One of the pleasures of travelling to Tuscany is experiencing wine within the famed Chianti district. Bordered by Florence, Siena, and Pisa, this picturesque region of 1,200 wine producers offers fine wine “old world” style from their antique cantinas. One of the most historic, and prolific, winemakers in Tuscany is the Antinori family and their recently opened new cellar in Chianti Classico is a spectacular addition to the Tuscan wine scene.
Winemaking for the Antinori family dates back to 1385 when Giovanni di Piero Antinori enrolled in the Arte Fiorentina dei Vinattieri, the Wine Guild of Florence. For a family whose fortune was created from silk making and banking, they have also continued their business in grapes, one now stemming 26 generations and over 600 years.
Taking seven years to build and at an estimated cost of 150 million euros, it’s a full wine experience taking visitors on the wine making journey from vineyard to bottle. A museum, detailing the history of the Antinori family from humble beginning in the 13th century until present day, adds another dimension to the experience as do various films showcasing Antinori’s 29 estates and farms shown in the sleek cinema room.
However a true wine experience wouldn’t be complete without food: restaurant Rinuccio 1180, named after the founder of the Antinori dynasty, is a modern space, light and bright with full length windows overlooking the vines serving a typical Tuscan menu using ingredients from local producers with dishes made to match the wines on offer. After a morning touring the extensive cellar, Rinuccio 1180 is an ideal the way to continue to explore the wines in the best way, by taste.
Antinori del Chianti Classico runs guided tours daily from 10am ranging from 1-2 hours including wine tastings. Should you feel enamoured to know more, the onsite shop can arrange a bespoke tasting to suit your palate plus sells bottles of their wine, and a variety of fine foods from the Antinori estates, to take home.
ANTINORI NEL CHIANTI CLASSICO
Via Cassia per Siena, 133
Loc. Bargino, 50026
San Casciano in Val di Pesa, Firenze