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#ledonnedelvinoconvoi and Project Ganbei

Project Gambei from friends of italian wine in China to Italian hospitals. #ledonnedelinoconvoi , virtual wine tourism for winelovers imprisoned home.

Project Ganbei dagli amici del vino italiano in Cina agli ospedali italiani

Project Ganbei  

Virtual wine tourism to travel with imagination waiting to be able to really do it. This is what the 900 Donne del Vino (Women of Wine) from all the Italian regions who are flooding the internet with images of their wineries and vineyards propose. Many videos of less than a minute, connected by the hashtag ledonnedelvinoconvoi who want to encourage those who are locked in their homes during the coronavirus epidemic.
Videos that convey passion for their work but especially the courage of women with a fighting spirit who are not willing to bend to the difficulties created by the epidemic. Testimonies, real, direct, of everyday life, made in a craft way by the same protagonists who speak in first person and perhaps, for this, emotional.


Propose a virtual “escape” in the world of wine to winelovers who normally, with spring, arrived in the cellars, wine bars, restaurants with the intention of discovering great wines … And instead this year they have to stay home. A postponed appointment say the Women of Wine with confident look towards the future:”Do not give up and stay at home, we are with you and we are waiting for you soon!”

Rosso di Montalcino DOC 2018 Bio directly on your doorstep

From the cellar of Montalcino, directly to your door a Rosso di Montalcino BIO preview. Special price for #iobevoacasa #iorestoacasa

Stay at home, we will deliver an extraordinary wine, our first Rosso di Montalcino organic. It’s a preview, for this, we ask you to make special the moment you bring it to the table. Take a picture and post it with the tags #donatellacinellicolombini #iobevoacasa #iorestoacasa. This will help us to become more united and stronger in this moment sharing a beautiful experience.

Rosso di Montalcino 2018 BIO di Donatella Cinelli Colombni #iobevoacasa #iostappoacasa

Rosso di Montalcino 2018 BIO di Donatella Cinelli Colombini  #Idrinkathome #iobevoacasa #iostappoacasa


You will receive a box of 6 bottles of 0.75 Cl directly at your front door. Now more than ever is the time to stay in our homes but without renouncing to the plesure of great wines to be enjoyed with the family, to bring to the table a sign of hope and love for life. Come on, everything will be fine!
Offer valid until 30 March 2020
Special price of € 97,00 (+ shipping in Italy of 16€) instead of € 108,00.
ONLY FOR DONATELLA CLUB MEMBERS Free shipping in Italy and discount of € 10.00 on transport costs abroad
Payment by bank transfer or credit card Visa or Mastercard
To order wine, write an email to vino@cinellicolombini.it or call 0039 0577 662108


Rosso di Montalcino 2018 BIO di Donatella Cinelli Colombini #iostappoacasa

Rosso di Montalcino 2018 BIO di Donatella Cinelli Colombini  #Idrinkathome #iostappoacasa

Produced entirely with Sangiovese grapes from the same vineyards with wich Brunello is produced, in the territory of Montalcino, considered the best in the world for the cultivation of this historic grape.
We love our land and that is why from 2018 all our wines will have on their label the BIO ( organic) symbol of the green leaf, synonymous of attention and respect for nature!


Rosso di Montalcino is a family wine produced by Casato Prime Donne, which for over 400 years belonged to the family of Donatella Cinelli Colombini. The winery is the first in Italy with an only female staff and currently employes 3 enologists, the senior, Barbara and two young ones, Sabrina and Giada. This shows a huge commitment in achieving ever higher quality. In addition, there is the project to bring Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino back to their original characteristics from 1970-1980: elegance, freshness and drinkability.
This is a young but important wine, which often scores over 90/100 by the wine critics of the leading foreign specialized press.


Rosso Montalcino 2018 Biologico

Rosso di Montalcino 2018 Cinelli Colombini

Rosso di Montalcino 2018 is a small masterpiece able to excite those who drink it: rich in intriguing scents such as cherry, raspberries with floral notes of violet. It is a harmonious wine with silky tannins, well balanced with a nice structure thanks to the months of aging in French oak.

