The Historical Ageing Cellars
At Fattoria dei Barbi, the historical ageing cellars can be visited on a tour among the over 300 big barrels and thousands of bottles of Brunello di Montalcino, in order to understand the various phases in the vinification process, the techniques and secrets of ageing wine as well as the history of Brunello and of Fattoria dei Barbi.
The Barbi Cellar has been open to the public for over 70 years. In this period, over one and a half million wine lovers have visited its rooms, admiring, among other things, the collection of bottles that date from 1870 to the present day, confirming a legacy that makes Barbi unique among other wineries in Italy.
The Cellar starts in the Bruscone Room, and, in a succession of rooms with evocative and suggestive names (Garden Room, Bottoni Room, Billiard Room, Grape Room, Fresco Room, etc.), on different floors featuring old photographs and frescoes, guests are guided through the centuries-old history that links the Colombini family to Montalcino and Brunello with its great Slavonian oak barrels where the wine, in utmost silence rests for years to finally arrive in the Stanze delle Bottiglierie, where the collection of historical bottles and of the winemaking production of Fattoria from 1870 to date is stored. These are the oldest bottles of wine in Montalcino and the most complete wine collection in Italy.