The name Antinori delights lovers of Italian wines. The Villa Antinori winery has been owned by the Tuscan winegrowing dynasty of the same name for centuries. The family business rose to fame with its Super Tuscans. The brand also stands for a successful blend of local and international grape varieties in wonderfully elegant cuvées.
Fine wines from Tuscany
Villa Antinori wines are successful products from the famous Antinori family business. For 600 years, the family has shaped viticulture in Italy – the 26th generation is now carrying on its Tuscan wine traditions. Villa Antinori is one of its most important properties.
But the wine producers are by no means opposed to modernity, however. On the contrary, their joy in experimenting with new grape varieties and vinification techniques brought about an upturn in the region. This is showcased by the Super Tuscans, of which Tignanello is the most famous. Marchese Piero Antinori courageously opposed the production regulations for Chianti Classico. Going against the specifications of the wine authorities, he added typical Bordeaux grapes to the local Sangiovese variety. He matured the resulting cuvée in barriques – which is not at all typical for Tuscan wines. This resulted in full-bodied red wines with intense fruity notes. Although this led to them losing their DOCG status, the production method became a recipe for success and brought Italian red wines more fame around the world. This method is also the basis for Villa Antinori's red wines.
Today, Marchese Piero Antinori manages the company with his daughters Albiera, Allegra and Alessia. The family members Niccolò and Elisabetta Montecchi are also involved in Villa Antinori. Niccolò Montecchi inherited the estate from his grandmother Elenora Antinori.
The brand was named after the estate in San Casciano near Florence which is even depicted on the label: the estate is a real architectural gem. Villa del Cigliano was built in the second half of the 15th century in a Renaissance style and was acquired by Alessandro di Niccolò Antinori soon afterwards. The beautiful, geometrically designed grounds are an outstanding example of Renaissance garden design and can also be marvelled at on the label of all Villa Antinori wines. The estate also includes a historic wine cellar which is still used to age its best wines. At the end of the 19th century, the family extended the building and the land of the surrounding vineyards.
Production of Villa Antinori wines
Villa Antinori has a total of around 25 hectares of vineyards. In the north-east of the Chianti Classico DOCG appellation, the vines grow on the slopes surrounding the Val di Pesa valley. The majority of the vineyards are used to grow Sangiovese. Other important grape varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The vines are an impressive 20 years old. For the fermentation process, the estate's cellar masters use carefully selected native natural yeast.The vintners take a lot of care and time over the maturing process. French-style maturing in barriques is a key aspect that differentiates the Antinori family's red wines from other wines in the Chianti Classico appellation. After vinification, the red wines are matured for at least 20 months, including 12 months in French, American or Hungarian oak casks. Before being sold, they are aged in the bottle for a further eight months. The Riserva is aged for even longer: it must be matured in barriques for 24 months and then aged in the bottle for six months.
The Villa Antinori portfolio
The winery focuses on producing full-bodied red and white cuvées. The red range includes the highly sought-after ruby Villa Antinori Rosso. This was first vinified by Marchese Niccolò Antinori in 1928. His aim was to create a wine that would age particularly well. The cuvée mainly comprises the Tuscan Sangiovese grape variety at around 60 percent. Typical Bordeaux grapes – Cabernet Sauvignon (20 percent) and Merlot (15 percent) – contribute to the fruity expression of this wine. A small quantity of Syrah (five percent) rounds off the blend. Since this mix of varieties does not comply with the production regulations for DOCG wines, this wine is sold in a separate category, as a Tuscan IGT. This has no effect on the quality; the long maturing time in barriques makes it extremely smooth. Velvety tannins and plenty of extract are also characteristic. The flavour is dominated by the fruity aromas of dark berries, accompanied by elegant notes of coffee and vanilla.The white Villa Antinori Bianco is a fine wine through and through, with a well-structured acidity and body. This Villa Antinori wine is also a blend of local and international grape varieties. The cellar masters add Chardonnay and Pinot blanc to the Tuscan Trebbiano and Malvasia grapes. They then mature the white cuvée in stainless steel tanks. This produces a straw-yellow, dry-tasting wine. Aromas of citrus fruits and mango make for a fruity freshness.Are you looking for a 2013 Villa Antinori or a different highly promising vintage from the historic estate? You can purchase a Villa Antinori wine from the Mondovino online shop or from one of the Coop sales outlets.