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Calici di stelle at Fattoria del Colle

Make a wish on the magical Cenerentola terrace on August 5th. For Calici di Stelle at Fattoria del Colle great wines, typical dishes and live music




The appointment with the shooting stars, the great wines and the live music by Andrea Pinsuti is set for August 5th at 7 pm at the Fattoria del Colle.



Welcoming with a glass of wine and then a guided tour full of small exciting surprises: the vegetable garden with Tuscan wild herbs to smell and taste preparing to then savour them again for dinner. Then the visit to the cellar with the Cenerentola mural painted by Silvia Argilli, which tells of the marriage between Sangiovese and Foglia Tonda.

Calici di stelle Fattoria del Colle

Calici di stelle Fattoria del Colle

There is the new room that teaches you to listen to the vineyards, and the signature on the barrel of desires on the new terrace with the spectacular corten railing created by Elisa Boldi inspired by the winter oak woods in Valdorcia.



At 8.00 pm  the real party begins with a buffet of Tuscan specialties prepared by chef Doriana Marchi: Panzanella with ancient Tuscan wild herbs, pasta with sugo bugiardo, mixed meat stew with potatoes cooked under the ashes, caffè in forchetta and whipped ricotta. All accompanied by a glass of Leone Rosso Orcia Doc or Sanchimento Supertuscan Bianco IGT 2020. For wine lovers the range of wines will expand to Brunello, Supertuscan, Cenerentola Doc Orcia and other award-winning wines in Italy and abroad with very high ratings.



Two cases containing 10 bottles of Super Tuscan white Sanchimento 2020 and 2 bottles of Passito di Traminer 2017 BIO, 2 custom drop stops and a manual on wine





Extraordinary wines that transform your summer dinners into unique and unforgettable moments. These are two exclusive series: the white Sanchimento IGT Toscana Supertuscan is produced in 1800 bottles and the Passito in just 346 small 375 ml.

Together a small “brief handbook” manual for great wine lovers and 2 personalized drop stops will be sent to your home and will help you pour the wine into the glasses.



Passito is a passion for Carlo, husband to the producer Donatella Cinelli Colombini, who personally cares for it. The 2017 vintage got 94/100 from Robert Parker Wine Advocate who appreciated the honeyed and very elegant taste of this dessert wine. The grapes for the Passito and white Supertuscan Sanchimento are produced in the small BIO vineyard of Traminer variety at Fattoria del Colle.





Sanchimento Super Tuscan IGT bianco was born in the 2020 five-star harvest. Some of the grapes have been vinified by traditional method and part of them with orange- method which means in contact with grape skins and indigenous yeasts. Before bottling, the wine obtained with the two systems was combined to get a white with a golden colour and a complex and slightly mineral scent. In the mouth the wine is harmonious and surprisingly intense. It will fascinate you for its elegant character, it is fresh and at the same time rich.



Price of 159 Euro (instead of 181 Euro)

For two cases containing 10 bottles (750 ml) of Sanchimento IGT Bianco Supertuscan 2020 and 2 bottles (375 ml) of Passito di uve Traminer 2017, 2 drop stops and a manual for wine lovers.

For those who want to double the purchase: 298 Euro (instead of 362 Euro)


Cenerentola wine underground cellar

Tuscan party for the inauguration of the winery of the Fattoria del Colle, almost a palace for Cenerentola wine that becomes princess of Doc Orcia


On June 26th, Donatella Cinelli Colombini will inaugurate the expansion and restoration of the Fattoria del Colle winery with the blessing of Bishop Stefano Manetti and a “déjeuner sur l’herbe”, for 150 people. Typical Valdorcian dishes will be served accompanied by Brunello, Orcia Doc, Chianti Superiore and Supertuscans. A country party according to the great Tuscan tradition to celebrate the conclusion of a project that allows to increase the quality of wines and transforms the Fattoria del Colle into a wine destination capable of attracting enthusiasts and offering them unforgettable experiences and tastings.



The main creation is a large underground area intended for the refinement of bottled wines for which 3,366 mc of earth and rock (231 hours of jackhammer by the Edilpellegrini Company) have been moved. The project by architect Silvia Nucci, from the Studio Luigi Rocchi,included a single large room of 450m2 for the aging of bottled wine.

