“Portraits: Memories of Montalcino,” a new book on Montalcino’s rich history by Stefano Cinelli Colombini
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“Portraits: Memories of Montalcino,” a new book on Montalcino’s rich history by Stefano Cinelli Colombini

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 … Continue reading

Decanter on Brunello: “The groundwork had been laid in the nineteenth century… by Fattoria dei Barbi.”
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Decanter on Brunello: “The groundwork had been laid in the nineteenth century… by Fattoria dei Barbi.”

This week, Decanter magazine published what will surely be considered a landmark feature article on Brunello di Montalcino, its history and legacy: “Brunello’s Breakthrough.” Read the entire piece, free even for non-subscribers, here. Jefford, who’s widely considered one of the greatest English-language wine writers in the world today, writes: “the groundwork had been laid in … Continue reading

“Montalcino is like tweed: Never in fashion but an eternal classic”: Stefano’s talk on “Montalcino before Brunello”
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“Montalcino is like tweed: Never in fashion but an eternal classic”: Stefano’s talk on “Montalcino before Brunello”

Above: The Brunello Museum on the Barbi estate in Montalcino. Stefano is an avid historian and curator of the museum’s collection. “Montalcino is like tweed,” said Francesca Colombini Cinelli in a preview of Stefano’s lecture tonight. “We’ve never been in fashion but an eternal classic.” Tonight in Rome, Stefano will be giving a talk on … Continue reading

Heading to Montalcino this summer? Don’t miss the Abbey of Sant’Antimo…
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Heading to Montalcino this summer? Don’t miss the Abbey of Sant’Antimo…

If you’re heading to Montacino this summer, one of the sites you definitely don’t want to miss is the Abbey of Sant’Antimo (Abbazia di Sant’Antimo), above. Not only is it one of the historical centerpieces of Medieval and Renaissance Tuscany but it’s also one of the best preserved examples of “Romanic” architecture in Italy (early … Continue reading

“You can keep your radishes. I’ll take the Brunello instead.” Culture, history, and tradition in Montalcino (Stefano Cinelli Colombini)
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“You can keep your radishes. I’ll take the Brunello instead.” Culture, history, and tradition in Montalcino (Stefano Cinelli Colombini)

The following op-ed appeared this week on Intravino, Italy’s most popular wine blog. Translation from the Italian by Montalcino Blog. Vinitaly (the annual Italian wine trade fair) is over and the dust has finally settled. We’re exhausted. But we’ve already returned to our little villages and have fallen back our routines. Wherever great wines are … Continue reading

Montalcino, more than meets the eye: Stefano responds to claims that Montalcino has lost its way
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Montalcino, more than meets the eye: Stefano responds to claims that Montalcino has lost its way

I just came across yet another blog post where the author repeats the same old litany that Montalcino is no longer “true to itself” and that the true Montalcino is dead. I wrote the following in response and I’d like to share it with my friends… I don’t believe that a community’s vitality is gauged … Continue reading