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GREEN HOLIDAYS AT FATTORIA DEL COLLE

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

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 ….

 

VEGETABLE GARDEN WITH WILD TUSCAN HERBS

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 ….

 

WINE DESTINATION: IMMERSIVE ROOM WITH THE 4 SEASONS IN THE VINEYARD

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.

 

A CELLAR THAT RESEMBLES A WOOD WITH BOTTLES INSIDE

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”.

 

DESCRIPTION OF THE ROSA DI TETTO IGT 2019

TYPE: rosé
PRODUCTION AREA: Tuscany, Trequanda, Fattoria del Colle, Cenerentola vineyard.
CLASSIFICATION: IGT Toscana Rosato
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 NAME IL DRAGO E LE 8 COLOMBE

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.

 

IL DRAGO E LE 8 COLOMBE 2018

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.

 

SANCHIMENTO A BIO SUPERTUSCAN

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.

 

FRANCESCA COLOMBINI IN MONTALCINO IN THE BOOK “IL VINO FA LE GAMBE BELLE” (WINE MAKES FOR BEAUTIFUL LEGS)

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.

 

GIOVANNI AND FRANCESCA COLOMBINI AT FATTORIA DEI BARBI

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.

 

THE END OF 2020 THE COVID 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.

 

THE FINAL BALANCE OF 2020: WINE WENT WELL, TOURISM NOT SO GOOD

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.

6 VINEYARD ANIMALS

Let’s start from an article by Lucy Shaw for The Drinks Business regarding 10 animals mostly used in the vineyards around the world, and then I will propose my 6 vineyard animals for  Italian wineries

 

Vineyard Animals: bees in Montalcino at Villa I Cipressi - Hubert Ciacci

Vineyard Animals: bees in Montalcino at Villa I Cipressi – Hubert Ciacci

by Donatella Cinelli Colombini

The English portal as always is a source of inspiration, I advise you to consult it often. The Drinks Business proposes 10 animals that, somewhere around the world, help mankind to keep the vineyards in perfect equilibrium.

In succession find geese, bats, Babydoll sheep, dogs, pigs, horses and mules, bees, armadillos, birds of prey and chicken.
Let’s ignore the bats, that after gifting us with the Corona virus I find even more off-putting. I feel it is best not to help them proliferate and most of all keep them away from human beings.
Dog too I fear are not a good idea. In Spain they use terriers to hunt the mice and rats. Here we could use the Maremma Sheepdogs to scare off wild boar and roebuck. The only problem is the aggressiveness of these dogs, which without a fence, might also attack people. But, once fenced off the vineyards it would be useless to get a dog to protect the grapes as the ungulates wouldn’t be able to get in anyway.

Vineyards Animals - geese

Vineyard Animals – geese

We shall also exclude pigs. In Australia they use a spurred cordon method that keeps the plant high so the small Kunekune pigs cannot reach the grapes, but the Italian breeds of pigs would be perfectly able to reach them. Regarding the armadillos, we shall not even consider them, apart from the problem in finding them; they also like to eat grapes.

So here is my list of 6 animals for the Italian vineyards:

 

GEESE IN THE VINEYARDS

In Chile the Cono Sur winery has geese and in total 1.000 birds in the vineyards to eat the parasites.

 

TRIUMPH OF THE NEW OLIVE OIL

The sale of 2020 extra virgin olive oil begins at Fattoria del Colle: 2 monocultivars from Moraiolo and Correggiolo and a mix of both varieties

 

Soup and extra virgin olive oil Fattoria del Colle

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2020 is an amazing olive harvest for quality and quantity.
Many small olives that in fact gave a low yield, consequently a transformation into oil of around 10%. The 2020 extra virgin olive oil has a heady fruity aroma (tomato, artichoke, mown grass) scent and excellent taste quality.

 

OILS FROM FATTORIA DEL COLLE: 2 MONOCULTIVAR AND A MIX

0,75 lt bottles of Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2020 Fattoria del Colle, 19,50€
BIO and DOP Terre di Siena as soon as the certifications arrive
0,50 lt bottles of Moraiolo, Extra Virgin Olive Oil monocultivar 2020 from Fattoria del Colle 17,50€
0,50 lt bottles of Correggiolo, Extra Virgin Olive Oil monocultivar 2020 from Fattoria del Colle 17,50€
5 lt can of Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Fattoria del Colle 95,50€

Those who wish to buy some oil can come to Fattoria del Colle or order and have it shipped home sending an email to vino@cinellicolombini.it
Shipping in Italy for a carton of 6 bottles costs 16€.