Here the temperature must remain at constant 16°C while in the area for sparkling wine it drops to 12°C.  It is in this area, separated by panels, that the pupitres have been placed for the manual remuage of the brut rosé classic method obtained from Sangiovese grapes.





Outside Donatella Cinelli Colombini asked the designers and artisans who worked at the construction site – all local -, to be inspired by what they saw around them. Donatella is in fact a strong opposer of the “non-places” that take away identity from the territories. From this request and from the long months of lockdown, which have confined everyone around the house, the idea was born to reproduce in metal the oak woods near the Fattoria del Colle.

In winter the noblest trees of the Mediterranean scrub, become a lace of bare branches that rise to the sky. The young architect Elisa Boldi (Coima) designed them as silhouettes and cut them with laser on iron slabs making them then get rusty so that they had the same colour as the trees. Finally, the corten forest has been put, for 50 meters, around the new cellar and delimits the panoramic terrace above.

The silhouettes of the oaks allowed the designer Silvia Nucci to create continuity between the new building and the pre-existing part with the fermentation room, the bottling area and a farmhouse built about a century ago. In this last building the immersive room has been built, with the antique bottle library and a system of images, sounds and lights that teaches wine lovers to “listen to the vineyards”.


Zuppa di pane di Dante, a fourteenth-century flavour

In the occasion of the seven hundred years since Dante’s death, the restaurant at Fattoria del Colle will serve this Tuscan fourteenth-century bread and vegetable soup. You will taste the Middle Ages




By Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Beans, autochthonous Tuscan plants that the expert botanist Caterina Cardia has planted in the vegetable garden at Fattoria del Colle, as well as onions form Certaldo, extra virgin olive oil form our olive groves and home baked bread by our chef Doriana Marchi with sourdough…. All to create a soup similar to what Dante would have eaten in 1300. That year the supreme poet went to Rome along the Via Francigena which, in the southern section of Siena, crosses the Valdorcia. Wanderers stopped to sleep in the Spedali along the way. They prayed and consumed very simple dinners based on local dishes.



Bread soups with beans and vegetables were typical of the countryside and Dante certainly ate them very often. In the Trequanda area, about 20 km from the via Francigena, bread soups were enriched with a few pieces of pork as the housewives still do today.

However Dante’s bread soup at Fattoria del Colle is certainly better than the one that fed the supreme poet on the long journey to Rome but the ingredients are almost the same. For this reason we can consider savouring this soup a cultural experience even more than a gastronomic one: a direct knowledge of the Tuscan Middle Ages.



Half a kilo of black-eyed beans, a Certaldo onion, a large slice of prosciutto and one slice of salted Tuscan rigatino, bread made with sourdough, half a glass of extra virgin olive oil, kale, chard, stork, other Tuscan wild herbs, parsley, salt and black pepper.



An extra virgin olive oil for kids in small metal jars with labels full of monsters. To make children love the healthiest product on earth: oil




The days of snacks based on bread, freshly picked tomato from the garden, oil and salt are long gone. They had a wonderful scent and taste but also a less attractive look than snacks.
Yet it is precisely ancient and natural foods that make children grow up healthy.

<<Let’s try to give a more baby friendly look to healthy foods starting with extravirginoliveoil>>. From this idea was born 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 have a space where each child can write their own name.



The extra virgin olive oil inside the jars is ORGANIC and comes from the 6 hectares of olive groves at Fattoria del Colle in the inner Tuscany. They are located on high hills (400 meters above the sea) that are well ventilated, with sandy soil where olive trees have been cultivated for over 2000 years. The olives of the Correggiolo and Moraiolo varieties are harvested by hand with small rakes and then squeezed at low temperature in the Sant’Angelo di Castelmuzio olive mill 10 km from the farm. All done with the utmost respect for tradition and nature.
But let’s go back to the Gangheretti, that is, the little monsters on the label. These are the goblins who inhabit Fattoria del Colle and that are told about in a fairy tale that I transcribed below. Once upon a time …



It was the beginning of time and there were only woods. The first farmer felt that there was something magical at the Colle and tried to get it out of the land.

