The Tenuta Tignanello winery is located in the heart of Chianti-Classico, 30 kilometres south of Florence in Tuscany. It was acquired by the famous traditional Antinori family in the middle of the 19th century. The vineyards cover a total of 130 hectares; the two most famous sites are Tignanello (57 hectares in open south-east exposure) and Solaia (20 hectares immediately adjacent). It was here that the legendary oenologist Giacomo Tachis (1933-2016) created the famous IGT red wine Tignanello and founded the fame of the Super-Tuscans with the Sassicaia. The cult wine is produced from grapes of the monopoly single vineyard Tignanello, which is situated in 350 to 400 meters above sea level with southwest exposure on calcareous soil. It was the first Sangiovese wine to be aged in barriques, the first red wine to be supplemented with non-traditional Italian grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, and one of the first red wines produced in the Chianti region without the use of white grapes.
The red wine, first produced in 1970, was originally called "Chianti Classico Riserva vigneto Tignanello". At that time it contained 20% Canaiolo Nero and 5% of the two white varieties Malvasia Bianca Lunga and Trebbiano Toscano in addition to Sangiovese. From the 1971 vintage onwards it was produced as "Vino da tavola di Toscana" under the name Tignanello. With the Tignanello, Antinori thus decoupled itself from the production standards of the Chianti Classico; with the 1975 vintage, the white grapes were completely abandoned. Since the 1982 vintage the grape variety composition is 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. Tignanello is only produced in the best vintages. For example, there was no production in the years 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1984, 1992 and 2002. The Tenuta Tignanello also produces the Chianti Classico Riserva "Marchese Antinori" and some Vin Santo.