 

THE ORGANIC OLIVE GROVES AT THE FATTORIA DEL COLLE

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Fattoria del Colle has 6 hectares of olive groves with the moraiolo and correggiolo (frantoio) varieties.
It is one of the best known and most appreciated areas of Tuscany for olive growing: high ventilated hills with sandy soil where olive trees have been cultivated for over 2000 years.
In this uncontaminated environment chemicals are never used on the olive trees simply because there is no need, given that the perfidious oil fly, which lays its eggs inside the olives, has only arrived in the area once in 20 years. Nature does everything by itself, asking man only to prune the trees and clean the soil. The BIO certification and the DOP stamp are requested only for the mixed variety oil made more in abundant quantity and allows for the printing of new labels as soon as the certifications arrive. Because of the Covid pandemic these could arrive very late this year.
Harvesting is manual, with the use of small rakes that replace hands during “stripping”. They are used by men while women recover the olives from the nets stretched under the olive trees. In the evening the crates full of olives arrive at the mill and the next day the extra virgin olive oil returns to fill the “orciaia”  at Fattoria del Colle filling it with its aroma.

 

THE MILL WHERE OLIVES BECOME EVO OIL

Donatella Cinelli Colombini has chosen the Sant’Angelo di Castelmuzio oil mill, a few kilometres from the Fattoria del Colle, to produce her extra virgin olive oil. The master miller Paolo Bindi uses his Pieralisi oil mill with a gentle touch, slowly and at a low temperature (less than 27 °C) to preserve the fragrance of the fruit and its healthy virtues.
Fattoria del Colle produces monocultivar extra virgin olive oil Moraiolo, Correggiolo (Frantoio variety) and, in greater quantities, an EVO oil mixed with the two varieties together for which the DOP Terre di Siena certification is requested. A certificate that generally arrives a few months after harvesting.

 

CLUB OFFER: Brunello Riserva 2012 and 2013 with Vin Santo del Chianti

Fine wines to celebrate the festive season: four Brunello Riserva from two excellent vintages to be matched with roast meats or aged cheeses and, some Vin Santo del Chianti for the dessert!

 

Brunello Riserva 2012 and 2013 with Vin Santo del Chianti 2008 - Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Brunello Riserva 2012 and 2013 with Vin Santo del Chianti 2008 – Donatella Cinelli Colombini

An elegant wooden box full of important bottles to celebrate the festivities: two Brunello Riserva 2012 and two Brunello Riserva 2013 and two bottles of Vin Santo 2008

 

FESTIVE SEASON WINE CRATE

FOR MEMBERS OF DONATELLA’S CLUB

SPECIAL PRICE of 329€ (instead of 380€)  including wooden crate and free shipping in Italy or with a 20,00 Euro discount abroad

 

FOR THOSE NOT YET MEMBERS OF DONATELLA’S CLUB

PRICE of 357€ (instead of 380€) including wooden crate and free shipping in Italy or 20,00 Euro discount for shipping abroad

 

HOW TO ORDER AND PAY

To order the wine send an email to vino@cinellicolombini.it
Payment via bank draft or Visa and MasterCard.

DURATION OF THE OFFER

This offer finishes on November 17th, 2020

 

Tuscan Onion Soup

There are two versions of the Tuscan onion soup. I prefer the one that comes from Arcidosso a sort of forefather of the “acqua cotta”, but of course there is also the Carabaccia

 

By Donatella Cinelli Colombini

 

It must be said the best Tuscan onion comes from Certaldo; it has a delicious taste and is more easily digestible with respect to normal onions. The Carabaccia is practically homage to the Certaldo onion but those of us from Montalcino are bonded to Monte Amiata, the volcano from which the soils in our vineyards come from. So the zuppa di cipolle from Arcidosso is my favourite. A medieval soup from which the acqua cotta soup descends. In the original version it is prepared with strigoli, a type of wild grass usually found in the chestnut woods on the Amiata but we will use the more domestic and easily found spinach.

 

INGREDIENTS FOR THE AMIATINA ONION SOUP

For 4 people

 

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Ingredients-onion-soup-Fattoria-Del-Colle-Tuscany

BROTH: one small onion, one carrot, one stick of celery, one ripe tomato, black pepper and salt

 

SOUP: 5 onions, one stick of celery, 500 g of spinach, 500 g of ripe tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, 300 g of ricotta, salt, chili pepper, toasted unsalted bread.

