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LOTS AND VERY GOOD OLIVE OIL 2022

Trequanda celebrates the new oil and Fattoria del Colle brings to the table the first olive pressing in 2022. Tuscany grows in quantity and quality compared to 2021

 

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Olives-harvest-2022-Fattoria-del-Colle

The festa dell’Olio Novo is back in Trequanda this year together with applause for the newly elected Senator Silvio Franceschelli, Mayor of Montalcino, who told us “the inhabitants of small towns have the right to have the same opportunities as those who live in the city”. A political program that we agree with. The third reason for celebration a visit from my friend and great oil expert Antonietta Mazzeo. She dined with us together with the surprise guest Massimo Rossi, AIS delegate from Arezzo and 40 exuberant aspiring American writers.
Fattoria del Colle and the medieval village of Trequanda are at the centre of one of the best Italian production districts for extra virgin olive oil.

 

TRACEABILITY OF THE OIL

The Olio Novo festa is an opportunity to learn something about the healthiest fruit on earth. In the Tracoil Conference I listened to Professor Stefano Loppi and Doctor Martina Grattacaso explain how the area of ​​origin leaves a trace in the oil that resembles a fingerprint. The parameters examined are three: the composition of the soil, the chemical analysis of the oil and the isotope ratios. The Valdichiana markers are calcium, nickel and strontium. As for fatty acids, the comparison between our extra virgin olive oil and Portuguese oil shows in the latter, the presence of many fatty acids in small quantities while the foreign sample highlights a smaller number of acids with higher concentrations. Overall, the study, which will soon be completed with the analysis of isotopes, shows how it is possible to trace the origin of the Valdichiana extra virgin olive oil, safeguarding it from those who pass off a foreign oil as Tuscan.

 

FATTORIA DEL COLLE A TREASURE CHEST OF VALUES TO PRESERVE

Tradition, history, nature, craftsmanship … Fattoria del Colle in the most panoramic and intact Tuscan countryside is dedicated to the preservation of these values

 

Orcia DOC Winery Fattoria del Colle

Orcia DOC Winery Fattoria del Colle

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini

As some people may already know, I am an art historian who has become a grape grower. For this reason  I take the liberty of writing a little note on the concept of conservation and restoration. It is a very ancient practice but until the mid-twentieth century the works of art – especially paintings and architecture – were integrated with ruined parts and “updated” with respect to the fashion. In other words, they were “embellished” but substantially falsified. Cesare Brandi was the father of modern restoration that must not << commit an artistic forgery or a historical forgery, and without erasing all traces of the passage of the work of art over time >> in other words, conservation must safeguard the integrity of the works.

 

RECIPES AND PEOPLE OF THE FATTORIA DEL COLLE RESTAURANT

I’m back again to talk to you about the Fattoria del Colle restaurant, introducing you to 2 people and 2 delicious recipes: ravioli stuffed with cheek and pork fillet with Brunello

 

Those who arrive at Fattoria del Colle know they will find a temple of the more rural Tuscan traditions. The restaurant also reflects this spirit.

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The interior room is decorated with a floral motif taken from the villa of Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s uncle and aunt in Chianti Classico. Here there is the fireplace and the breakfast buffet with homemade cakes and biscuits, typical cold cuts and pecorino cheese … the piece of furniture is the farmer’s old desk. The queen of farm breakfasts is Patrizia Guerri who every day prepares unbeatable doughnuts, pies and sponge cakes.

 

ALFREDO BIAGI, ROBERTA ARCHETTI AND PATRIZIA GUERRI

On the veranda of the restaurant, surrounded by greenery, is the room where guests generally dine by candlelight. Here there is a small collection of copper objects of the farming tradition: jugs, bowls, basins … The decor is more modern with padded chairs and white tablecloths but the dishes are handcrafted in  Montelupo Fiorentino inspired by those used in the countryside a century ago.
The dining room service is directed by Alfredo Biagi, AIS Sommelier of the Arezzo delegation since 2016. Alfredo is from Chianciano Terme where his family arrived at the end of the nineteenth century and experienced the golden age of this thermal wellness resort. His grandfather opened the first wine shop in Chianciano and his family managed hotels and restaurants. He himself directed Villa Nottola in Montepulciano for many years

 

FATTORIA DEL COLLE RESTAURANT

It is a “wine” restaurant because it overlooks the vineyards, bases its menu on tradition and  the great wines by Donatella Cinelli Colombini and it has two AIS Sommeliers

 

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Today and tomorrow, I will present to you the protagonists and the new recipes of the Fattoria del Colle Restaurant in Trequanda, in the most intact and panoramic Tuscan countryside. The restaurant is actually made up of two restaurants: the recently restored barn as a hall for banquets, conferences and parties, and the gourmet restaurant, which has existed since 1998. The latter is inside the hamlet where the farmers used to live and where today there are rooms and apartments for tourists. The restaurant is housed in the old ox stables and pigsty, although now, with the floral decorations on the walls and refined furnishings, it seems difficult to believe.

