The winery is located in the municipality of Bolgheri in the Italian winegrowing region Tuscany, It was by Ludovico Antinori (a younger brother of the famous Piero) founded in 1981. When creating the first vineyards (previously forest and pasture land) and the establishment of the winery, the oenologists André Tchelistcheff (1901-1994) and Michel Rolland acting as an advisor. The Hungarian oenologist Tibor Gál (1958-2005) was a cellar master for several years. The first vintage was 1985, the first wines were marketed in 1988. In 2002, the winery was divided equally by the multinationals Mondavi (California) and Frescobaldi (Italy). After the sale of Mondavi in 2005 Constellation Brands Frescobaldi took the right of first refusal and took Ornellaia to 100%. In 2012, the winery name changed from "Tenuta dell'Ornellaia" to "Ornellaia e Masseto". As estate director and oenologist Axel Heinz is responsible.
The vineyards cover 97 hectares of vineyards on stony, calcareous soil. They are located near the Ligurian coast in the immediate vicinity of the area Sassicaia (Bolgheri Sassicaia). They are with the red wines Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot. Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, as well as the white wine varieties Sauvignon Blanc. Viognier and Petit Manseng planted. The management is carried out according to ecological conditions in order to preserve the biodiversity (Biodiversity) taking into account the sustainability, These include greening, as few earth movements as possible, use of natural fertilizer and waiver herbicides, In the vintage Through analysis and tasting, the order of the individual reads is determined. The type of winemaking of the individual plots is based on the maturity of the tannins established. Selective selection ensures that only high-quality grapes that have been freed from all plant residues are processed.
The approximately 80 base wines are fermented separately per vineyard in different tanks and mature 12 months in French barriques, The red wine "Ornellaia" is in the Bordeaux style from the varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot cuvéttiert. This contributed to the Sassicaia in addition to the area Bolgheri also the Rosso came to DOC honors. Of the second wine is called "Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia". The product range also includes the Toscana IGT wines "Ornellaia Bianco" (Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier), "Poggio all gazelle dell'Ornellaia" (mainly Sauvignon Blanc), "Le Volte dell'Ornellaia" (Marlot, Sangiovese, CS) as well as the seven hectares of vineyard named in Bolgheri varietal Merlot "Masseto". Since the year 2006 are considered protection wine adulteration the bottles with the RFID system equipped, which allows the tracing of sales and guarantees the authenticity. It will also grappa and olive oil produced.