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

Brunello, the movie! Narrated by Stefano Cinelli Colombini (with English sub-titles)
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Brunello, the movie! Narrated by Stefano Cinelli Colombini (with English sub-titles)

More than one Facebook user has asked about Fattoria dei Barbi’s new cover movie. It’s the trailer for a wonderful short film by London-based director Oliver Cooper, “Un Coro Unito” (“United in Song”), written and narrated by the estate’s owner and winemaker Stefano Cinelli Colombini. The film is embedded below in its entirety. Buona visione! … Continue reading

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

Witness the Birth of a Brunello at Fattoria dei Barbi September 30 and October 1
Events / Harvest 2017 / Montalcino History

Witness the Birth of a Brunello at Fattoria dei Barbi September 30 and October 1

The Fattoria Dei Barbi In #Montalcino invites you to an extraordinary event: the birth of a Brunello on Saturday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1. You will enter the cellar during racking, when the fermentation finishes and the wine emerges warm, fragrant and dense. Guided groups of visitors will be get to watch and they … Continue reading

D-Day in Montalcino in the 1990s: The Big Fish Arrive (changing everything and changing nothing)
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D-Day in Montalcino in the 1990s: The Big Fish Arrive (changing everything and changing nothing)

The sixth in Stefano’s series of posts on the “Ten Days that Shook the World” of Brunello di Montalcino: The First Sales Boom of the 20th Century. Click here for the complete series. And click here for the original post in Italian published by the popular Italian wine blog Intravino. In the 1990s, over the … Continue reading