In summer, the internal rooms extend outwards into the terrace and romantic grove illuminated with small suspended light bulbs as in ancient peasant feasts. The grove and terrace above the cellar are in great demand for weddings and allow each couple to create a very personalized wedding party unlike any other. Every detail is thought out with care, even the lighting of the grove is designed by Philip Robinson – the English set designer of famous films such as “Four weddings and a funeral”.

In the menu of the Fattoria del Colle Restaurant we find the same mix of tradition, accuracy and creativity.

 

Il Drago e le 8 Colombe IGT Toscana Rosso 2019

Donatella Cinelli Colombini presents her Supertuscan Il Drago e le 8 Colombe, for the first time in organic version

 

2019 the harvest of the super Sangiovese, the year in which the bunches and berries of the king of Tuscany grape variety looked like Cabernet, the king of the Bordeaux vineyard.A dream of a harvest, with abundant, perfect grapes that were harvested by hand and then vinified in small vats where the must quickly took on a very intense colour.

Sangiovese 2019 grape harvest after 4 days

Sangiovese 2019 grape harvest after 4 days

The bunches of Sagrantino and Merlot, which also make up the blend of Il Drago e le 8 Colombe were also of the highest quality. Each grape variety was vinified separately but, to make the most of the richness of the 2019 grapes, all made a very long post fermentation maceration. For this reason the racking was postponed for a week – ten days for all types: Sangiovese, Merlot and Sagrantino.

There was also a small variation in the aging in cask compared to usual. When the wine was ready to be moved from the vats to the barrels, the Covid epidemic caused the first lockdown, forcing the cellar work to be slowed down. Too bad because precisely because of the superior quality of the vintage, the quantity of barrels purchased was greater than usual.

 

IL DRAGO E LE 8 COLOMBE: A WINE DEDICATED TO MEN FROM THE ALL-FEMALE WINERY

The cellars belonging to Donatella Cinelli Colombini, Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino and Fattoria del Colle, in Trequanda, where this wine is born, are the first in Italy with an entirely female staff. Il Drago e le 8 Colombe is dedicated to the only male present: Carlo Gardini, husband to Donatella and creator of small, highly awarded series of Passito and Vin Santo. He is the dragon mentioned in the name of the wine and surrounded by 8 doves: the consultant Valérie Lavigne, the oenologists Barbara, Sabrina, Giada and the cellar staff, the incoming and sales staff. An oenological gynoecium that is constantly growing in number.

 

SUPERTUSCAN – IGT TOSCANA IL DRAGO E LE 8 COLOMBE

Il Drago e le 8 Colombe is an “author’s wine” and does not belong to any denomination. This category arises from the need to express the creativity of wine makers without subjecting them to the rules of the Doc-Docg regulations. The name Supertuscan highlights the qualitative ambitions of the wines of this type which enjoy a great international prestige. Il Drago e le 8 Colombe contains three different grape varieties: Sangiovese, which gives the wine its elegance, Merlot (20%) which adds pleasantness and Sagrantino (20%) which increases the structure. All the grapes are grown, vinified, aged in cask, bottled and refined at Fattoria del Colle in compliance with the BIO (organic) rules.

 

Cenerentola Orcia Doc 2018

First certified BIO organic vintage of Doc Orcia Cenerentola for a year of giant stature. An intense, complex, velvety and impressive wine like a thick silk velvet, which reveals a superior consistency to the touch

 

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A surprising result in a surprising year that asked the winemakers for  all their commitment. In spring they also worked on Sundays to keep the grapes healthy from the attacks of downy mildew triggered by the alternation between  rain and very hot days. Even the flowering was disturbed by the perturbations causing the reduction in the size and number of the clusters.

 

THE CRAZY CLIMATE OF 2018 A YEAR OF INCESSIVE RAIN

The number of rainy days in 2018 is impressive: 16 in January, 16 in February, 20 in March, 11 in April and 18 in May. The amount of rain was also impressive. At the end of May, the Fattoria del Colle was also hit by a “water bomb” which flooded the historic cellar where the barrels are located. After mid-August, an icy perturbation arrived that whitened the mountains and stiffened the cells of the grape skins.

 

2018 VINTAGE BLESSED BY THE SUN OF SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER

Meteorologists had predicted a sunny September but after a summer with an umbrella no one believed them.

