerant tasting of 4 wines matched with 4 pieces of music all chosen by Igor Vazzaz, musician and sommelier. A particular role that has been attributed to the 4 theatres which will house the tastings, the winery entrance, the vinification hall, the barrel ageing area, and the tasting room. The music, the wines, and the locations create a multi sensory experience. In the new fermentation hall there is a show of paintings, images, sounds and voices that express the most authentic spirit of the village of Montalcino.
50 minutes ITINERANT TASTING WITH HISTORY € 18
4 tastings: IGT Toscana Rosa di Tetto, Chianti Superiore DOCG, Rosso di Montalcino DOC and Brunello di Montalcino DOCG take place during the tour through the winery, listening to the history of Montalcino and of Brunello. Frescoes and , in the new fermentation hall, a show with painted images, sounds and voices expressing the most authentic spirit of Montalcino. The experience is captivating and the guide’s stories are fascinating. With the first and last wines diced local cold cuts and cheeses are served
90 minutes VISIT WITH LIGHT LUNCH € 29
After the guided tour of the winery and barrel ageing area, with descriptions of the wine and the territory, visitors go upstairs to the tasting hall. Here one finds the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the Tuscan traditional homes. Tables are laid with the “old Ginori” tableware typical in Tuscany. One serves a farmer’s style bread and vegetable soup, pork cold cuts and pecorino cheeses, Crostino nero senese and season vegetables, and to conclude a traditional dessert. These traditional dishes are accompanied by an Orcia Doc and a Brunello served in crystal goblets.