The Fattoria dei Barbi (Barbi Farm) covers 306 hectares between Montalcino and Scansano townships. Stefano Cinelli Colombini, the scion of an ancient Montalcino family whose origins stretch back to 1352, currently manages the family’s estate.
With its 300 wood casks and thousands of bottles of Brunello aging in its cellars, the Barbi winery has been open to the public for more than fifty years. During this time, more than 1.5 million wine lovers have visited the estate. They have had the opportunity to admire a collection of wines that dates back to 1870 — the legacy of this continuously operating winery, among the oldest in Italy.
Brunello produced at Fattoria dei Barbi began winning its numerous awards as early as the late 1800s and its critical acclaim continues to grow to this day in Europe and beyond.
Fattoria dei Barbi has always been a champion of tradition, even as it has emerged over the decades as a winemaking innovator and pioneer. It was the first Montalcino winery to export its wines to France (1817); the first to sell “wine by mail” (1832); the first to export its wines to the U.S. (1962), to England (1969), and to Japan (1975); it was the first to produce a “Super Tuscan” (Brusco dei Barbi, 1969) and the first to produced a monovarietal grappa (Grappa del Brunello, 1974). In the 1960s, it became a pioneer of organic farming practices. In the 1990s, it created the first “artificial nose” for the analysis of wine. And in 2000, it became the first winery in Montalcino to use CO2 for the cold fermentation of red wine.
Today, the estate produces roughly 800,000 bottles, including more than 200,000 bottles of Brunello.
Its 66 hectares planted to vine have an average density of 5,000 vines that produce on average 1.5 kg of fruit per plant. In other words, each vine produces slightly more than one bottle each year.
The Colombini family’s winemaking philosophy has also led them to focus on state-of-the-art technology and its application in traditional winemaking. The Fattoria dei Barbi’s goal has always been that of producing the highest quality wine possible while respecting and preserving its classic character.
—Stefano Cinelli Colombini