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Instead the sun came, giving a helping hand to the harvest. The vines were de-leafed in the “old way” and the calibre of the berries returned to normal and the accumulation of sugar gradually increased.
In Donatella Cinelli Colombini‘s vineyards we bet on the sun and decided to do a harvest like our “grandparents, as was the custom 50 years ago. We picked the least promising grapes first, leaving the best in the sun as long as possible. A heart-pounding situation because of the adverse weather forecasts which, fortunately, turned out to be wrong. The harvest proceeded in the sun. The rain came the day after the harvest ended. The quality of Cinderella 2018 is in our winemaker courage.

 

Exclusive wellness for two in the middle of the vineyards

Private spa for nature and wine lovers. Exclusively for those in love, an entire natural wellness area with massages and wine therapy for couples

 

Fattoria del Colle - massagges for couples with bio natural body treatment and Vinotherapy

Fattoria del Colle – massagges for couples with bio natural body treatment and Vinotherapy

It’s a new trend: a private spa where couples can go alone.

Every couple needs magical moments to build their own love story. Intimate places where you can feel at ease and let yourself go. Places designed for couples and capable of arousing emotions that will create memories.

 

PRIVATE SPA: NATURAL WELLNESS AREA FOR TWO

Fattoria del Colle massagges for couples and vinotherapy

Fattoria del Colle massagges for couples and vinotherapy

One of these places is the natural wellness area at Fattoria del Colle, in southern Tuscany, in front of the wonderful panorama of the Crete Senesi and Val d’Orcia. Surrounded by organically grown vineyards and olive groves. The Farm is like a small hamlet with the noble villa and the chapel dating back to 1592, the old farmhouses transformed into rooms and apartments for tourists, a restaurant, 3 swimming pools, cooking school, parks and the cellar for the production of Supertuscan, Chianti Superiore and Orcia Doc wines.

It offers those in love an exclusive wellness experience for couples specifically designed for those who love nature and great wines.

The wellness area is located on the premises in an area formerly used by the farm’s blacksmith. It is small but elegantly equipped with hammam, sauna, emotional showers, foot bath, jacuzzi and relaxation room. It can receive a maximum of 6 people at the same time or be reserved exclusively.

 

OFFER: VINTAGE 2018 – A SPECIAL SELECTION FOR EASTER

2018 vintage with the best wines produced at Fattoria del Colle in Tuscany: Cenerentola Doc Orcia, Supertuscan Il Drago e le 8 Colombe, Spumante Brut Rosè Metodo Classico

 

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For Easter lunch and to celebrate spring and moments of conviviality with friends, two red wines and even some bubbles!

A unique opportunity for friends of Donatella’s Club. Comparing three versions of the 2018 vintage from Fattoria del Colle including the exclusive preview of the Cenerentola Orcia DOC 2018:

– 2 bottles of Cenerentola Orcia Doc 2018 ORGANIC in preview
– 2 bottles of Supertuscan – IGT Toscana, Il Drago 2018, the last bottles
– 2 bottles of Classic Method Sparkling Wine 2018
– 1 volume “Toscana, terra di vini – Tuscany, land of wines” of the Regione Toscana with explanations on the Tuscan Denominations, and the vines used in our region.

 

SANGIOVESE PROTAGONIST, BUT ALSO AFFABLE PARTNER IN THIS OFFER

2 of the wines in this selection see the addition of other varieties to Sangiovese, varieties that bring structure and power.

Sangiovese at Fattoria del Colle grows in an area of ​​17 hectares with southwest exposure, with calcareous-clayey soils particularly rich in mineral micronutrients: ideal conditions to give the wines great polyphenolic content, depth and evolutionary potential.

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For those who do not already know the Fattoria del Colle, it has at its centre a sixteenth-century villa in an ancient hamlet transformed to accommodate tourists in rooms, apartments and villas, with three swimming pools, a restaurant, a banquet and conference room, the area for natural well-being, and the cooking school.

In the splendid cellar for Chianti Superiore, Supertuscan and Doc Orcia wines, a new room is dedicated to the Sangiovese vines, which is told through a video showing the vineyards in the 4 seasons and at 4 different times of the day.

 

Fattoria del Colle is waiting for you for Easter 2022

A program with 2 Tours with itinerant tastings, vertical tasting of 6 Brunello, lesson on typical cakes, photo safari for Easter 2022

 

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Fattoria del Colle reopens its doors for Easter. In the splendid scenery of the most intact Tuscany, where the great red wines for ageing are born, tourists will be able to live four days full of engaging and exciting experiences. Returning home, they will discover that they have learned so much about the history, the wines – Brunello, Orcia, Chianti Superiore, Supertuscan – the foods and even the traditional herbs of Tuscany.