Minerality in wine: between terroir and marketing abuse

Minerality is a correct concept to describe the wine of certain terroir and becomes pure marketing elsewhere. But do we really need to understand its origin?

Mineralità del vino Riesling della Mosella

Minerality in riesling wines from Mosel

by Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Leone Zot wrote a wonderful post for Intravino on minerality in wine. The beginning is very technical with the explanation of how the brain processes what the senses perceive.

Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s Rosso di Montalcino 2018

Rosso Montalcino 2018 Biologico

Rosso di Montalcino 2018 Cinelli Colombini

The first Organic Rosso di Montalcino of Casato Prime Donne, the Montalcino winery of  Donatella Cinelli Colombini puts the green leaf on the label

Story of the 2018 Rosso di Montalcino vintage

The 2018 harvest has given wines rich in aromas thanks to the strong difference in temperature between night and the day, in September, consequently during the last stage of maturation.
That of 2018 was a harvest with few grapes and required real courage to wait to harvest after the grape skins had softened and so becoming able to yield to the must the noble substances: the polyphenols.

In fact, in 2018 the weather forecast promised rain and hail. If the storms had really arrived, they would have ruined the bunches. Donatella and her winemakers have bet on the sun and thus faced the challenge by taking into the cellar only wonderful grapes.

Novelty in 2018

For the first time, in 2018, we have resumed an ancient habit of the Montalcino winemakers, the grapes have been selected in the vineyard by harvesting only those with the same level of ripening. This allowed to vinify in each vat grapes with homogeneous characters. Obviously the work of the winemakers has become slower and they have returned more than once in the same vineyards always choosing the grapes.
Above all the advantage of this type of selective harvesting is to have the perfect grapes for both Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino.

USA duties to which wines do they do most harm?

How much and on which Italian wines could US duties do us most harm? In percentage terms on white wines but the absolute terms on red Tuscan PDOs


By Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Are the great Tuscan reds, Brunello, Bolgheri and Chianti Classico the ones that would come out with broken bones if Trump put import duties? Probably they are.


An analysis made by Corriere Vinicolo draws the geography of the possible disaster, keeping in mind that after October 2019, that is after the application of the duties, it seems French wines lost 36% of their business to the USA, although Champagne and great reds were exempt from the tax. Such a backlash  in  purchases that perhaps the income of the American treasury has been negative even with respect to the past. Apparently the real effect of the duties was not the recovery of the money paid to the Airbus Consortium, which according to Trump brought Boeing to its knees (as if the 737 Boeing did not fall) but to terrorize European governments and create a veritable chaos in the US distribution system of importers, distributors and retailers.

The land of Sangiovese: Chianti Classico and Montalcino

The nature of the soil gives a specific sensory character to the wine, so understanding the soil is crucial to understand the most variable vine: Sangiovese. Today we talk about the land of Sangiovese: Chianti Classico and Montalcino

by Donatella Cinelli Colombini

It is well known that Sangiovese has the highest number of clones (108) and the greatest variability. In short, it is a mutant grape variety which is best expressed in two areas: Chianti Classico and Montalcino.

Very small selection of extraordinary Vin Santo

A very small selection of extraordinary Vin Santo

Just 350 small bottles of Vin Santo del Chianti 2007 produced by Fattoria del Colle with artisan care. A very very small selection of extraordinary Vin Santo


Jewels for true enthusiasts who, with the previous vintage, have obtained prestigious international awards such as 95/100 by Robert Parker/ Wine advocate.
The Vin Santo DOC Chianti is the most prestigious and successful result of the project on dessert wines wanted by Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s husband, Carlo Gardini. Donatella does not drink sweet wines and had strongly reduced their production at Fattoria del Colle although this winery, located in the south of Chianti, had a centuries-old tradition of Vin Santo. Carlo is instead a fan of sweet whites and has dedicated time and energy to create small selections of signature wine handcrafted in detail. It includes the Passito, the Vin Santo and the prestigious Vin Santo selection we are talking about.

Maturation of wine in cask, “Italian style”

With the rise in temperatures and the consequences in the vineyard and cellar, it becomes urgent to rethink the barrels and the Maturation of wine in cask, “Italian style”


barrels tonneaux Montalcino CasatoPrimeDonne

by Donatella Cinelli Colombini

For what regards the maturation of wine in cask, “Italian style”, we go from one exaggeration to another. After  years of wines with too much wood we went to the fashion of no oak at all.

