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GREEN WEEKEND WITH FORAGING AND BRUNELLO

MAY 3rd to 5th IN TUSCANY, AT THE FATTORIA DEL COLLE, FOR A WEEKEND WITH NATURE AND GREAT RED WINES: FORAGING IN THE FIELDS, WOODS AND GARDEN WITH OUTDOOR SNACK

 

orto e erbe spontanee

vegetable garden with spontaneous herbs

When spring covers the Tuscan hills with a green blanket, walks have an extraordinary regenerating capacity. They call it landscape therapy and it is an antidote to the stress of our time.

This is especially true in places that keep their past intact, such as Fattoria del Colle, surrounded by the most beautiful countryside in the world, partly inscribed in the UNESCO heritage list precisely for its historicity and harmony: the Val d’Orcia and the Crete Senesi .

Added to this is the organic cultivation of the entire Colle farm (336 hectares) which allows you to walk, stop and collect herbs to eat in a preserved and respected nature. Last, but not least, the two cellars for the production of Premium wines intended for exclusive customers in 44 foreign markets: Brunello, Chianti Superiore, Orcia and Supertuscan. The visit to the production sites and the tasting, but also the pairing with delicious traditional dishes, in the Fattoria del Colle restaurant, complete a weekend dedicated to tradition and nature.

SANCHIMENTO IGT TOSCANA BIANCO 2023

THE SANCHIMENTO WHITE WINE, A SMALL SERIES OF ONLY 1200 BOTTLES  OF IGT SUPERTUSCAN BIO –  ORGANIC THAT TAKES EXAMPLE FROM THE ORANGE TECHNIQUE.

 

 

The white wine “Sanchimento” from Fattoria del Colle is produced with grapes from the vineyard surrounding the Chapel of San Clemente (or Chimento as the Saint was called in the Middle Ages). It is a small plot of one hectare planted in 1989 with the Traminer variety at 404 meters above the sea, facing north, on a soil of marine sand and clay.

 

 

THE 2023 VINTAGE

2023 will be remembered for the rainfalls and the downy mildew that hit the red grape vineyards hard but spared the pink Traminer bunches. A poor harvest therefore, but with perfectly healthy grapes thanks to the assiduous care of the grape growers and also to the cool climate which gave the Sanchimento 2023 an extraordinary aromatic richness

EASTER 2024 IN TUSCANY TO REGENERATE BODY AND SPIRIT

From 29 March to 1 April 2024 at Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda to regenerate in nature, with small pleasures and some fun cultural enrichment

 

Fattoria del Colle agriturismo Appartamento

Fattoria del Colle agriturismo Appartamento

 

“Total wellness” is the magical effect of places where there is harmony between man, nature and history. Places like the Fattoria del Colle built in 1592 and remained almost intact for centuries with the incredibly beautiful panorama of the Val d’Orcia and the Crete Senesi surrounding it. This is the countryside of great red wines and the most ancient Tuscan cuisine which, together with

some sins of gluttony, offers places of faith such as the abbeys of Sant’Antimo and Monte Oliveto Maggiore where you can listen to Gregorian chants.

This is why the long Easter weekend in the “most beautiful countryside in the world”, immersed in the refined but informal atmosphere of a historic farm, offers unique moments and the unrepeatable opportunity to regenerate both in body and spirit.

OFFER: CHIANTI SUPERIORE 2021, IL DRAGO E LE 8 COLOMBE, 2 FAMILY WINES

Be among the first to receive the Chianti Superiore DOCG 2021 directly to your home together with Il Drago e le 8 Colombe IGT Toscana 2019 for €98.00

 

Montly Offer- 3 Chianti Superiore 2021 e 3 Il Drago e le 8 Colombe 2019

Offer- 3 Chianti Superiore 2021 e 3 Il Drago e le 8 Colombe 2019

The Superiore denomination indicates a Chianti with superior quality characteristics and aging ability. It is produced only in vineyards that have a greater vocation and lower production. This Chianti Superiore is certified BIO-organic  and is a “farmhouse” wine as we call it in Tuscany, that is, it is a “family wine” born in the property’s vineyards, and then vinified, matured and bottled by the same winery.