 

EASTER 2022 AT FATTORIA DEL COLLE

The long Easter weekend – from Good Friday to Easter Monday – allows you to regenerate with “landscape therapy” BIO -organic vineyards and olive groves, three equipped parks, paths where you can go trekking or stop to enjoy views of extraordinary beauty.

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Tuscany-Fattoria-del-Colle-restaurant

The Fattoria del Colle is like a small rural hamlet with a chapel and a villa built in the 16th century surrounded by farmhouses. They have been transformed into apartments and rooms for tourists while maintaining the intimacy of the past thanks to the furnishings of authentic local antiques.
There is a restaurant, the old barn with the banquet hall, the cooking school and the natural wellness area where wellness lovers can enjoy massages and wine therapy for couples.

 

Donatella Cinelli Colombini, puts into practice new wine tourism

Donatella Cinelli Colombini, once again innovator, offers “tailor-made” wine experiences to satisfy the different types of wine tourists post-covid

 

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Wine-tourism-2022-Trekking-in-the-vineyards-Donatella-Cinelli-Colombini

WINE TOURISTS ARE NOT ALL THE SAME AND DO NOT ALL HAVE THE SAME DESIRES

Donatella Cinelli Colombini, who invented the Cantine Aperte event and teaches wine hospitality in  master courses, also knows that wine tourists are a small army made up of people with different profiles and expectations: there are those who are just intrigued, true enthusiasts and Brunello lovers , there are the insatiable eager for extraordinary exclusivity, but there is also those who want to spend their free time learning in a playful way. Wine tourists have changed compared to 2019, when no one knew about Covid, and above all they now want different things. Today, those who arrive in the wine territories are hunting  foe emotions and  want to immerse themselves in a pesticide-free countryside, cultivated by those who are passionate, traditionalists but also willing to share.

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Wine-tourism-2022-Casato-Prime-Donne-winery-in-Montalcino

<< To this diversified multitude the vast majority of Italian wineries offer only one type of experience: visit between vats and barrels with an explanation of the production processes and tasting >> says Donatella << This is wrong>>.

 

FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE: 4 EXPERIENCES FOR TOURISTS IN BRUNELLO

Here Cinelli Colombini moves from theory to practice and instead of just writing manuals on wine tourism, has decided to lead by example by designing 8 experiences for visitors in her wineries Casato Prime Donne in Brunello and Fattoria del Colle, in Chianti and in the Doc Orcia. Many of the tastings are accompanied by small samples of pecorino, extra virgin olive oil from the farm and unsalted Tuscan bread, therefore without salt.
4 proposals for those who arrive in Montalcino driven by different curiosities: some know little or nothing about wine and know Brunello almost only by hearsay. In this case, there is a simpler experience at a lower price. Then there are two proposals for wine lovers always looking for new emotions and new knowledge about Brunello: the first more focused on tasting – from the barrel to the great vintages – the second more unusual was studied by the Sommelier musician Igor Vazzaz, an itinerant tasting associated with music. Finally, there is something truly unique where Donatella has decided to personally participate. It includes the tasting of her most exclusive limited-edition Brunello, accompanied by cheeses that have won international awards.

 

Wedding among the Tuscan vineyards

The informal elegance of the Tuscan countryside for those who dream of a unique wedding enlivened by great wines. At the Fattoria del Colle: history, nature and joy

 

 

by Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Getting married in Tuscany, among the Chianti and Orcia DOC organic vineyards, in the “most beautiful wine in the world”. In front of the wonderful landscape of the Crete Senesi and Valdorcia. It looks like a movie, but instead it’s reality.

In a 16th century farm that has remained intact over time, with historic gardens, monumental halls, winery and restaurant. Almost a small rural hamlet where the old farmhouses have been transformed into rooms and apartments for tourists (106 beds) and are furnished with authentic antiques that transmit warmth and intimacy.

 

WEDDING AMONG THE VINEYARDS FOR THOSE WHO LOVE NATURE, HISTORY AND FINE WINES

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The wedding at Fattoria del Colle is for those who love nature and fine wines. For those who want  a romantic and Tuscan-style wedding party. For those who want  something elegant and informal at the same time,  where everyone is comfortable.

For those who love the taste of typical cuisine but also refined things and then want to dance, go wild or let themselves be lulled by the magic of summer nights in the countryside ….
In the summer of 2022 some midweek dates are still available while the 2023 calendar is almost entirely empty. Obviously the weddings organized from Monday to Thursday have the advantage of a lower cost (10% or more off both the party and overnight stays). Not a bad choice, Donatella Cinelli Colombini got married on Thursday too!