 

PREPARATION OF THE AMIATINA ONION SOUP

Prepare the broth by putting in a pan, the washed and roughly diced celery, carrot, onion and tomato, covered with two litres of water. Salt and bring to the boil, simmer for a couple of hours over a low flame.
To prepare the soup: parboil and peel the tomatoes. Wash and chop the carrots, and onions, and celery and stir fry in a pan. Add salt and chili pepper. Wash the spinach and put them in the pan once the mixture is dry. Shortly after add the peeled tomatoes roughly chopped. Continue to cook over a low flame for about an hour, with the help of the vegetable broth.

Cenerentola Orcia Doc 2017 DONATELLA CINELLI COLOMBINI

2017: the most Mediterranean harvest ever in Tuscany that has produced very sensual wines that are warm, powerful and able to give their best in youth, Cenerentola Doc Orcia is one of these.

 

THE 2017 CENERENTOLA DOC ORCIA HARVEST

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Cenerentola-DOC-Orcia-Sangiovese-and-Foglia-Tonda-grapes-variety

This wine comes from the maddest vintage since the beginning of the century: at the end of April there was a spring frost that hit the whole of Europe. Our hills remained miraculously unharmed while in Spain or Sicily the young buds on the vines were burned.
But another danger was in stall: after a winter with few showers an African summer began, that at the beginning of August made the thermometers rise to 40°C. Bushes, hedges, streams without water and hoards of thirsty wild boar that ate the grapes still unripe to quench their thirst.
Those, who like us, practice an organic regime in agriculture, have had less problems of hydro stress in the vineyards because the vines, solicited to react spontaneously to the climate, have maintained an equilibrium abandoning part of the clusters that remained green and were later removed.
At the end the 2017 harvest has been the scarcest ever.
While the Sangiovese, main Tuscan variety, has suffered thirst and heat, the Foglia Tonda a local rare variety, carried out one of its best performances.

 

CINDERELLA FROM THE FAIRYTALE TO THE WINE

However there is a reason for this funny name, it is the similarity between the Cinderella fairytale and the Orcia Doc wine region. This appellation was born in 2000 among the high hills between the Brunello di Montalcino and Nobile di Montalcino wine regions. It would seem an adverse situation with two stepsisters who are older and more famous and who get invited to royal banquets, while the young Orcia DOC gets ignored. But this situation is one that also incites to combactivity and creativity.
So , in conclusion, with a lot of courage and a pinch of magic the Doc Orcia region challenges the sisters.

WHITE TRUFFLE WEEKEND IN TUSCANY

We shall be waiting for you at Fattoria del Colle to hunt for, to cook and to taste the white Crete Senesi truffle during All Saints weekend

 

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White-Crete-Senesi-truffle-weekend-to-hunt-for-and-to-taste-it

From Friday October 30th to Sunday November 1st, three days (two nights) during the foliage, white truffle and extra virgin olive oil period in Tuscany where Brunello and other fine red wines are made. To stay at Fattoria del Colle amidst the vineyards, to dine with local traditional dishes, to hunt for truffles with truffle hunters and their dogs and then learn how to prepare them. As well as visiting the vineyards and (partially) the wineries, taste the fine red wines and finally dine with the truffles, so aromatic and maybe even a little aphrodisiacal!

 

WHITE TRUFFLE WEEKEND PROPOSAL AT FATTORIA DEL COLLE

  • 2 nights in double bedroom with bathroom at Fattoria del Colle
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    White-truffle-hunt-at-Fattoria-del-Colle

  • 2 breakfasts with cold cuts, cheeses and traditional cakes, coffee, milk, juices and yogurt
  • Hunting with truffle hunters and their dogs
  • Brief cookery lesson on truffles with the Fattoria del Colle chef Doriana Marchi
  • Guided tour of the vineyards and partial tour of the Brunello winery Casato Prime Donne with an informal wine tasting
  • Guided tour of Fattoria del Colle with itinerant tasting of three wines

 

THE BEAUTY OF AUTUMN IN THE TUSCAN COUNTRYSIDE

Autumn is the foliage moment, when the vineyards and the woods change colour transforming the Valdorcia and the Crete Senesi into a fairytale scenario: This is maybe the moment that the countryside is at its best. Ideal for hiking and for photography safaris, regenerating the body and mind.

The pleasures of the table are also of high level in autumn, because long evenings allow us to slowly enjoy the most gluttonous pleasures .Fattoria del Colle is in fact in the area of the Crete Senesi where the white truffle comes from as well as where one of the best Tuscan extra virgin olive oils is made. Last but not least: fine red wines: Brunello coming from the Casato Prime Donne winery in Montalcino that belongs to the same owner, Chianti Superiore and the Doc Orcia produced from the vineyards around the estate.