Antinori

A history since 1385 and a "double sprit" philosophy: Tradition and Innovation

History of Antinori

In 1385, the Antinori family became part of the wine business when Giovanni di Piero Antinori joined the Florentine Vintner's Guild.

Since 1966, Marchese Piero Antinori, son of Marchese Niccolò, has run the company with his daughters, Albiera, Allegra and Alessia, also playing an active role.

For more than 26 generations now, Antinori's philosophy has been based on the combination of both tradition and innovation: to preserve Italy's enological traditions and to experiment innovation in winemaking, giving each wine tester the pleasure of discovering a unique alliance.

Vineyards

Each of Antinori's vineyards and estates has its own individual character, its own history and its own universe perceived and discovered in the tasting of each of their fine wines.

Badia a Passignano

Antinori's vineyards for red wine are mostly located in Tuscany, in the area of Chianti Classico where it owns three estates, total 575 acres: Tignanello, Pèppoli and Badia a Passignano.

White wine is produced in Umbria in the Orvieto Classico region, at Castello della Sala estate, and in Tuscany at Monteloro estate.

Red wine comes from the Montepulciano, Bolgheri, Montalcino, Castiglione della Pescaia and Sovana areas.

Besides Tuscany and Umbria, Antinori is also present in Lombardy, Piedmont, Apulia, California, Washington State, Hungary and Malta where it produces both red and white wines.

The Tignanello and Solaia Estate - The uniqueness of a land and the history of a great wine

The Tignanello estate is a total of 319 hectares in size of which 127 hectares are planted with vines. In particular, two vineyards are real treasures:

  • Solaia: 20 hectares
  • Tignanello: 57 hectares

The area is very particular due to the high altitude being over 400 metres above sea level, the vineyards having a southwest exposure to the sun, the microclimate and the soil, which is marine loam based with a rich addition of alberese and galestro rock dating back to the Eocene and Miocene eras.

Viticulture

The growing season here is characterized by hot days and cool nights.

In the early 1970ies, the Tignanello estate was, to some extent, the viticultural research ground for Antinori. Investigations into vine growing concentrated on the improvement of the grapes to obtain a higher concentration and softer tannins. This was achieved through planting density, foliage control and selection of the Cabernet and Sangiovese.

In the oenological field, the goals were to achieve wines with a well-defined character.

This was accomplished by a rigorous selection of the grapes during harvest and when received at the winery, gentle crushing of the grapes with as little stress as possible, and by allowing malolactic fermentation to occur in barrel.

When the first production of Solaia began, more than thirty years ago, the grapes came from a plot of land that was within the larger Tignanello vineyard. The same particular characteristics as the original vineyard, such as the altitude, the soil type and the good exposure to the sun (hence the name Solaia), are also found in a nearby vineyard. This vineyard has been integrated into the original vineyard since 1997.

Currently, the Solaia vineyard is 20 hectares and planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (15 hectares), Cabernet Franc (1 hectare) and Sangiovese (4 hectares) with an average age of 15 years.

The density per hectare varies from a minimum of 5,500 to a maximum of 7,200 and the low-spurred cordon training system is used. Over the years, there has been a progressive renewal of the Solaia vineyard. This has been accomplished by utilizing the many years of knowledge and ever-increasing experience of the estate's land to highlight the personality of Solaia.

 
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91 James Suckling
Antinori Peppoli Chianti Classico 2017
Antinori Peppoli Chianti Classico 2017
Intense red fruit aromas are offest by delicate notes of vanilla and chocolate. Pleasantly lingering with a fresh, vibrant feel in the mouth.
Peppoli Chianti Classico 2017
25,90 €
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91 Decanter
Antinori Guado al Tasso Vermentino 2017
Antinori Guado al Tasso Vermentino 2017
A luminous straw yellow in color with greenish highlights, the wine shows aromas of minerals, citrus fruit, and flowers, the typical notes of a Bolgheri Vermentino. It is a fresh wine, balanced and…
Guado al Tasso Vermentino 2017
28,00 €
Italy
94 Wine Spectator
Antinori Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2015
Antinori Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2015
The Villa Rosso Chianti Classico Riserva is an intense ruby red in color. The nose shows notes of red berry fruit, particularly red currants and raspberries, which blend with aromas of cherries.…
Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2015
32,90 €
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94 James Suckling
Antinori Guado al Tasso Il Bruciato 2016
Antinori Guado al Tasso Il Bruciato 2016
Guado al Tasso Il Bruciato 2016
36,00 €
Italy
93 Wine Spectator
Antinori Tenuta Tignanello 'Marchese Antinori' Chianti Classico Riserva 2015
Antinori Tenuta Tignanello 'Marchese Antinori' Chianti Classico Riserva 2015
An intense ruby red in color, the wine offers a fruity and floral nose with additional notes of spices and toasted oak. The palate is supple and balanced and the toasty and fruity sensations linger on a fragrant and persistent finish.
Tenuta Tignanello 'Marchese Antinori' Chianti Classico Riserva 2015
52,90 €
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94 Robert Parker
Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2015
Antinori Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2015
Aromas of vanilla, chocolate and coffee. Strikingly weighty structure expressed in well-rounded and balanced mouthfeel. A very lingering sweet flavour with hints of blackberries and…
Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2015
55,00 €
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94 Wine Enthusiast
Antinori Pian delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino 2013
Antinori Pian delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino 2013
A Brunello that combines typical structure and con- siderable body with unusual harmony, balance and el- egance. The colour is an intense ruby red. Generous complex aromas of flowers, vanilla and…
Pian delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino 2013
72,50 €
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99 James Suckling
Antinori Cervaro della Sala 2017
Antinori Cervaro della Sala 2017
Cervaro della Sala, the “flagship” wine of this estate, has earned important recognition and countless fond admirers. It is a blend of Chardonnay and Grechetto grapes, fermented and aged…
Cervaro della Sala 2017
79,90 €
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98 Vinous (Antonio Galloni)
Antinori Tignanello 2015
Antinori Tignanello 2015
This was the first Sangiovese to be aged in barriques, the first red wine to be blended with non-traditional varieties (like Cabernet) and one of the first Chianti reds not to use white grapes.
Tignanello 2015
135,00 €
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97 Robert Parker
Antinori Guado al Tasso 2015
Antinori Guado al Tasso 2015
Guado al Tasso 2015
139,00 €
Italy
95 James Suckling
Antinori Solaia 2014
Antinori Solaia 2014
Solaia is a 50 acre (20 hectare) vineyard with a southwestern exposure located at an altitude between 1150 and 1325 feet (350-400 meters) above sea level and with a stony soil of…
Solaia 2014
330,00 €
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97 Robert Parker
Antinori Guado al Tasso Matarocchio 2011
Antinori Guado al Tasso Matarocchio 2011
The Guado al Tasso estate is located approximately 50 miles (80 kilometers) to the southwest of the city of Florence, near the medieval hamlet of Bolgheri in the northern part of the Tuscan…
Guado al Tasso Matarocchio 2011
345,00 €