 

CIVIL, SYMBOLIC OR RELIGIOUS BUT NOT CATHOLIC WEDDINGS

At the Fattoria del Colle civil ceremonies, non-Catholic religious rites and symbolic ceremonies are possible.

OFFER: MIX OF FLAGSHIP WINES

For our wine loving friends  a special selection from our two wineries and an exclusive online tasting with Donatella and Violante Cinelli Colombini

 

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BRUNELLO 2015, SUPERTUSCAN IL DRAGO E LE 8 COLOMBE 2018 AND OUR ORCIA DOC LEONE ROSSO 2019 AT HOME

For relaxing moments at home, for those who love to experiment with dishes from all over the world and even mix and serve them during same dinner. For those who have fun and get excited by combining foods and wines from different cultures.
To these wine lovers we offer a 6-bottle carton with three family wines from Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s vineyards and matured in her cellars at Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino and Fattoria del Colle in southern Chianti in Tuscany. The carton will arrive directly at your home.

 

We propose again the Brunello di Montalcino 2015 by Casato Prime Donne, a 5-star vintage, more ready to open now, for an evening with friends or for a romantic dinner for two. An extraordinary vintage that was celebrated even before going on the market, and where the climatic trend shows the characteristics of the best Brunello vintages. The international press awarded this wine with excellent ratings:
• “TRE BICCHIERI” Vini d’Italia 2021 – Gambero Rosso
• 95 James Suckling
• 94 Wine Spectator
• 94 Wine Advocate – Robert Parker
• 93 Decanter
• 92 Wine Enthusiast
• 90+ Vinous – Antonio Galloni

 

Il Drago e le 8 Colombe 2018 instead comes from the Fattoria del Colle where three varieties are used with creativity and produce a true IGT Toscana “signature wine”. Yes, it is dedicated to the all-female staff of our cellars, the 8 doves, but giving an important role to Carlo Gardini, the dragon, Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s husband, the only man who can have his say in the cellar!

 

The Leone Rosso Doc Orcia 2019 wine, a real preview, is dedicated to the ancestors of the owner who built the Fattoria del Colle and who had a rampant lion on their coat of arms. The grapes for the Leone Rosso Doc Orcia are born right here. This is a memorable harvest. Rated 5 stars for the perfect quality of the grapes.

 

4 new experiences for visitors, wine lovers and true experts

Visits with wine tasting and more, proposals that entertain and teach in an unusual and new way at the wine destination Fattoria del Colle

 

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Those who are tired of going to the cellars and being told about the wine production process should come to the Fattoria del Colle and will discover a wine destination with 400 years of history that makes you live exciting experiences and transfers knowledge in a fun way, for the sole fact of being in and touching them.

 

NEW DIVERSIFIED WINE EXPERIENCES FOR TOURISTS AND WINE LOVERS

Fattoria del Colle is in the Southern Tuscany, 18 km from the A1 Valdichiana motorway exit. It produces Chianti Superiore and Doc Orcia wines and, together with the Montalcino winery Casato Prime Donne, is owned by Donatella Cinelli Colombini.

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It is therefore the great wine for cellaring that is the protagonist of 4 different tourist proposals designed for those who love the Tuscan countryside and want to discover its roots. Or, for those who are passionate about wine and want to try their hand at experiences different from those proposed by other wineries, they can create their own Supertuscan. Finally, for super wine lovers, a full immersion in the history, cultivation and specificity of Sangiovese with a two-hour lesson held by Wset teachers or professional Sommeliers together with educational visits and guided tastings.

 

FOR LOVERS OF THE COUNTRYSIDE, WINE LOVERS AND FOR GREAT CONNOISSEURS 4 TAILOR-MADE PROPOSALS

All framed by olive groves and vineyards in the most beautiful countryside in the world and with the opportunity to meet the 3 wine makers of the all-female staff of Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s cellars. A lot of tradition and a lot of contagious passion for the great Brunello, Chianti, Supertuscan and Orcia wines.

For information and bookings click on: https://www.cinellicolombini.it/en/tuscany-wine-destination

 

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

 

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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 ORGANIC EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL OF THE FATTORIA DEL COLLE

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.

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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.

 

EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL FOR CHILDREN

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.

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<<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.

 

3 YEARS WORK TO CREATE THE NEW SPUMANTE ROSE’

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.

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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.

 

TECHNICAL SHEET OF THE SPARKLING WINE BRUT ROSE’ 2018

TYPE: Sparkling Rosé Classic Method Brut
VINTAGE: 2018