Indicazione Geografica Tipica, on the other hand, is one of the five denominations present in Italy, namely DOP, DOC, DOCG and IGP, used to indicate the best table wines present on the community market, which respond to certain characteristics such as production area and the use of traditional techniques.

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CHIANTI SUPERIORE DOCG 2021

CHIANTI SUPERIORE 2021 FROM FATTORIA DEL COLLE A FAMILYWINE FULL OF TUSCAN ELEGANCE AND YOUTHFUL ENERGY THAT PUTS FLAVOUR IN EVERY SIP

 

Chianti Superiore 2021 DOCG Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Chianti Superiore 2021 DOCG Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Fattoria del Colle was very lucky in 2021: it was saved from the frost and hailstorms that hit many parts of the Italian and Tuscan vineyard.

A great fortune that the winemakers of Donatella Cinelli Colombini wineries wanted to live to the full by making a harvest with attention to every detail. The year was called the “puzzle harvest” because the vineyards were divided into small areas based on the ripeness of the grapes. The harvest calendar was built according to the maturation of each portion, ensuring that the small fermentation vats in the cellar were full every evening. A method that entailed greater costs, more staff and more time due to the constant movement from one vineyard to another. The result is greater respect for the fruit, which is always picked at the moment of its maximum potential and an increase in the quality of the wines.

CHIANTI TUNA

This is a delicious appetizer or summer main course. Chianti Tuna is made from pork and does not contain fish. Very easy, but long, to prepare

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini #winedestination

 

tonno del Chianti Fattoria del Colle Toscana

Chianti Tuna Fattoria del Colle Toscana

In Tuscany many recipes have confusing names: the “mice” are stuffed courgette flowers, the “mock thrushes”  are veal rolls, the Sienese Schiacciata is a very sophisticated dessert… Chianti tuna resembles the flavour of fish but actually contains pork and was actually born from the need to preserve meat in an era when there were no refrigerators so putting it “in oil” was a good way to prevent it from going bad.

 

It is thanks to the poet- butcher Dario Cecchini of Panzano that Chianti Tuna became famous , he brought it back from the ancient popular tradition.

 

It is served cold on toasted bread (preferably Tuscan, without salt) with a salad of tomatoes and capers or with boiled and seasoned cannellini beans. In popular tradition it is also accompanied by pickles and red onion but I prefer homemade mayonnaise.

 

I know well that the cooking wine should be the same that that accompanies the dish but, in this case, I recommend drinking a well-structured rosé such as the IGT Rosa di Tetto from Fattoria del Colle.

2023 HARVEST IN BRUNELLO AND ORCIA

VIOLANTE’S FIRST TIME ALONE TO MANAGE THE HARVEST WHILE I AM IN MALTA. STORY OF A GRAPE HARVEST THAT NO ONE WILL EVER FORGET

 

Vendemmia 2023 Violante Cinellicolombini con il selettore degli acini Pellenc

Vendemmia 2023 Violante Cinelli Colombini with sorting table with optical reader Pellenc

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini #winedestination

The most difficult harvest of our lives.
My husband Carlo in hospital in Malta after he fell down the stairs, in our home in Gozo, which took him first  to the operating room and then to intensive care. Now he is recovering slowly: he talks, eats and moves his legs and arms but at the beginning it was really hard.
Violante, between one trip and another to Malta, managed the company and the harvest. For the first time alone managing the most important moment of the year and with a big innovation compared to the past: the optical reader for selecting the grapes.
The harvest was excellent in quality and very scarce in quantity. Half the amount of last year.

In addition to the downy mildew, we had 3 small hailstorms and then the assault of the ungulates. The roe deer jumped the fence of the Casato Prime Donne vineyards in Montalcino and the tourists left the gates at the Fattoria del Colle open, inviting the wild boars in for a snack.
2023 will be remembered as the year of downy mildew. An <<announced disaster >> say the German agronomists who had had the same experience before us and who asked to modify the organic regulations so as to have the tools to combat the fearful fungus. A request that Italy and France had opposed by making organic winemakers pay a high price. We hope that the next rainy year will find us more experienced and better equipped.

