This winery has a long and well-established history passed down through 26 generations. It footsteps can be traced back to 1385 when Giovanni di Piero Antinori became a member of the Arte Fiorentina dei Vinattieri, the Florentine Winemakers’ Guild. The family has been making wine for 26 generations, making Antinori the 10th oldest family-owned company in the world.
All throughout its history, twenty-six generations long, the Antinori family has managed the business directly making innovative and sometimes bold decisions while upholding the utmost respect for traditions and the environment. It holds a number of historic firsts. Its Solaia was the first Italian wine to be named the ‘World’s Number One Wine’ by Wine Spectator in 1997, while in 1985 Piero was the first Italian to be named Decanter’s ‘Man of the Year’ – the second was the late Giacomo Tachis, Antinori’s winemaker, who was given the honour in 2011.
Each vintage, each plot of land, each new idea to be advanced is a new beginning, a new pursuit for achieving higher quality standards. As Marchese Piero loves to say: “Ancient family roots play an important part in our philosophy but they have never hindered our innovative spirit.”
The winery itself is an amazing architecture. Completed at the end of 2012, the 50,000-square-metre Antinori Winery was conceived as an invisible building whose body merges with the folds of the hillside. The tiered roof is entirely covered with farmland and a pair of sliced openings infilled with glass are the only things that reveal the presence of the structure at all. The lowest levels are dedicated to the storage and production of wine, while the upper level contains visitor facilities that include a museum, a library, an auditorium and areas for wine tasting and shopping. Its creation marked the first time Antinori was ever opened to the public.