Antinori – The Tuscan-Florentine Wine Nobility with Tradition
Antinori can call itself a business rich in tradition for good reason: For more than 26 generations, this Italian family has been involved in wine production. The family business is located in Florence and is currently managed by Piero Antinori and his three daughters Albiera, Allegra and Alessia. Their many wineries, with vineyards totaling over 1200 hectares, are situated in various Italian winegrowing regions – e.g. in Apulia, Umbria, Piedmont and Tuscany, as well as in other countries such as Hungary and Romania. Antinori gained international attention with its Tignanello, which was developed in the 1970s.
Some of Antinori’s most important wineries are:
- Santa Cristina unites both indigenous and international grape varieties
- La Braccesca combines the ‘spirits’ of two regions: Montepulciano and Cortona
- Tenuta Guado al Tasso - Guado al Tasso, the ‘galley wine’ of the winery
- Tenuta Tignanello - with the two iconic wines Solaia andnd Tignanello
The complete selection of all Antinori wineries can be found here .
Antinori: The Rich Inheritence of the Past
The history of Antinori can be traced back to the Middle Ages. The former patrician family has had its seat in Tuscany for a very long time and looks back on an eventful history, not only with success in winemaking, but also in other fields of business.
Their long tradition in wine production began back in 1385, when Piero Antinori became a member of the winemakers’ guild. During the transition from the Middle Ages to the modern era, the family was also involved in politics, the international silk trade and banking. Winemaking in Tuscany reached its height in the 18th Century. Due to the upswing, the Antinoris were then able to market their wines outside of Italy, e.g. in Great Britain. A century later, the family expanded its property with the purchase of new vineyards, and the 20th Century brought about many innovations. The oenologist Giacomo Tachis was hired in 1961 and made extensive changes: The production of Chianti was modified with new methods and larger casks. The 1960s were also a time of experimentation and research: Antinori implemented new technology such as stainless steel tanks with temperature-controlled fermentation.
This innovative phase finally led to the premiere of Tignanello in 1970, which has assumed a special place in the oenology of the Chianti. This modern red wine can be considered a milestone in the history of wine. It is made from Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes. What is special about it: It is the first Sangiovese matured in barriques, it is a modern red wine made from non-traditional grape varieties, and it no white grapes are added to it. Tignanello has changed the wine industry and led to far-reaching rule changes.
Antinori Today: Wine Production at the Highest Level
In the meanwhile, Antinori has become one of the most important wine producers in Italy and has attained international recognition for its wines. Continual experiments in both the vineyards and cellars display Antinori’s passion for constant increases in quality. Various fermentation methods, modern vinification techniques, as well as various types of wood and age of the casks are some of these. By looking at its history, its work today and the success it brings, it is obvious what Antinori stands for: Firstly for traditions that have grown for hundreds of years, secondly for the innovations that are relected in its new developments. Intuition and passion complete the canon of values to which Antinori prescribes. The enterprise belongs to the Primum Familiae Vini, which unites the best vintners in the world and makes the exchange of experience and knowledge possible. Alongside wine production, the family is also involved in the production of olive oil and runs restaurants in Florence, Zurich, Vienna and Moscow. Love for the art and culture of Tuscany has led Piero Antinori to influence the work of the Accademia: This institution has set itself the task of protecting, collecting and researching the treasures of the region.
More information about Antinori
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