Antinori

Antinori

Antinori is the most famous name in Italian wine and the influence of Piero Antinori in the last 25 years has been nothing short of revolutionary. Antinori's flagship wine, Tignanello, first appeared in 1971 and caused a sensation by its use of Cabernet Sauvignon in a Sangiovese blend and with its practice of ageing in small French barriques. Antinori was accused of vinous treachery and treason but soon barrique-aged blends of Sangiovese and Cabernet began appearing all across Tuscany.

Solaia is a Cabernet-dominated blend, which, like Tignanello, is from the Santa Cristina estate and is stunningly rich. Tenuta Belvedere is in Bolgheri on the Mediterranean coast .

The Guado al Tasso estate is also part of the small, prestigious Bolgheri DOC zone which has been famous for its Rosé wines since the Seventies: along with the white wines made here, they were awarded the DOC in 1984, which was extended to the reds in 1994. The area is now best-known and admired for its outstanding red wines, the so-called Super-Tuscans.  The estate covers over 1,000 hectares, 300 of which are planted with vineyards, and the rest with wheat, sunflowers and olives

Tenuta Guado al Tasso was part of feudal lands of about 4,048 hectares along about 7km of coast and belonged to the Della Gherardesca family, whose roots in this region date back to over 1,200 years ago. In the Thirties the land was inherited by Carlotta della Gherardesca Antinori - mother of Piero Antinori - and her sister, who was married to Mario Incisa della Rocchetta (who took possession of the nearby Tenuta San Guido). There were seven castles on the estate, four of which are still standing, and 86 watchtowers, built 1000 years ago to protect the family from Saracen invaders from the African coast.

There are currently 300 hectares of vineyards at Tenuta Guado al Tasso, situated at an altitude of 45-60m a.s.l. on various types of soil. The varieties planted are Vermentino (a grape variety native to the coastal area of Liguria and northern Tuscany, which has also flourished for many years in Corsica and Sardinia), Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. There are also small quantities of other varieties including Cabernet Franc.

Many ideas and resources have been invested in the Guado al Tasso estate, for constant research into improved quality: as a result, a nursery for rooted cuttings was created here in 1994, mainly for the propagation of Vermentino, but also to produce the best possible selections of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot for use in other Antinori estates.

The mitigating influence of the Mediterranean prevents drastic temperature variations and the vines flower and ripen early, thanks to the stable, fairly warm microclimate with its extraordinary light during the final phases of ripening. Thanks to the microclimate of the "Bolgheri amphitheatre", harvesting takes place early here, about two weeks before the Chianti harvest.

The Guado al Tasso estate makes Scalabrone (Bolgheri Rosato DOC) from Sangiovese, Merlot and Syrah, Vermentino di Bolgheri DOC, a monovarietal Vermentino (made for the first time in 1996) and since 1990, the Guado al Tasso Bolgheri DOC Superiore from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes.

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2014 Tignanello, Antinori, Toscana, Tuscany, Italy
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2014
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2016 Guado al Tasso Antinori, Tuscany, Italy
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2016
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2016 Tignanello, Antinori, Toscana, Tuscany, Italy
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2016
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2011 Tignanello, Antinori, Tuscany
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2011
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2014 Solaia, Antinori, Tuscany, Italy
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2014
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2012 Matarocchio, Bolgheri Superiore, Guado Al Tasso, Tuscany, Italy
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2012
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2005 Solaia, Marchesi Piero Antinori Italy
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2005
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2015 Cervaro della Sala, Antinori, Umbria, Italy
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2015
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2013 Guado al Tasso, Antinori
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2013
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2012 Solaia, Marchesi Piero Antinori
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2012 Tignanello, Antinori, Tuscany, Italy
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2012
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2012 Guado al Tasso, Antinori
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2012
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2007 Tignanello, Antinori, Tuscany
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2007
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2008 Cervaro della Sala, Castello della Sala, Antinori, Umbria, Italy
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2008
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2007 Cervaro della Sala, Castello della Sala, Antinori, Umbria, Italy
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2007
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2016 Solaia, Marchesi Piero Antinori Italy
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2016
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2016 Il Bruciato, Bolgheri DOC, Guado al Tasso
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2016
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2014 Guado al Tasso, Antinori, Italy
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2014
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2011 Matarocchio, Bolgheri Superiore, Guado Al Tasso, Tuscany, Italy
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2011
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2006 Solaia, Marchesi Piero Antinori
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2006
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2010 Solaia, Antinori, Tuscany
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2010
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2015 Tignanello, Antinori, Tuscany, Italy
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2015
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2015 Guado al Tasso, Antinori
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2015
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2009 Guado al Tasso, Antinori
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2009
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2015 Solaia, Marchesi Piero Antinori
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2015
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2013 Solaia, Marchesi Piero Antinori
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2013
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2013 Tignanello, Antinori, Tuscany
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2013
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2009 Solaia, Marchesi Piero Antinori
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2009
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2015 Matarocchio, Tenuta Guado Al Tasso, Italy
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2015
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2017 Cervaro della Sala, Antinori, Umbria, Italy
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