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

Op-ed: Is Montalcino being sold because it’s a legend or is it a legend because it’s being sold?
Montalcino / Op-ed

Op-ed: Is Montalcino being sold because it’s a legend or is it a legend because it’s being sold?

The following op-ed appeared in Italian on December 23, 2016 on the popular Italian wine blog Intravino. Translation by Montalcino Blog. After the umpteenth phone call with someone saying “we’re looking for a winery in Montalcino” on the other line and after having seen the price of bulk Brunello and the price of vineyards double … Continue reading

Complicated is the new normal when it comes to harvest in Brunello
Montalcino / Op-ed

Complicated is the new normal when it comes to harvest in Brunello

Notes on the last four vintages in Montalcino by Stefano Cinelli Colombini, who has been “following” the grape harvest in Brunello for more than five decades. This piece originally appeared in Italian on the popular Italian wine blog Vinoestoria, edited by leading Italian wine writer Pietro Stara. What’s does a “normal” vintage mean today? It’s … Continue reading

D-Day in Montalcino in the 1990s: The Big Fish Arrive (changing everything and changing nothing)
Brunello di Montalcino / Montalcino History / Op-ed

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