 

OFFER: TWO GREAT DOCG WINES AWARDED AT INTERNATIONAL LEVEL

 

3 bottles of Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2018 BIO-Organic “Prime Donne selection” and 3 bottles of Chianti Superiore DOCG 2020 BIO-Organic at the price of 179 € directly to your home

Offerta agosto: 3 Chianti superiore 2020, 3 Brunello di Montalcino progetto Prime Donne, una wine skin e un cavatappi personalizzato

August offer: 3 Chianti superiore 2020, 3 Brunello di Montalcino Prime Donne project, a wine skin and a personalized corkscrew

 

 For autumn, a proposal of two premium red wines, produced in small exclusive series and appreciated by wine critics from all over the world

The new proposal includes two wines by Donatella Cinelli Colombini, a wine from each estate:  Chianti Superiore DOCG 2020 from Fattoria del Colle and  Brunello di Montalcino Progetto Prime Donne DOCG 2018 from Casato Prime Donne. Two flagship wines from Donatella’s wineries!

Both productions are limited to just a few bottles, wines that are approachable, versatile and of typical Tuscan elegance.

Together with the bottles you will find two small gifts: a wine skin ,which is a bubble wrap container  to protect your bottles when you carry them in your suitcase, and a professional corkscrew. Both are customized.

 

OFFER FOR MEMBERS OF DONATELLA’S CLUB

3 bottles of Chianti Superiore DOCG 2020 Organic and

3 bottles of  Brunello Prime Donne 2018 Organic

1 wine skin with  Donatella Cinelli Colombini logo

1 professional corkscrew with Donatella Cinelli Colombini logo

 

OFFER: LEONE ROSSO AND ROSA DI TETTO FOR PICNICS AND BBQs

 

Summer is coming and so is the desire to have lunch and dinner outdoors. We propose two “limited edition” and “farmhouse” wines.

 

Rosa di Tetto, Leone Rosso, customized  mini shopper bag, vacuum wine saver

Rosa di Tetto, Leone Rosso, customized  mini shopper bag, vacuum wine saver

 

Two very special wines from Fattoria del Colle: the Leone Rosso Orcia DOC 2020 and the Rosato IGT Toscana, which is a trendy type. Both in preview and both wines to drink fresh, giving a special touch to your aperitif, your picnic or your brunch. Together with the bottles you will find a personalized mini shopper bag and a wine saver closure.

 

 

SMALL EXCLUSIVE PRODUCTIONS FROM FATTORIA DEL COLLE

These two gems are “family wines”, produced in small series to make your lunches and dinners exceptional, and they are not so easy to find!

For those who don’t know yet, Fattoria del Colle is located in southern Chianti, it is a sixteenth-century farm with an ancient history and a cellar projected into the future.

The buildings form a small hamlet, now transformed into holiday homes, surrounded by olive groves, vineyards and parks. Fattoria del Colle is a farmhouse in Tuscany with restaurant and wellness area with spa, a place miraculously preserved over time that offers guests a weekend in Tuscany with the emotion of reliving a thousand-year history

OFFER FOR MEMBERS OF DONATELLA’S CLUB

6 bott Leone Rosso Doc Orcia 2020 bio

and

6 bott Rosa di Tetto IGT Toscana bio

1 customized  mini shopper bag

1 vacuum wine saver

Price 159,00 Euro (instead of 191,00 Euro)

15 Euro discount on shipping cost

 

For those who wish to double by buying 12 Leone Rosso and 12 Rosa di Tetto the price is even more convenient

Euro 297,00 (instead of Euro 382,00)

Always with the 15 Euro discount on shipping cost

 

NEWS FROM FATTORIA DEL COLLE

Camera dei Vignaioli, restoration of the panoramic swimming pool, starry sky for wedding dinners … many small things to add charm to  Fattoria del Colle

 

Piscina panoramica prima del restauro Fattoria del Colle

Panoramic swimming pool before the restoration Fattoria del Colle

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini

In truth, the Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda, in the most beautiful Tuscan countryside, is loved because it hasn’t changed, because those who come back after twenty years find their memories …. However, updates are essential to keep alive a small hamlet  with four hundred years of history. And here is the news for 2023.

