The Antinori family
For over six centuries, the Antinori family have been wine producers. The history extends back to 1385 when Giovanni di Piero Antinori became a member of the Guild of Florence winemakers. For twenty-six generations, the family has maintained a great respect for tradition, while continuing to innovate. Today the estate is managed by Marquis Piero Antinori and his three daughters. Tradition, passion and intuition have enabled them to become one of the leaders in Italian wines.
Wine as Passion
Each distinct plot of land contributes to the complexity and character of the wines from Antinori. Research is constantly implemented to enhance the quality of wines, both in the vineyard and in the winery. Local and international grape varieties are studied, new cultivation techniques are tested, different temperatures are applied during fermentation, and tests are conducted for aging in barrels. This continual innovative research ensures the maximum expression of the vineyards’ unique Tuscan character.
The roots of the Antinori estate lie in the heart of the Chianti Classico region, the nerve centre of Italian wine culture, which has led to the development of the quintessential Sangioveses celebrated around the world today. In addition to this indigenous variety, the region is also a showcase for the international varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, which are blended to form stunning wines. This unique region combines human ingenuity with exceptional terroir to produce striking wines made from a wide variety of grapes.
The soil in the region is shallow and mainly composed of clay. That soil, combined with the distinct microclimates, ensures that the typicality of the cultivated grapes varieties is expressed. The vines are generally tended by hand, and the fruit is picked at optimum ripeness. These prime berries are then used to produce wines of character and authenticity.
The ideal Chianti Classico has a smooth, powerful palate. This quality is encapsulated in the Antinori estate’s new cuvee Chianti Classico Marchese Antinori Riserva Tenuta Tignanello (which replaces the Chianti Classico Riserva Marchese Antinori from the 2011 vintage). For this wine only the best Sangiovese and Cabernet are carefully selected. The wine is aged for fourteen months in oak barrels, with an additional twelve months of bottle aging. The intense, fragrant nose is characterised by red and black fruits, with notes of liquorice and vanilla.