In the photo above (from the Cinelli Colombini family’s personal archives): The wedding of Franco Biondi Santi and Maria Floria Petri (known as Boba).
This weekend, Fattoria dei Barbi owner and winemaker Stefano Cinelli Colombini will be presenting his new book I Ritratti a memoria (Portraits: Memories of Montalcino, in Italian, 2019). The new tome covers 1,500 years of Montalcino history, from its early beginnings to the present day, including the last decades of the 20th century when Bruenllo became a worldwide phenomenon.
The “portraits” are culled from Stefano’s family’s personal archives and his own historical studies and accounts of how Montalcino evolved into one of the wine world’s most important appellations.
“There are endless legends about Montalcino,” said Stefano in a recent interview with the popular website MontalcinoNews.com.
“Most of them are the fruit of major misconceptions regarding the history of the region and Brunello.”
“The problem,” said Stefano, “is that those who know the true stories have only ever spoken about themselves. There are many accounts by people who have shared their own little slice of Brunello history. But they have never been combined. While I was writing biographies of Brunello’s founders for the Brunello museum (which lies on the Fattoria dei Barbi estate), I realized that the material was truly compelling — the origins of the Brunello legend.”
Stefano will be presenting the book on Saturday and Sunday this weekend.