Every night he slept in a different spot until he felt where his heart was happiest. He had a nail-like plow, he waited until midsummer night and stuck it on the ground three times. The magic broke free like a breath of wind that moved the leaves, made the flowers bloom and wove the farmer’s long beard like a fork into a plate of pinci. One by one, 92 goblins came out of the hole. They were blue, with a garlic-like little body but they smelled like lavender.



Wine experience at Fattoria del Colle in the heart of Tuscany to regenerate and learn about  Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti and Orcia during the early summer weekends




In the Tuscany of fine red wines, in an historic winery, unique and pleasant experiences such as guided tours with itinerant tastings, gourmet dinners with 3 courses perfectly matched with specific wines, the winemaker game, cheese making ….. Many engrossing moments to which can be added: hiking, photography safari, tastings in front of breathtaking views or walks with resting stops to enjoy the silence and perfumes of the countryside.



Fattoria del Colle  (click to book) was born in 1592 as a rural hamlet that, during the centuries has been miraculously preserved and offers now holidays in apartments, rooms and villas. These are furnished with authentic furniture, a modern comfort in the welcoming simplicity of the countryside. Surround there are equipped parks, 23 swimming pools, a restaurant, banquet hall, cookery school and natural wellness area.





The most important thing is of course wine. The owner, Donatella Cinelli Colombini, created the first two Italian wineries with an all-female staff at Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda and Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino. A flagship for women’s oenology that in just 22 years has managed to produce a range of wines of absolute excellence, 9 of which with scores above 90/100 in the international specialized press and to export to 39 countries around the world.



The program that is offered to participants of the wine weekends at the beginning of summer, at Fattoria del Colle, includes four daily events: two guided tours dedicated to wine and history interspersed with tastings, a cheese experience and a dinner with three dishes combined with three wines capable of enhancing the flavours. The visits are unusual and surprising.
In the vegetable garden there are  flowers and spontaneous essences of Tuscany that are served in salads by the farm restaurant but also pepper, Aglione, cola, wormwood … and many plants from which to learn … like the “consolida” with which the ancient casts were made. Even in the cellar visitors will find surprises, such as the immersive room in which to feel and see what happens in the vineyards at different times of the day and in different seasons.



Fattoria del Colle is a wine destination that attracts those desiring real and different experiences with wine. Here I explain what it is and why it is liked so much


Wine destination: new winery of Fattoria del Colle in Tuscany

Wine destination: new winery of Fattoria del Colle in Tuscany

by Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Those who think that only wine superstars attract visitors are wrong. Obviously, the more that winery is important and exclusive, the easier it is for them to attract visitors. Any wine lover, from the remotest place on the earth, will pack their bags and set off if they receive an invitation to visit Lafite or Romanée Conti. But the wine lover that comes to Tuscany maybe finds fascinating the idea of spending a day at Fattoria del Colle experiencing different activities that can enrich their knowledge in an old and authentic location. Mostly because they have the possibility of enjoying unique and moving moments.



Wine destination: spumante brut metodo classico sparkling wine - Fattoria del Colle - Tuscany

Wine destination: spumante brut metodo classico sparkling wine – Fattoria del Colle – Tuscany

Let us begin with some facts so as to understand the importance of standing out. If you look for wine destination on Google you will find nearly 150 million content pages. In the first page there are many lists and it is worthwhile to read them so as to understand what attracts a wine lover to one area with respect to another.
Vine Pair proposes a list with the first 10 wine destinations in the world. In first position is Paso Robles in California, followed by Valle de Guadalupe in Mexico and Piedmont in Virginia.
Europeanbestdestinations.com puts l’Alentajo in Portugal, followed by Bordeaux and the Valle del Douro on the podium.
Booking puts the Italian wine regions in a row for the first three positions Valdobbiadene, Barbaresco e Bolgheri.



As you can see the tourist wine destination are present all over the world and so it is not enough to offer a tour through the barrels with an explanation of the production method of the appellation of the area, to intercept visitors. One must concentrate on what makes the winery stand out. Wineries have very different characters: some of them have strong points in the prestige and in the old beauty, as in Champagne, in other cases the major attractions are the new facilities of the star architects as in Chile.


