Fattoria dei Barbi

Fattoria dei Barbi is among a prestigious group of estates that has played an integral part in writing the history of Italian wine. In fact, the estate is one of only five in Montalcino that have continuously operated for over 100 years. The Colombini family, one of region’s most influential families, founded the estate in 1790. The family has owned land in Montalcino since 1352, first building the “Poggio alle Mura” estate (now Castello Banfi), then “Argiano”, and finally they began assembling “Fattoria dei Barbi” in 1790, where they have produced wine ever since. The estate is currently owned and managed by the 20th generation heir, Stefano Cinelli Colombini, who carries on constantly seeking innovation through research and the application of new techniques.

Along with the Biondi-Santi family, the Colombini family helped build the reputation of Brunello di Montalcino as a wine of great quality and prestige worldwide. Fattoria dei Barbi is among the original producers of Brunello di Montalcino with bottles dating back to the 1892 vintage in its cellar. The estate, whose name is derived from “Barbo”, a reference to the seashell fossils found throughout the vineyards, received top awards at exhibitions all over Europe since the first vintages and was the first to export Brunello to the USA (1962), followed by the UK (1972) and Japan (early 1980s). The Barbi “Blue Label”, created in 1958, is today one of the most widely recognized Brunello bottlings in the world and the first Brunello to be imported in the USA.



Sit down with owner Stefano Cinelli Colombini as he discusses the history of the estate.

Current Selections

  • Senza Solfiti IGT

    Senza Solfiti IGT

    Terrior: Abundant skeletal marl, high percentage of schist, average age of vineyard established in 1997 Vinification: Went through a Pellec mechani ...

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  • Brusco dei Barbi Toscana Rosso IGT

    Brusco dei Barbi Toscana Rosso IGT

    Brusco dei Barbi was first released with the 1969 vintage as an IGT Toscana, the result of various vinification experiments by Giovanni Cinelli Colomb ...

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  • Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

    Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

    Barbi’s “Blue Label” Brunello is the heart of the estate’s production and its flagship bottling. The family has been producing Brunello ...

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  • Rosso di Montalcino DOC

    Rosso di Montalcino DOC

    Terroir: Sourced from the estate’s younger vines that are part of the estate’s 41 hectares (100 acres) located in the southeast area of Mont ...

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  • Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG

    Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG

    This Brunello Riserva is made only in the best years and is sourced from a special selection of grapes collected from the best of the estate’s ...

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  • Morellino di Scansano DOCG

    Morellino di Scansano DOCG

    Terroir: In 1997, Stefano Cinelli Colombini purchased an estate in Scansano, in Tuscany’s Maremma area, near the Tyrrhenian Sea coast, now called V ...

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  • Vigna del Fiore Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

    Vigna del Fiore Brunello di Montalcino DOCG

    Fattoria dei Barbi’s single-vineyard Brunello bottling, Vigna del Fiore, was first produced in 1981 for the celebration of the 50th birthday of Fra ...

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