Op-ed: Stefano Cinelli Colombini’s opinion pieces on Montalcino and the wide world of wine.
Op-ed

Op-ed: Stefano Cinelli Colombini’s opinion pieces on Montalcino and the wide world of wine.

“Only great civilizations produce great wines,” often says Fattoria dei Barbi legacy owner and winemaker Stefano Cinelli Colombini, an avid historian and prolific author who has written extensively on Montalcino’s evolution, history, and traditions. Ever since we launched his Montalcino Blog in 2015, we have translated and published his opinion pieces — many of which have … Continue reading

“You can keep your radishes. I’ll take the Brunello instead.” Culture, history, and tradition in Montalcino (Stefano Cinelli Colombini)
Brunello di Montalcino / Montalcino History / Op-ed / Stefano Cinelli Colombini / Vigna del Fiore

“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
Montalcino / Montalcino History / Op-ed

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

When Greenland was green: Stefano’s op-ed on the challenges of climate change
Climate change / Op-ed

When Greenland was green: Stefano’s op-ed on the challenges of climate change

Last week, leading Italian wine writer Pietro Stara published this op-ed by Fattoria dei Barbi owner and winemaker Stefano Cinelli Colombini on his popular blog Vino e Storia (Wine and History). We are pleased to present this English-language translation here. Translation by our blogmaster. Is the climate changing? Haven’t you heard the big news? In … Continue reading