The Antinori family is truly the first family Of Italian wine legacy. Having started in 1385 as a family business this family has seen it all over the last almost 30 generations.
The birthplace of Chianti Classico Tuscan wines and winemaking owe a lot to the Antinoris. For the creators of Tignanello, which revolutionised wine making in Tuscany, to create a much hailed category Super Tuscan, a feat went a long way in bringing Italian wines back on the world map.
Two traits of the family absolutely inspire me, perseverence and courage. Perseverance because they have seen it all, the wars the floods and the famines and yet stood the test of time making them timeless, just like the wine they produce.
Courage because they were the first to defy norms and blend the sacred Sangiovese with non traditional grape varieties and age wine in small oak casks with almost no white grapes in the blend.
The cellars are set under a mountain estate and are a true trip back in time. Must do in Tuscany. But book in advance as tours are booked weeks ahead. Or you could try pleading and cajoling (like I did) and get in 😉