 

CAMERA DEI VIGNAIOLI

The Vignaioli room is located on the ground floor in the building formerly called Podere Ginestreto and built over two hundred years ago. Externally it has two large brick arches over the lane which crosses the Fattoria del Colle and is now used for outdoor seating. Presumably in the past it was a stable or a warehouse for carts, plows and other agricultural implements. More recently it has been used as a canteen for the winemakers who cultivate the most precious things on the farm: the Sangiovese vines. This is why it is called the Grape growers’ room. It is furnished with a small sofa, a chest of drawers and an authentic antique wardrobe that give a lived-in feel to this room, restored in 2023 and equipped with air conditioning and Wi-Fi.

As is well known, Tuscany protects historic buildings and landscapes. For this reason, the restoration of the Camera Vignaioli was a real puzzle and only after many attempts did the definitive project arrive. One of the arches was reduced (the other had already been closed in the past) using ancient bricks and this made it possible to create an entrance to the bedroom and bathroom. The result seems very trendy with the shower cubicle separated from the bathroom, but, in reality, it derives from the need to respect the existing volumes.

EASTER IN TUSCANY AT FATTORIA DEL COLLE

7-10th  April 2023 Easter mini break with nature, masterpieces of art, traditions and great wines in Tuscany to regenerate and enrich  with new knowledge

 

Pasqua panina di Pasqua, con uovo benedetto

Pasqua panina di Pasqua, con uovo benedetto

Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s county inn is different from all the others and offers unique experiences. You’ll wonder what makes it so special. Great red wines with international recognition are born there, it has 430 years of noble history behind it and allows tourists to live inside this history, to eat it, to smell it, to touch it …. All of this with the frame of panoramas that have remained intact over the centuries and of an ORGANIC  BIO nature in which to walk among olive groves, vineyards and woods.

For this reason, spending the long Easter weekend at Fattoria del Colle regenerates the body and mind even if perhaps it leads to a few interruptions in the diet and a few more during the tastings of Brunello. But if you are a wine lover, do not miss the opportunity because a tasting of 6 wines from the barrel and of  5-star Brunellos does not happen easily.

 

THE EASTER 2023 BANK HOLIDAY PROGRAM

 

Vasca vinoterapia e sala per il massaggio di coppia Fattoria del Colle Toscana

Vasca vinoterapia e sala per il massaggio di coppia Fattoria del Colle Toscana

  • Overnight stay in double room or apartment
  • Buffet breakfast with homemade cakes and biscuits, cold cuts and cheese, omelette and pinzimoni, hot drinks
  • Use of parks and hiking trails
  • Guided tour of the historic rooms of the Fattoria del Colle (16th century kitchen, armorial hall, billiard room, chapel, Italian garden) with tasting of 2 Orcia Doc wines and 3 extra virgin olive oils
  •  Casato Prime Donne winery in Montalcino – guided tour with a wine and music  experience, including the barrel ageing cellar and the new fermentation cellar- with an itinerant tasting of 4 wines including Brunello
  • Guided tour on the theme “Wine, vineyard and video” in the cellars of the Fattoria del Colle including the area for refining the sparkling wine and the room that teaches how to listen to the vineyards. Mini photo -safari and at the end a tasting of Spumante Brut Metodo Classico from Sangiovese grapes.
  • Cooking lesson about Pici, the typical local handmade pasta

WINERY TOURS 2023

Tourism in wineries 2023: increasingly technological contacts and increasingly territorial experiences that are starting to be segmented by price and target for winery tours

 

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The 2023 winery tourism proposals are coming, the result of a rapidly evolving wine tourism scenario.

 

WINE TOURISM NEWS 2023 TOURISTS AND EXPERIENCES CHANGE

Nothing is like before covid, not even tourists. At least 4 types of visitors arrive in Italian wineries: the classic wine tourists, therefore the true enthusiasts of the nectar of Bacchus, the majority group who seek recreation in unspoilt nature, the high-spending guests, especially from abroad, who ask for exclusive moments and finally the Taliban of  “wines without hands”, ultra-famous or with other extreme characteristics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another new element is the overtaking of wine experiences: the winery that manages to promote a truly exceptional wine tourism proposal well wins over the prestige of the wine.Indeed it enhances it enormously. For this reason the number, size and spectacularizing of the new tourist wineries is growing enormously with Hollywood effects and often far from the local culture.

However, the small, true and different still wins so, even if it seems a paradox, the “old-fashioned” cellars have more appeal than in the past.