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Cantine aperte remembering Leonardo da Vinci

Cantine aperte remembering Leonardo da Vinci

Cantine Aperte 2019, Wine day at Casato Prime Donne proposes a candlelit itinerary with music, food from the times of Leonardo and great Brunello and Chianti wines


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In the Casato Prime Donne winery lit with chandeliers, listening to music from the late 15th century with a glass of Brunello in hand and some food from renaissance times. Donatella Cinelli Colombini wishes to dedicate Cantine Aperte 2019, in her winery in Montalcino to the Tuscan genius Leonardo da Vinci this year, 500 years since his death.

Leonardo had a vineyard in Milan not far from Santa Maria delle Grazie where he painted the Cenacle. In 1515 he wrote the rules for the correct way to produce wine and gave wine practically a spiritual role  “Il vino, il divino licore dell’uva” . To Leonardo have been attributed the idea of the decanter and of the air lock to stop wine and air meeting in the barrels.



<<This itinerary is through the cellar, candlelit, and with tastings of great wines, music, and simple food that recall Renaissance times and will be fun even though it is based on solid cultural basis >> says Violante Gardini,  Cinellicolombini Jr who guides the Movimento del turismo del vino della Toscana and organizes the day dedicated to wine tourism in the whole region.

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Guided tastings at 11 am, 1pm, 3pm and 5 pm must be booked previously at the following number 0577 849421 (18€ per person for the 4 guided tastings at fixed times and then some informal tours with quick tastings from 11 am to 6 pm).

At the Entrance guests receive a glass and a candle with the request to turn down the volume of their phones so as to enjoy fully the audio, visual and flavour sensations that recall the Renaissance. First stop in the fermentation area in the medieval atmosphere with the screening of images – Chianti Superiore will be served with home baked bread dressed with 2018 extra virgin olive oil.




Guests will light their candles and enter the barrel ageing area where there will be chandeliers. Three candlelit stops listening to music form the 16th century accompanied by the tasting of Rosso di Montalcino with pecorino cheese and fave beans, Doc Orcia Cenerentola with home baked savoury schiacciata and Brunello with Cinta Senese Prosciutto. Between one stop and the other explanations regarding Brunello and Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s wineries, the first in Italy to be all female staffed



Località Casato 17 – 53024 Montalcino (SI) – Italy

Phone +39 0577 849421

GPS coordinates:

43.088196° N 11.464319° E



When driving up towards Montalcino from Siena, about 2 km after Buonconvento and long before the village of Montalcino, take a turning on the right following the blue sign for “s.c Abbadia Ardenga”, and then those indicating the Casato Prime Donne winery. Follow this dirt track for about 3 km.

When arriving from Montalcino, take the Sp45 towards Buonconvento, then 6 km out of Montalcino take a left turning following the indications for s.c. (blue sign) Abbadia Ardenga, and Casato (brown sign), then those for Casato Prime Donne along a 3km dirt track.



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