A story centuries long, where the lives of heretics, jurists, men of the church and grape growers entwine. Great characters, great passions, and great wines from the countryside south of Siena, one of the most beautiful in the world that also maintains its oldest traditions.
In the course of the centuries the Colle Villa was enlarged and redecorated to suit the demands of the nobility who used it as a hunting lodge and to host Peter Leopold of Hapsburg (1747-1792) Grand Duke of Tuscany for whom it was a secret meeting place with the Contessina Isabella of the long black hair and big romantic eyes. Their bedroom with its frescoed ceiling is used nowadays for the honeymoon of couples that celebrate their wedding at the Fattoria del Colle.
The Fattoria del Colle was bought back by Livio Socini in 1919, thus bringing it back into the family after three centuries. At the beginning of the Twentieth century the Casato in Montalcino was used by Donatella’s maternal forefathers for hunting and to host brides for their honeymoon. In 1998 Donatella Cinelli Colombini created a new 370-hectare estate giving it her name and incorporating in one brand the Casato in Montalcino and the Fattoria del Colle. In 1998 Casato acquired its new name: Casato Prime Donne that includes the Brunello Winery with its all female staff. In 1999 the Casato Prime Donne Award was instituted.
In 2001 and 2002 Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s wineries at Fattoria del Colle and Casato Prime Donne were inaugurated. The 34 hectares of vineyard were almost entirely replanted. And a sales network exporting wine to 38 countries was established. At Fattoria del Colle the country inn (sleeps 106 in apartments, rooms and villa), is equipped with a restaurant, a cooing school, three gardens and a fitness centre. In 2003 Donatella was awarded the Oscar Bibenda Prize for wine producers, in 2012 she received the International Vinitaly Award.
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