FATTORIA DEI BARBI – TUSCANY – ITALY
Paolo Colombini, third-born, graduated in law, had received two small surviving farms in Montalcino but chose to use his degree, abandoning his life as an agrarian to devote himself to the profession of notary.
His son, Pio Colombini, produced the first bottles of Brunello but was also a university professor of genius and discovered the first effective cure for syphilis. He married Elina Padelletti, descendant of an ancient noble family from Montalcino, who brought the Podernovi villa as a dowry where the winery and all the factories are now located. With Giovanni Colombini, born in 1906, the family found an innovator, a pioneer of world viticulture.
In the 1960s, he created at the Fattoria dei Barbi the first Italian company that produces and sells hundreds of thousands of quality Italian wine bottles at very high prices, transforming a product for a few dozen chosen ones into a mass phenomenon.
After Giovanni Colombini’s death in 1976, the Fattoria dei Barbi was led by his daughter Francesca and then by his nephew Stefano who, in turn, developed and expanded the family properties.
Owner: Stefano Cinelli Colombini
Oenological management: Maurizio Cecchini, Paolo Salvi
Agronomic management: Riccardo Casangeli
Vineyard hectares: 100
Bottles produced: 600,000
Direct sales: yes
Visits to the company: yes
Oil production: yes
Foundation year: 1790