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New 2021 olive oil, little but organic and good

The heat and drought have drastically reduced the 2021 olives but the extra virgin olive oil is full of flavor. The harvest at the Fattoria del Colle has already begun




by Donatella Cinelli Colombini

The harvest has just begun but the scarcity of olives is very evident: some trees are entirely fruitless and others have beautiful loaded branches and all the rest of the canopy empty. Apparently it is the moraiolo variety olive trees that have suffered the most.  Fortunately, the yield in oil is good and the taste of the golden liquid is intense so just a few drops are enough to fill the vegetables and cooked dishes with flavor.



The Fattoria del Colle has two small olive groves for a total of 6 hectares, planted after the frost of 1985 that killed almost all the ancient trees. Only a few olive trees resisted and are along the dirt roads.
In the olive groves there are the varieties Moraiolo and Correggiolo (frantoio) with which we produce a Tuscan DOP blend and two monocultivars. All are organic.



The area of Trequanda, where the farm is located, has been renowned for centuries for the excellent quality of its extra virgin olive oil. Thanks to its altitude (400 meters above sea level), its ventilation and the calcareous soil, the quality of the oil is spontaneously excellent. The oleic fly is also very rare and therefore there is no need of chemistry. Producing organically is really easy.
Harvesting is done by hand with the help of rakes and nets. Every day the olives arrive in the Sant’Angelo Olive Mill in Castelmuzio which is only a few kilometers from the Fattoria del Colle. The pressing takes place at low temperatures (less than 27 ° C) with a Pieralisi system. The master miller Paolo Bindi has experience and a keen eye to preserve the fragrance of the fruit and its healthy virtues.
The annual production is small and ranges between 10-15Hl. The extra virgin olive oil is stored in the dark and at a controlled temperature in steel vats and then bottled without filtering. It is possible to buy it at Fattoria del Colle or online.



In addition to the traditional glass bottles since last year the Fattoria del Colle also offers children’s oil packaged in metal jars covered with a label full of GANGHERETTI small monsters designed by the painter Alessandro Grazi.

The cans are small so that children can pick them up on their own (0.25 and 0.50 L) and there is a space where each child can write their name. The Gangheretti are the 92 goblins that legendarily populate the Fattoria del Colle. They are blue, smell of garlic and constantly play pranks.
Extra virgin olive oil is the healthiest food that nature gives us. This is why it is important that children consume it regularly and for this reason it is important to store it in the dark, where there are no smells and in the cool but not in the cold because it freezes long before water. Poor preservation destroys most of the health pros of extra virgin olive oil: oleic acid for example, a monounsaturated fat capable of regulating cholesterol levels. Extra virgin olive oil reduces the likelihood of heart attack, diabetes, cancer and aging.


Spumante Rosè Brut Classic Method 2018 by Donatella

Donatella Cinelli Colombini presents her Spumante Rosé classic method made with only Sangiovese and thought of for the white truffle of the Crete Senesi


<<It is a great sparkling wine for meals, an exclusive excellence intended for lovers of Tuscany and the best fruits of the earth such as the white truffle from the Crete Senesi>> says Donatella Cinelli Colombini presenting the 2018 classic method rosé produced in only 1,433 bottles at Fattoria del Colle.



<<Demanding wine lovers who are always eager for novelties will discover a wine of great personality and fineness. A small exclusive series that aims high>>. The Rosé Sparkling Wine by Donatella Cinelli Colombini: combines the typical freshness of Italian sparkling wines with the gustatory intensity of long-aged bubbles.



Donatella Cinelli Colombini worked three years for this result, preparing a Sangiovese vineyard with different characteristics from those intended for the classic Tuscan reds << when Josef Reiterer told me to produce more grapes, for me it was a shock>> she says referring to the legendary creator of the sparkling wines “Arunda”, the South Tyrolean winery 1,200 meters above sea level, who supported her throughout the project as a consultant.

For the brut rosé by Donatella Cinelli Colombini a dark and cold room (12 ° C) was built in the cellar of the Fattoria del Colle. Investments but above all a lot of manual skills with the traditional pupitres where the bottles are turned day after day by the cellar staff of the first Italian winery with an all-female staff.



Even the packaging has an author’s touch with the label signed by Alessandro Grazi, Sienese painter of international fame. From the canvas of Pienza in the texture of the label, to the ecological coiffe, up to the capsule with the traditional dove symbol representing Donatella Cinelli Colombini and the screen-printed box, everything has been designed for a demanding, refined public that is eager for small exclusive jewels.

An audience that loves Tuscany and its traditions such as preparing effervescent wines for weddings and baptisms. A custom that this sparkling wine has respected since it was served in preview for the wedding of Enrico and Violante Cinellicolombini JR.



TYPE: Sparkling Rosé Classic Method Brut