AT A GLANCE:
Name of wine estate: Antinori nel Chianti Classico
Wine region: Tuscany
Standout points: Dazzling winery, wines and art
Winemaker: Albiera Antinori
Wine style: Supertuscans and luxurious Chiantis
First family of Tuscan wine
Creator of such iconic Supertuscans as Tignanello and Solaia, the Antinori family has been making wine since 1385, when, records show, Giovanni di Piero Antinori became a member of the Florentine Winemakers’ Guild. The family’s 26 generations of winemaking history have been suitably commemorated – and revealed to the public – through the dazzling Antinori winery and museum in Bargino.
An architectural vision
The winery is a true architectural marvel – postmodern, industrial, sacred and invisible. Yes, practically invisible, so subtle is the design of this three-level, mostly subterranean structure. It appears from a distance as two elegant horizontal slits that cross the Tuscan hillside, its composition echoing the sinuous profiles of the surrounding hills, studded with Sangiovese vines, olive groves and historic churches. The building’s three levels are connected by a spectacular spiral staircase, the winery’s most distinctive feature. Below ground, the winery was designed for gravity-flow winemaking – a method allowing for gentle handling of the grapes and preservation of their unique aromatic compounds – while terracotta vaults, with their reddish-brown tones evoking the earthy hues of the region’s soil, cradle the family’s wines like sacred treasures.
Experience the legacy
While carefully designed to ensure optimum quality of Antinori’s matchless wines, it is also finely tuned to the optimum visitor experience. These are personalised to suit visitor’s specific needs and interests, and encompass tastings of the estate wines and tours of the stunning museum – home to the Antinori Art Project, which complements the family’s historic art collection with selected works from leading contemporary artists. There is also fine dining in the Rinuccio 1180 restaurant – named in honour of the forefather of the Antinori family, Rinuccio degli Antinori – located on the roof with dreamlike views of the Tuscan landscape.