The famous Italian noble family in the Tuscany has been dedicated to viticulture for 26 generations. The family is one of the largest and most important wine producers and trading houses Italy, Founder was Giovanni di Piero Antinori in 1385, in whose lifetime also the rise of the family of Medici in Florence counts. The city had gone through a long time of warfare and several plague waves. Wine production, together with the silk trade and international banking business, formed the third pillar of family activities. Niccolò Antinori acquired in 1506 the 1469 built Renaissance Palace in Piazza degli Antinori. As a result, vineyards and small estates were purchased in Tuscany. In 1863, the brothers Piero and Ludovico, together with their brother-in-law Guglielmo Guerrini, founded the "Fattorie dei Marchesi Antinori", which summarized the family's four great Tuscan goods. On a trip to the Champagne in 1905 Lucien Charlemagne (one of the Chefs de Caves ), the first sparkling wine of the house after the Méthode traditionnelle created. A next milestone in 1928 was the Chianti "Villa Antinori", which was vinified with a then in Tuscany, a novel, long-lived style.
Niccolò Antinori put with high quality Chianti and Orvieto- Crying the basis for the highest quality and successfully expanding the company despite the turmoil of the Second World War (1939-1945). In 1968, his son Marchese Piero Antinori (* 1938) took over the management. He is considered a leading figure of the oenological revolution in Italy also in connection with the so-called Super-Tuscans who has significantly influenced the quality of Italian wines. Among many other innovations, he was one of the first to experiment Barrique, In 1961 he became the young oenologist Giacomo Tachis (1933-2016), who has earned legendary fame during his lifetime. This gave among other things the impetus for the use of the Rebsorte Cabernet Sauvignon in the Chianti area. His successor was Renzo Cotarella in 1992.
Due to prolonged downpours 1966 came to a great misfortune. The overflowing waters of the Arno poured into the Antinori wine cellars. Not only was a considerable amount of wine destroyed, but toxic chemicals were also introduced. The severe crisis was the reason to completely renew the house. The consultant was the French oenologist Émile Peynaud (1912-2004), who among other things temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks introduces. At that time the later became famous Tignanello modeled on that produced by Piero's uncle Nicolò Incisa Sassicaia created. The two wines are considered the beginning of the super-Tuscan era.
The three daughters Albiera, Allegra and Alessia follow the family tradition and are active in various functions. You have taken over the operational business from your father. Today the company comprises 14 wineries in Italy with 20 worldwide joint ventures. These are wineries and wineries in Apulia. Piedmont. Tuscany and Umbria as well as in California, The total vineyard area is approximately 1,200 hectares. The total property is much larger. Some produce olive oil as well as wine. The property also includes the noble restaurants "Cantinetta Antinori" in Florence, Zurich, Wien and Moscow as well as "Procacci" in Florence, Wien and Singapore. The company Antinori is a member of the prestigious Family Winery Association PFV (Primum Familiae Vini).
The Tenuta Tignanello is the headquarters of the company. The winery was built in the mid-19th century by a branch line of the Medici sex is located in the heart of Chianti-Classico, 30 kilometers south of Florence. The two top locations are called Tignanello (57 ha in open southeast position) and Solaia (20 ha after). Completed in 2013, the Bottega Cantina Antinori headquarters in Bargino on the Florence-Siena expressway is considered a landmark in the region. The Bargino cellar is home to the "Villa Antinori", the "Chianti Classico Peppoli", the "Chianti Classico Riserva Marchesi Antinori" and the "Vin Santo del Chianti Classico".
Five kilometers north of Tignanello lies Tenuta di Pèppoli, which was acquired in 1985 on the occasion of the 600th anniversary of the Antinori family. The vineyards cover n hectares, mainly with Sangiovese, as well as small amounts of Syrah and Merlot are planted. Here is also produced olive oil. The third mainstay in Chianti Classico is the winery Badia a Passignano , three kilometers south of Tignanello near Santa Cristina. The estate was acquired in 1987. Saint Giovanni Gualberto founded here in 1049 the Vallombro Order, a branch of the Benedictine who specialized in viticulture and forestry. Here was 1983 a fossil Vitis vinifera found. Of the 223 hectares 56 are used for viticulture and are mainly planted with Sangiovese. Top wine is the "Chianti Classico Badia and Passignano Gran Selezione".
The estate Guado al Tasso (ford of the badger) is located near Bolgheri on the Tuscan coast and covers 300 hectares of vineyards. It will be the DOC white wine Bolgheri and the red wine named after the estate (a cuvée from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot as well as small share Petit Verdot ) produced. Next to it are the rosé "Scalabrone" and the white wine " Vermentino " generated. In 1994, here was one nursery for the purpose of propagation also for the other goods. In the immediate vicinity lies the estate Ornellaia which formerly belonged to Lodovico Antinori (younger brother of Piero Antinori). And also not far away is the estate Biserno, the first joint project of the brothers Antinori, led by Lodovico.
In Montepulciano lies in 1990 acquired winery La Braccesca . The vineyards cover 240 hectares. Here are among others one Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, of the Rosso di Montepulciano "Sabazio", as well as the two Syrah "Achelo" and Bramasole be generated. Close to Cortona is the estate of Santa Cristina , where wines are produced under this brand. In Montalcino is located in 1995 and named after a train station winery Pian delle Vigne with a Brunello di Montalcino and the Riserva "Vignaferrovia". In the very south of Tuscany lie in the Maremma the Fattoria Aldobrandesca near Sovana and the winery Le Mortelle .
The estate Castello della Sala, named after the medieval castle near the historic town of Orvieto in Umbria, was bought in 1940. On the 160 hectares of vineyards are the varieties Procanico. Grechetto. Chardonnay. Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Nero ( Pinot Noir ). Here is the white wine "Cervaro della Sala" and a Orvieto Classico produced. Other wineries are Prunotto (Piedmont), Tormaresca with the two wineries Tenuta Bocca di Lupo and Masseria Maìme (Puglia) and Montenisa with a sparkling wine Franciacorta (Lombardy).
Overseas, there are joint ventures or participations in the Californian wineries Antica im Napa Valley and Stags' Leap Winery, Col Solare in Washington, Haras de Pirque in Chile (with top wine "Albis" after the nickname of Albiera Antinori), Tuzko in Hungary, Meridiana in Malta and Vitis Metamorfosis in Romania. The formerly the group Ruffino and subsequently belonging to Francesco Giuntini-Antinori Selvapiana winery in Pontassieve with 40 hectares is now owned by Stucchi Prinetti, another Antinori branch.