The estate is located in the municipality of Bolgheri in the Italian wine-growing region Tuscany, It was created 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 winery, the oenologists were André Tchelistcheff (1901-1994) and Michel Rolland advisory. The Hungarian oenologist Tibor Gál (1958-2005) was cellar master for several years. The first vintage was in 1985, the first wines were marketed in 1988. In 2002 the wineries were divided into equal parts by the multinationals Mondavi (California) and Frescobaldi (Italy) taken over. After the sale of Mondavi in 2005 Constellation Brands Frescobaldi exercised the right of first refusal and acquired 100% of Ornellaia. In 2012 the winery name changed from "Tenuta dell'Ornellaia" to "Ornellaia e Masseto". Axel Heinz is responsible as estate manager and oenologist.
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). You are with the red varieties 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 maintain the biodiversity (Biodiversity) taking into account the sustainability, These include greening, as little earth movement as possible, use of natural fertilizer and waiving herbicides, In the vintage the order of the individual reading processes is determined by analyzes and tasting. The type of vinification of the individual plots is based on the maturity of the tannins established. Through selective selection, only high-quality grapes that are free of all plant residues are processed.
The approximately 80 base wines are fermented separately in different tanks for each vineyard and mature for 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 cuvetted. In addition to the Sassicaia, this contributed to the area Bolgheri the Rosso also came to DOC honors. The second wine is called "Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia". The product range also includes Toscana IGT wines "Ornellaia Bianco" (Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier), "Poggio alle Gazze dell'Ornellaia" (mainly Sauvignon Blanc), "Le Volte dell'Ornellaia" (Marlot, Sangiovese, CS) and the seven hectare vineyard named in Bolgheri varietal Merlot "Masseto". Since the 2006 vintage, protection against wine adulteration the bottles with the RFID system equipped, which enables the tracing of sales and guarantees authenticity. It will also grappa and produced olive oil.