Wines

Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Tuscany (Montalcino)

Donatella Cinelli Colombini

The roots of the Colombini family in Tuscany go back to 1592, and their tradition of excellence in winemaking began in 1790 with the founding of the Fattoria dei Barbi.  It was in the 1960’s that Francesca Cinelli Colombini, also known as the “Lady of Brunello” made a name for herself as the stalwart leader of Barbi’s top wines.  When the next generation came into the spotlight, her son Stefano took over the family estate, while Francesca placed her daughter Donatella in charge of farming the neighbouring Azienda del Casato.  Her father Fausto later appointed Donatella to manage the Fattoria del Colle.

Donatella is a major force in the world of quality Italian wine and has spurred important advances in enotourism: she conceptualized “Cantine Aperte,” a nationwide day for winemakers to welcome visitors, and has even provided marketing tools to the elite producers throughout Italy.

Donatella Cinelli Colombini