Montalcino travel tips: Useful information for your summer visit to Tuscan wine country
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Montalcino travel tips: Useful information for your summer visit to Tuscan wine country

The summer is here and a lot of you are planning your trips to Tuscany and, in particular, to Montalcino, the land of Brunello, where you will enjoy some of the greatest wine and food tourism in the world. Here are some basic tips (based mostly on questions that we get asked at this time … Continue reading

The best tasting room in Montalcino? We think so! Book your private tasting now.
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The best tasting room in Montalcino? We think so! Book your private tasting now.

The Fattoria dei Barbi tasting room and wine shop is open seven days a week throughout the summer. Click here for hours and reservation information. English, French, and German are all spoken (as is Italian, of course!). And our team of wine professionals (above) can customize your tasting flight especially for your party or group. … Continue reading

Is Tuscan cuisine just bruschetta and tagliata?
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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

Caffè in Forchetta, a dessert popular across the world and first served at Fattoria dei Barbi
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Caffè in Forchetta, a dessert popular across the world and first served at Fattoria dei Barbi

Just Google it. “Caffè in Forchetta.” It’s a dessert for which you’ll find countless recipes on the internet. In Italian, in English, and even in Spanish (sometimes referred to as café en forchetta). It’s a dish popular around the world. And it was first served at Fattoria dei Barbi. According to Giovanni Righi Parenti, Sienese … Continue reading

A classic Tuscan country menu at Taverna dei Barbi (on the grounds of Fattoria dei Barbi)
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A classic Tuscan country menu at Taverna dei Barbi (on the grounds of Fattoria dei Barbi)

Knowing that many of you are heading to Tuscany and possibly Montalcino this summer, we wanted to share the following menu (below). It’s a classic Tuscany country menu from the Taverna dei Barbi, the estate’s farmhouse restaurant. The Taverna’s food is all classic, all the way. And all of the foods are grown or produced … Continue reading

English is spoken (very well) at the Barbi tasting room!
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English is spoken (very well) at the Barbi tasting room!

Our American and British friends come to visit us at the tasting room because they enjoy tasting our estate’s current releases as well as a wide range of older vintages that owner Stefano makes available every week. But they also come because they that English is spoken there. Indeed, it is spoken very well! On … Continue reading