To understand which is the right way the Italian Union of Wines through the Wine Corriere has organized a survey and then a conference during the exhibition in Milan.


The results were intriguing, stimulating and even a little embarrassing.

In fact there is a fundamental contradiction: the consumer says he appreciates one type of wine but then he buys another. He thinks he prefers dry wines but then he is more happy to put in the glass those with residual sugar. He claims to hate barriques and “Parker style” wine but then chooses the one with an oak imprint to which he is accustomed.
Contradiction that, from my experience, also affects many tasters formed in the era of late 20th century style wines.
This is not a small problem especially for wines with long aging in cask like Brunello.

Vin Santo del Chianti 2008 Fattoria del Colle

Donatella Cinelli Colombini presents her Vin Santo del Chianti 2008 Fattoria del Colle aged in caratelli for eleven years .

A small selection of very few bottles for lovers of sweet wines

First of all Vin Santo is part of the history of Tuscany. In ancient times all the noble families had caratelli (small barrels) in which the Vin Santo aged in the attic of their Villas. Vin Santo was always served at important banquets .
We do not know when the production of this sweet golden and refined wine was born, it surely existed already in Siena in the fourteenth century. But it was precisely during a banquet that the Vin Santo ceased to be called “vino pretto” that means pure and took on its present name.

The legend

According to legend, this happened in 1439 after the Council of Florence. That meeting was attended by the Greek Cardinal Giovanni Bessarione who, tasting it, exclaimed “this is the wine of Xantos! ” in reference to the island where sweet wines were produced at the time particularly appreciated. Hence, since then xantos wine became  Vin Santo and the name  remained to indicate the delicious Tuscan nectar.

Fattoria del Colle too, has its vinsantaia, it is  in the attic of the sixteenth-century villa. So, crossing the winery and climbing a staircase you can reach the attic where in winter it is very cold and in summer it is very hot. Here are the small barrels  in which the golden liquid, squeezed from the dried grapes, remains to ripen for over ten years.
Last year the Vin Santo del Chianti of Fattoria del Colle received 93/100 from Robert Parker/Wine advocate. A success that we hope will be repeated in the future.
We recommend not to dip cookies in Vin Santo. It is a popular practice very widespread in Tuscany but absolutely harmful because it alters the aroma and taste of the wine.

Enough antidepressants, drink a drop of wine!

The resveratrol contained mostly in red wines helps fight stress and maybe there is a connection between the decrease in wine consumption and increase of use of antidepressants


Dinner with friends

Dinner with friends

Read for you by Donatella Cinelli Colombini


The experiment was carried out on mice forced to live with another mouse, a bully and very aggressive, so this is only a preliminary phase of the study, but it confirms what everyone suspected: there is a connection between the tonic effect of a daily small amount of wine and the “better life” in society, in the family and even at work. There is a proverb in Italy that  says that wine is the milk for the elderly, well it actually indicated the beneficial effect of a couple of glasses of wine, maybe had at the bar with friends, for those who have to put up with aches and pains and the loss of a social role, feelings common in the elderly.


Bevute d'altri tempi 2008 - olio su tela

Bevute d’altri tempi 2008 – olio su tela

Susan Wood’s studies, professor at the  University of South Carolina School of Medicine and published in the college magazine, regards the antidepressant and anti-inflammatory effects of resveratrol, and seem to confirm the ironic quote by Denis Saverot editor of the “La Revue du Vin de France << The village bars are gone, replaced by a pharmacy>>.

A tour in a winery in Tuscany to discover traditions

I would have never thought that some of the old traditions I have discovered during my working experience at Fattoria del Colle were the same I already knew and grew up with. It has simply been a rediscovery.I was born in Chiusi, a small village located on the border between Tuscany and Umbria, south of Siena. It is an old town with Etruscan origins surrounded by countryside and small lakes.I have always wished to leave the countryside, and sometimes I did, to look for different spaces, different ways of living and views. Always very nice![caption id="attachment_7467" align="alignleft" width="298" caption="the kitchen...