E-station for electric cars, organic vineyards and olive groves, solar panels, vegetable garden with Tuscan edible wild plants … for safe holidays in contact with nature


The novelty is the E-station for electric cars the more eco-friendly guests will find right upon arrival at Fattoria del Colle. It is by the Italian company E-Station and has a maximum charge of 22 kW with a Type 2 jack (European standard). It is always on, so those who wish to charge even at night can download the QR code, pay and recharge the car (Euro 0,32/kWh).

At the moment we have not received many electric cars at Fattoria del Colle but in the future surely there will be more, so we shall install more charging columns. At least that is what we hope!



Charging column for electric cars at Fattoria del Colle with Enrico Pelagatti

Charging column for electric cars at Fattoria del Colle with Enrico Pelagatti

Nature lovers and those sensitive to the environment will notice our efforts to adapt a 400 hundred year old estate without a big environmental impact: all of the light bulbs on the estate have been changed with low energy consumption ones. We have changed the engines that cool the fermentation tanks and the wine ageing areas with up to the minute equipment. To the solar panels on the cellar roof we have added others at the entrance ….



These actions do not affect our guests’ stay whereas other environmental choices do: the vegetable garden for example. Caterina Caterina guided us in the choice of edible wild plants from the Valdorcia Valley. Herbs that have been part of our fields for centuries and that allow us to serve bread soups and bread salads like our ancestors did. Obviously the garden contains also tomatoes, zucchini … that are served to those who love salads but, the Aglione, tarragon, borragine … are on the other hand essences that tell of age old stories. Did you know that the giant garlic that grows in our sandy soils has no allicin and so does not leave a bad odour on the breath, and is called “kiss proof”?


The Fattoria del Colle wine destination opens again in May

We cannot wait to show you the new cellar with the Spumante area, the small renovations, the vegetable garden and to be able to give you a taste of the new vintages and our new recipes


Wine destination Fattoria del Colle - Hiking through the vineyards - Tuscany

Wine destination Fattoria del Colle – Hiking through the vineyards – Tuscany

by Donatella Cinelli Colombini

We have been shut to the public but we have never been still. Those who have been following us via social media have seen the awards arriving from all over the world for our wines, the birth of the photography safari and the new signposting the experimentation of dishes by our chef Doriana, the Spumante bottles on the pupitre, the spontaneous Val d’Orcia herb plantation in the vegetable garden ….



Many small things are changing Fattoria del Colle into a wine destination able to offer authentic and absorbing experiences with wines and with the old Tuscan traditions.

Wine destination Fattoria del Colle - Wine Cellar

Wine destination Fattoria del Colle – Wine Cellar

Obviously the biggest changes are in the cellar at Fattoria del Colle. The fermentation area has now been boxed off and has a shelter that will protect the grapes in arrival during the harvest. Where the packaging takes place there is already positioned a new bottling machine and soon the new labelling machine will arrive so as to guarantee the maximum care even in the last but all the same important moment in wine production. There is an immersive room where visitors will be able to hear and see what happens in the vineyards during the 4 seasons and at different times of day. So as to learn that light can change the landscape, and the cicadas are not always heard, on the contrary in summer and winter they have their noises, and the northerly wind has a different sound than the sirocco wind, while the bells are still timekeepers in countryside. An immersive experience where sounds, images and lights teach guests that the wonderful countryside surrounding them must be looked at with an attentive eye, and in a few months it will be completely different.



The new underground bottle storage of around 450 sq m (18°C) contains the coolest room (12°C), where the spumante rests on the yeast after the secondary fermentation. This is a craft production of just 1800 bottles per year of spumante metodo classico obtained from Sangiovese grapes. The remuage of the bottles on the  pupitre is also done by hand.
The most spectacular thing is the external overlay of the new section of the cellar representing a wood in corten steel designed by the Architect Elisa Boldi to resemble the oak trees in the winter period. At night the metal trees are backlit and give the sensation of a fairytale scenario. Naturally the most precious things, even if less spectacular, are the bottles inside. They are receiving prize after prize from all over the world. The latest are from GuidaBIO that has given the excellence with 5 leaves to the Chianti Superiore 2018 and 4 leaves to the Leone Rosso Doc Orcia and to Rosso di Montalcino Doc 2018.


