Visit the Brunello Museum, Montalcino’s spectacular collection of artifacts and historical documents
Brunello Museum / Montalcino History

Visit the Brunello Museum, Montalcino’s spectacular collection of artifacts and historical documents

Did you know that the first wine to win a prize at the legendary Bordeaux wine competition and exposition was a Brunello? In 1904, a Brunello from the 1899 vintage became the first Italian wine to receive the Gold Medal at the prestigious Exposition Industrielle International in Bordeaux. It was a shining moment for Brunello … Continue reading

Happy Ferragosto! Please note our tasting room and restaurant are open this weekend.
Montalcino

Happy Ferragosto! Please note our tasting room and restaurant are open this weekend.

Please note that the Fattoria dei Barbi tasting room and the Taverna dei Barbi restaurant are open this week and this weekend. We look forward to seeing you. Click here for hours and reservation info. In case you’re wondering why you are already getting so many auto-replys and vacation responses to your emails to colleagues … Continue reading

Classic pinci, Montalcino’s famous hand-rolled pasta, at Taverna dei Barbi
Tuscan cuisine

Classic pinci, Montalcino’s famous hand-rolled pasta, at Taverna dei Barbi

In other parts of Tuscany they are sometimes called pici (PEE-chee) but in Montalcino they are reverently referred to as pinci (PEEN-chee): Long, hand-rolled noodles made from nothing but flour and water. Some might classify this wonderful pasta as rustic. And while it’s true that they belong to the classic Tuscan gastronomic canon, a cuisine … Continue reading

Bruce Sanderson tastes 2008 Vigna del Fiore, one of the vintage’s “top wines” (from the archives)
Accolades / Brunello di Montalcino / Vigna del Fiore

Bruce Sanderson tastes 2008 Vigna del Fiore, one of the vintage’s “top wines” (from the archives)

Above: The Vigna del Fiore vineyard, one of Montalcino’s southernmost crus. Last year, Wine Spectator senior editor Bruce Sanderson “had the opportunity to sit down with 11 producers from Tuscany to revisit the 2008 Brunello di Montalcino vintage at age 10,” including Fattoria dei Barbi’s Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore (95 points Wine Spectator). … Continue reading

Panzanella origin story: Who invented it and why?
Montalcino

Panzanella origin story: Who invented it and why?

Please join Fattoria dei Barbi and winemaker Stefano Cinelli Colombini for the estate’s Panzanella Cook-Off Competition Sunday July 28 at the winery! Click here for details. The contest and tasting coincide with the estate’s celebration of the Blessed John Colombini, Stefano’s 14th-century ancestor. It was back during the terrible years that followed the Black Plague … Continue reading

PANZANELLA Cook-Off Competition and Feast of the Blessed John Colombini July 28!
Events / food and wine

PANZANELLA Cook-Off Competition and Feast of the Blessed John Colombini July 28!

The Blessed Panzanella A Gastronomic Competition mostly but not wholly for the fun of it Dedicated to this classic rustic Tuscan dish and its inventor, the Blessed Giovanni Colombini. Sunday, July 28, 2019 11:30 a.m. OPEN TO ALL CONTENDERS. Fattoria dei Barbi | Montalcino Loc. Podernovi 170 | Strada Consorziale dei Barbi 53024 Montalcino (SI) … Continue reading

Is Tuscan cuisine just bruschetta and tagliata?
food and wine / Taste Eat Visit Montalcino / Tuscan cuisine

Is Tuscan cuisine just bruschetta and tagliata?

I just read a comment from a guest at the Taverna dei Barbi [the Fattoria dei Barbi’s restaurant] and I’ve now discovered that the dishes we serve from the 1892 cookbook by my great-grandmother Elina Colombini are actually “nouvelle cuisine.” I couldn’t help but be taken aback but unfortunately I think I understand what the … Continue reading