This is the proposal for the weekends of the 2021 harvest – organized by Donatella Cinelli Colombini. Two appointments:
The first more focused on the tasting of grapes and the second on the tasting of musts. There will always be a full program of activities including tastings, visits to the vineyards and the two cellars at Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino and Fattoria del Colle in the Chianti and the Orcia doc areas.
The real attraction will be the master classes on Sangiovese held by great experts. The vine from which great wines such as Brunello and Chianti are born is in fact the variety with the highest number of clones: 100 in Tuscany and 8 in Emilia Romagna.
Sangiovese is also a “territorial” vine that is capable of changing depending on the terroir in which it is planted.
Italy contains 51% of all varieties present on earth and Tuscany has very diverse terrain, even at a distance of a few meters one from the other. For this reason, understanding Sangiovese is something fascinating and indispensable to really appreciate the great wines it produces.
Participants in the harvest weekends will stay at Fattoria del Colle in rooms and apartments. There are a restaurant, two swimming pools, an area for natural wellness (wine therapy, couple’s massages) gardens, parks and a breathtaking view.
The price includes:
The Fattoria del Colle is 2 and a half hours from Rome and Bologna, an hour from Florence and Perugia. 18 km from the A1 Valdichiana exit.
Fattoria del Colle is a small hamlet built at the end of the sixteenth century with villa, chapel and farmhouses that have been transformed into accommodation for tourists and are furnished with antique furniture.
Arrival at Fattoria del Colle, welcome toast in the historic cellar and presentation of the program
Settle into accommodation
Upon request, to be paid for separately, dinner dedicated to the tradition of Montalcino: Pappardelle with wild boar sauce, chicken scottiglia, modern and traditional Mantovana (€ 30 excluding drinks)
8-10am Fattoria del Colle, restaurant. Breakfast with homemade cookies and pastries, omelette, cold cuts and cheeses
10 am Fattoria del Colle, historic cellar. Experience “Winemaker for a day” during which each person will produce their own Supertuscan to take home.
11.00 am Fattoria del Colle, Old Barn. Master class on wine in Tuscany and Sangiovese with a prestigious wine critic
Upon request and to be paid separately, and to be booked by 10 am. Lunch experience with 8 typical cheeses and a glass of Chianti Superiore (18€ per person)
Depending on the stages of the harvest, visit and participation in the harvest and vinification of the grapes. Tasting of grapes and must and meeting with oenologists (at Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda or at Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino)
4.30 pm Casato Prime Donne. (transfer by own car) Visit of the Montalcino winery Casato Prime Donne with itinerant tasting (barrel tasting, Rosso di Montalcino, Brunello and Brunello Riserva)
8.00 pm Fattoria del Colle tasting dinner with four traditional courses accompanied by 3 wines. Dante’s soup will be served just as in the fourteenth century with black-eyed beans and onions from Certaldo, pinci with traditional Tuscan sauce, Chianina beef strips followed by fig tart. The wines paired are IGT Toscana Sanchimento, Leone Rosso, and Brunello Prime Donne 2016
8.00 am – 10.00 am Breakfast with biscuits and homemade cakes, pinzimonio olive oil dips and omelette, cold cuts and cheeses
10.30 am visit of the Farm, the panorama, the Italian garden, the San Clemente chapel, the vegetable garden with ancient Tuscan essences, murals of the Foglia Tonda and Sangiovese, cellar with the fermentation room, the hall that teaches you to listen to the vineyards, the barrel ageing area, and the vinsantaia. Tasting of Chianti Superiore, Supertuscan IGT, Orcia Doc Cenerentola and Passito obtained from Traminer grapes.
Guided tour of the vineyards and learning to taste grapes with the oenologist
12.30 pm greeting toast in the historic cellar, delivery of certificates and group photos
Upon request and to be paid for separately and to be booked by 10 am. Brunch consisting of an experience of 8 typical cold cuts and a glass of Chianti Superiore (€ 18 per person)
The harvesting moment for the Brunello, Chianti and Doc Orcia grapes is a privileged moment for wine tourism, especially in Tuscany. Wine lovers have the possibility to see, and for a few moments take part in the harvesting of the grapes. They learn how to taste the berries to understand the true significance of the word “ripe”, differentiating between skin, pulp, and grape seeds. They understand the logics of the harvest calendar and share the grape growers’ passion and their worries if some black clouds are on the horizon and their joy if the forecasts promise good weather. Only at this time of the year is it possible to see the birth of great red Tuscan wines and it is possible to go home saying “a bottle of Brunello will be made with grapes I picked”
Every year from September 15th to October 20th Fattoria del Colle proposes at least two harvest weekends with a program filled with activities, tours (in the two wineries in Montalcino- Casato Prime Donne and in Trequanda – Fattoria del Colle), tastings, and themed dinners. Roughly 20 participants, overnight stays in the villas apartments and rooms of the small rural hamlet surrounding the estate that was built in 1592. An historic place where all lodgings maintains the imprint of the Tuscan tradition in its antique furniture, mixing with modern comfort.
The activities are guided by expert multilingual staff who teaches the secrets of Brunello, Chianti and Orcia Doc in a fun way. The harvest weekends are a different and captivating way to increase ones wine knowledge and to regenerate whilst in contact with nature.