ROSA DI TETTO IGT Toscana Rosato 2019

Rosé wines are extremely trendy in the new millennium. The appreciation of the consumers increases and with it the request for wines richer in personality, finesse and quality


Rosa di Tetto 2019 IGT Toscana - Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Rosa di Tetto 2019 IGT Toscana – Donatella Cinelli Colombini

A project that at Fattoria del Colle, begins with the Sangiovese grapes and its specificities such as the particular aroma of violets, that in the Rosa di Tetto, blends with that of apples and cherries.
The BIO (organic) vineyards are cultivated by hand with obsessive care; the grapes are picked by hand, vinified, and refined under the observant eyes of the three estate winemakers, Barbara, Sabrina and Giada. These give origin to some small series of “family wines” wines made on the estate. In this case it is a production of only 2.000 bottles, real jewels destined to wine loving clients.
At Fattoria del Colle the production of rosé began more than 30 years ago with the name “Aqua di Tetto”. When Donatella Cinelli Colombini received the farm form her father Fausto Cinelli in 1998, she decided to change it into Rosa di Tetto and to put on the label the flowers from the old climbing rose that covers the facade of the 16th century villa.

Rosa di Tetto 2019 IGT Toscana - Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Rosa di Tetto 2019 IGT Toscana – Donatella Cinelli Colombini

The 2019 harvest quality wise has been considered one of the best in the last 50 years. It was abundant and with grapes never seen before. For this reason it was decided to begin with this vintage a change of style for the Rosa di Tetto, aiming at a type of rosé that is more complex, important and structured and where the Sangiovese imprint is very evident. A wine to drink “with the whole meal”.



TYPE: rosé
PRODUCTION AREA: Tuscany, Trequanda, Fattoria del Colle, Cenerentola vineyard.
VINTAGE CHARACTERISTICS: mild and dry Winter. In the Summer the hot days were interrupted by great storms, there where vast temperature excursions between day and night, and this favoured the synthesis of the aromas.

Il Drago e le 8 Colombe IGT Supertuscan 2018

A scarce vintage in quantity but with great quality, 2018 gifts us Il Drago e le 8 Colombe – Supertuscan in a “20th century style”, with great aromatic richness


Supertuscan Il Drago e le 8 Colombe 2018 - Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Supertuscan Il Drago e le 8 Colombe 2018 – Donatella Cinelli Colombini

In the vineyards 2018, began by showing the effects of a spring frost the previous year: the clusters were few and small, right from the beginning. An element that on the other hand seemed to be negative instead permitted the grapes to happily survive a very rainy month of May and a summer that alternated heat and big storms. A climate that resembled that of last century, with more clouds than sunshine. The September sunshine was decisive for the quality of the grapes: the size of each grape was smaller and the ripening took place slowly, simultaneously in the skins and in the pulp of the grapes –technological and poliphenolic ripening. Temperatures in the period before the harvest rendered the Il Drago e le 8 Colombe 2018 its distinctive catachrestic: fine, complex and deep aromas.

Finally a small but significant detail, against all weather forecasts, the rain arrived the day after the harvest ended. This is not a small detail, because, interpreting the “20th century style” harvests the best grapes, like those for the Il Drago e le 8 Colombe, were picked for last. A stroke of luck that when drinking this Il Drago e le 8 Colombe is clearly noticeable.



The Il Drago e le 8 Colombe comes from the first all female staffed winery in Italy: our consultant Valérie Lavigne, the wine makers Barbara Sabrina and Giada, the hospitality and sales staff are all women. There are 8 doves, mentioned in the name together with a dragon, the only man present: Carlo Gardini, husband to Donatella Cinelli Colombini, the owner. He too expresses his passion for fine wines by following the procedures for producing small selections of sweet wines.

Supertuscan Il Drago e le 8 Colombe 2018 - Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Supertuscan Il Drago e le 8 Colombe 2018 – Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Il Drago e le 8 Colombe is also born to celebrate men in wine.



