The dream of producing great wines comes true. Donatella Cinelli Colombini tells of the difficult beginning and the slow creation of a brand with a strong identity
1998-2002 HEROIC YEARS
20 hectares of old vineyard and 5 hectares of new planting on an excavation that unfortunately will have many problems and a short life.
There are no cellars and the wine is held part at the Fattoria dei Barbi and part of it in spaces rented from producer friends.
The production of wine begins with a “dowry” of the future Brunello 1993, 94, 95, 96 and 97
The “Donatella Cinelli Colombini” brand is created, along with the logo and labels of the first wines. The Prime Donne project is born with the winery managed by a female staff, the Brunello selected by a group of female tasters and the Casato Prime Donne award dedicated to the new female role in society and work.
In 2001 the winery of the Fattoria del Colle was inaugurated
In 2002 the Casato Prime Donne winery was inaugurated
Planting of the new vineyards begins: Cenerentola and Pieve at Fattoria del Colle, Ardita and Pero at Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino
Experimentation of the native Foglia Tonda vine starting from 400 grafts from the vitarium of the Regione Toscana
The vines are cultivated in a conventional way, in the cellar there are barrels and barriques. The oenologists are initially Luigino Casagrande and then Fabrizio Ciufoli.