Montalcino History

“Giovanni Colombini was a visionary farmer.” Aldo Fiordelli on 50 years of Brunello.

In case you haven’t already seen it, check out Aldo Fiordelli’s great article on 50 years of Montalcino in the November issue of Decanter.

That’s Aldo above. Here’s what he had to say about the founder of Fattoria dei Barbi.

“Giovanni Colombini,” he writes, “was a visionary farmer with an incredible depth of knowledge in viticulture. In 1974, he had the insight to write to the Italian Wine and Vineyard Academy expressing concern over the dangers of chemicals, which he claimed ‘… will never provide the soil with organic matter it needs to feed and improve its structure.'”

It’s a wonderful piece on the history of Montalcino, written by one of Italy’s leading food and wine writers (and one of our favorites).

A lot of readers might be surprised about how Montalcino came to be one of the world’s leading appellations for fine wine production.

The piece is not yet available online. We’ll post a link when it’s live.

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