This is a “Supertuscan” wine, a “masterpiece” of a wine IGT Toscana, where the varieties are used following creativity and not tradition. In the Il Drago e le 8 Colombe there is a union of, at the end of their ageing, three different varieties: Sangiovese prince of Tuscany that gives the wine elegance, Merlot (20%) that adds pleasantness and then Sagrantino (20%) that increases the structure. All the grapes are grown, vinified, aged in barrel, bottles and refined on the estate.


Sanchimento IGT Toscana Bianco 2020

The IGT Toscana Bianco Sanchimento is a small masterpiece of creativity and respect for nature. A white Supertuscan in meaning exclusive, innovative BIO (organic) and slightly orange style


Sanchimento IGT Toscana 2020 - supertuscan from Fattoria del Colle

Sanchimento IGT Toscana 2020 – supertuscan from Fattoria del Colle

This Sanchimento is obtained with the first grapes picked by the “masked pickers” which means those wearing the anti-Covid masks!!

Everybody will remember the 2020 grape harvest at Fattoria del Colle for the difficulty in following the safety rules regardless of the heat, fatigue and not being able to breathe properly. But nobody was infected let’s hope it will be the only grape harvest under the Covid claws.



The Traminer grapes were handpicked; the clusters were cooled in an old IVECO refrigerated truck. It is an antique but we keep it to use just for the grape harvest.

After a first experimentation in 2019, the cellar master Barbara Magnani with the two junior wine makers Sabrina and Giada launched themselves into a very interesting chemistry between traditional vinification and orange wine.

Sanchimento IGT Toscana 2020 - Supertuscan - Fattoria del Colle

Sanchimento IGT Toscana 2020 – Supertuscan – Fattoria del Colle

Part of the grapes was in fact vinified with the skins and with autochthonous yeasts. The blend with the Sanchimento vinified traditionally took place before bottling. The result is a wine of great character and finesse, less aromatic than before but more complex on the nose. More agile, full and structured on the palate. A wine that is not ordinary that demonstrates courage in experimentation and interprets the natural characteristics of the Traminer grapes grown in Tuscany.

The small Sanchimento vineyard was planted in 1989 by Fausto Cinelli, Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s father. It surrounds the San Clemente chapel at Fattoria del Colle. Chimento is in fact the name that was used locally instead of Clemente in the tongue that then became Sienese vernacular.
IGT Toscana Sanchimento 2020 is consequently a BIO Supertuscan produced in a small series of 2000 bottles. An exclusive wine for wine lovers that will visit or stay at Fattoria del Colle in 2021.


My mother Franceca is 90 today

Francesca Colombini Cinelli blows out 90 birthday candles but postpones the celebrations until my cast is removed, when we will enjoy tortellini, meringues and Brunello


Francesca Colombini Cinelli with Carlo, Donatella, Violante, Stefano and Giovanni

Francesca Colombini Cinelli with Carlo, Donatella, Violante, Stefano and Giovanni

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini

My mother Francesca was born in Modena where her grandfather, Pio Colombini, eminent dermatologist, was rector at the University. A prestigious role, in the second oldest university in Italy (that Pio Colombini filled with self-celebratory plaques), in a small but cultured and rich city, where all the family lived very happily. To confirm these feelings my mother has hanging in her bedroom, a photograph of the building where she was born, but she remembers with pride that <<in our Montalcino home we got electricity way before in our house in Modena>>. From the period in Emilia still today lingers in our family an unbelievable love of homemade tortellini.



An only child my mother was brought up practically as if she were a man: she would go hunting and could drive tractors and trucks. Before and during the Second World War my grandfather Giovanni Colombini would allow her to take part in everything that happened. Most of her memories are found in the book Il vino fa le gambe belle (2005). A tale that also regards the metamorphosis of Montalcino, from being a small, florid, rural and warrior hamlet, to being a poor settlement because of the farmers abandoning the countryside and finally to becoming the city of Brunello.

