Antinori

The Antinori have been involved in the Tuscan wine trade for an impressive 26 generations. In 1970, scion Piero first made a wine that was ineligible for the official Chianti classification from the single vineyard, Tignanello. While it was not the first Super Tuscan, Tignanello played a huge role in shaking up the Italian wine scene. Its success was quickly followed by the creation of Solaia, which has quickly become one of Italy’s most sought-after wines.


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"As a family that balances 800 years of history with a modern outlook, it’s no surprise their wines are held in such high regard."

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The Antinori have been involved in the Tuscan wine trade for an impressive 26 generations. They’re the tenth oldest company in the world, but it’s fair to say that the family has never thrived as it has under the leadership of Piero Antinori, the current head of the family business.

And it is one vineyard, Tignanello, in the Chianti zone, that has headlined this recent success. It was here, in 1970, that Piero first made a wine that was predominantly the local Sangiovese, but with a little of the international variety Cabernet Sauvignon added for depth and complexity, rendering the wine ineligible for the official Chianti classification. So he marketed it by name alone.

While it was not the first Super Tuscan (that honour goes to Sassicaia, made by Piero’s cousin), Tignanello played a huge role in shaking up the Italian wine scene. The wine’s success was quickly followed by the creation of Solaia from the adjoining vineyard, this time made from a majority of Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc, with just 20% Sangiovese. It’s become one of Italy’s most sought-after wines.

In subsequent years, the family have turned their attention further afield. The Castello della Sala estate in Umbria is the perfect example. Cervaro, crafted on this estate, is Solaia’s white little brother, made from the international variety Chardonnay, with just a drop of a local grape, in this case Grechetto.

As a family that balances 800 years of history with a modern outlook, it’s no surprise their wines are held in such high regard.