Francesca Colombini Cinelli with Donatella and Stefano

Francesca Colombini Cinelli with Donatella and Stefano

My mother’s stay in Montalcino was interrupted after the war because of a long stay in Florence, a city she adores. Here went to the Istitut Français di Firenze, a secondary school where she became fluent in the language, and she still is today.  She lived in the  “Casa di Boccacio” where now Violante, my daughter, and her husband, Enrico live. This is where Stefano my brother and I grew up, before moving to Siena, event that coincided with the death of my Grandmother Giuliana, Giovanni Colombini’s adored wife.



It was during these years that my mother began to work at Fattoria dei Barbi going backwards and forwards every day with a white Cinquecento FIAT. The search for alternatives to sharecropping farming of the past was a challenge my mother and grandfather experienced together with effort, tenacity and creativity. He was an extrovert and had grown up among academics, he loved to be surrounded by intellectuals and had a more cultured and visionary approach. She is pragmatic and is gifted with excellent organizational abilities (she, I and my daughter Violante are all dyslexic, a disability that becomes a strong point in managers) was dedicated to the operational aspects. A situation that in some ways favoured me, because my mother would refuse social events loved by my grandfather, so it was me that often accompanied him. This gave me the opportunity to understand the change in consideration towards wine and the cultivation of the land, and it taught me how to plan using long-sightedness and practicality. I think I received my true training during those trips.
My mother Francesca and my grandfather Giovanni, together, created the foundations of the present day estate. They transformed the small activities, winery, dairy, cold cut production and restaurant into  today’s prototype of multifunctional farming that can free itself from the food industry and starts from the fields to reach the consumer’s tables. Practically 50 years before the European project Farm-Fork.
After the death of my grandfather Giovanni Colombini, in 1976, my mother guided Fattoria dei Barbi alone for more than 20 years giving the winery an international market and reputation. If my grandfather had had the right intuitions it was she who built the productive structures.


Happy New Year 2021

Let’s say goodbye to a difficult 2020 and toast to 2021 with the new Brunello, wishing peace and goodwill to everyone for a splendid new year


Violante and Enrico's Wedding - the most beautiful 2020 memory

Violante and Enrico’s Wedding – the most beautiful 2020 memory

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini

We need s good luck toast, and there is nothing better than the Brunello 2016 Prime Donne. As all wine lovers know Brunello becomes Brunello legally only at midnight of its last year. This time the new vintage to be realized has been anticipated by drum rolls and the great international wine critics have given it extraordinary ratings already before it gets released. So other than the character of the wine that brings good fortune, this time we are in admiration of a Brunello than can hopefully rid us of the dark shadow of Covid and allow us to have faith in a new year full hope.
So I will toast with Brunello Prime Donne 2016 wishing everyone health and happiness in the New Year.



2020 is ending and it is time for considerations: except for my brother who was fortunately asymptomatic, none of us got covid19 in the family and on the estate.

2020 new staff of Donatella Cinelli Colombini's wineries with 3 winemakers: Giada, Barbara and Sabrina

2020 new staff of Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s wineries with 3 winemakers: Giada, Barbara and Sabrina

The province of Siena has been one of the least hit by the pandemic but to protect ourselves we really have done our upmost; face masks, disinfectant gels , dry sanitizing guns, ozone instruments … rooms for quarantining pillows for the beds ….  Plexiglas panels, shifts in the offices …. We even sent away a tourist who was suspected of having the virus….
In the vineyards the work went ahead as usual, where the harvest was scarce in quantity but very high in quality. We are expecting 5 star rating for the vintage. The olive harvest on the other hand was very abundant in quantity and quality. White truffles unfortunately were very rare.



Wine sales went well thanks to the foreign markets that have bought and bought again an excellent Brunello 2015.He has been our champion that has conquered Covid. Wine sales in Italy and direct sales from the wineries have greatly decreased but thanks to less costs (no Prowein and Vinitaly, no trips abroad, no yearly edition of the Casato Prime Donne award …) the final economic balance of the agricultural  estate is positive.

Less so the country inn hospitality and restaurant aspects at Fattoria del Colle that worked only from halfway through July to mid October losing all foreign weddings and 70% of the normal income. Even more disastrous was the situation in the three ToscanaLovers stores, the Cortona shop practically with nil income and the other two with earnings for 2020 of about one fifth compared to usual.


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