Antinori wines from the heart of the Chianti region, like those cultivated at the Antinori wineries of Tenuto Tignanello, Badia a Passignano or Pèppoli, bear witness to the rich tradition of the Sangiovese variety. This grape is primarily grown on the slopes of the traditional vineyards mentioned above, along with smaller amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Syrah.
We have the Sangiovese grape with its high tannin and acid content to thank for many of Tuscany's most popular red wines. Which means: without Sangiovese, there would be no Chianti Classico! The grape variety, with a minimum proportion of 80 %, constitutes the main or sole component of the wine, which epitomises the red wine region of Tuscany like no other.
Die beiden jahrhundertealten Traditionsweingüter Pèppoli und Badia a Passignano produzieren ausschließlich Chianti Classico: den Pèppoli Chianti Classico DOCG und den Badia a Passignano Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG, bestehend aus der Selektion der besten Trauben des Weinbergs der Abtei Badia a Passignano. Beide zeichnen sich durch einen rubinroten Farbton, intensive Akzente von Beeren sowie besonders samtige Tannine am Gaumen aus. Sie sind typische Vertreter ihrer Art.
This vineyard in the centre of the Chianti region was and continues to be the "laboratory" of the Antinori family. This is where new paths were taken, both in the field of cultivation and in wine making. This is also where the so-called Supertuscans originated.
Piero Antinori, der Patron der Familie Antinori, setzte sich in den 1970er-Jahren zum Ziel, den toskanischen Wein auf eine neue Qualitätsstufe zu heben. Dazu musste er sich jedoch von den engen Regeln der Chianti-Produktion lösen. Für den neu entstandenen ersten Supertoskaner, benannt nach dem Weinberg Tignanello, reduzierte Antinori den damals vorgeschriebenen Anteil an weißen Rebsorten. Später verzichtete er ganz darauf. Und er tat etwas, was vor ihm noch niemand in Italien gewagt hatte: Er baute den Sangiovese zum ersten Mal im Barrique aus.
Noch heute ist der Tignanello Toscana IGT, der aus den Trauben von Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon und Cabernet Franc hergestellt wird, einer der bekanntesten Weine der Welt – und das zu Recht, ist doch sein tiefes Rubinrot ebenso ein Genuss für das Auge wie die seidige Beschaffenheit der Tannine und das lebhafte, komplexe Finale für den Gaumen.
Neben dem Tignanello brachte die Familie Antinori noch einen zweiten weltbekannten Supertoskaner hervor – den Solaia. Der ebenfalls nach seinem Herkunftsweinberg benannte Rotwein wird im Gegensatz zu seinem Pendant hauptsächlich aus den französischen Rebsorten Cabernet Sauvignon und Cabernet Franc sowie einem Anteil Sangiovese-Trauben gekeltert.
The Antinori family's largest vineyard, Tenuta Guado al Tasso, covering 320 ha, is located in the Bolgheri DOC wine-growing region. The mild maritime climate as well as the sandy, limestone and clay soils of the region are what give the wines their incomparable character. The vineyards are mainly populated by Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot as well as Vermentino Nero and Bianco vines.
Along with a particularly aromatic, straw-yellow white wine from the autochthonous Vermentino grape variety, the Vermentino Bolgheri DOC, and a fruity rosé, the Scalabrone Bolgheri Rosato, there are also excellent red wines from this winery.
These include single-variety wines such as Matarocchio Bolgheri DOC Superiore – a single vineyard wine made from the Cabernet Franc variety – or a single-variety Merlot called Cont'Ugo Bolgheri DOC.
In addition to these, however, the Antinori wine-growing area in Livorno is best known for its outstanding cuvées, including Il Bruciato Bolgheri DOC, consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, or the excellent Guado al Tasso Bolgheri DOC Superiore, consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, plus a sprinkling of Petit Verdot. A comparison is often made between this wine and the great Supertuscans of the region. Its full-bodied character and high complexity regularly places it among the highest-rated wines in the Antinori family.
Another of Italy's smallest red wine regions is located in Tuscany, not far from Siena: Brunello di Montalcino. This region is named after the Brunello grape variety, which is actually a clone of Sangiovese, which is very common in Tuscany.
However, in contrast to Chianti Classico, Brunello is always single-varietal and one hundred percent "Sangiovese", so to speak. The Pian delle Vigne vineyard run by the Antinori family has been producing single-varietal Brunello since the 1990s now. The maturation in large barrels renders the Brunello wines of the Pian delle Vigne – such as the Pian delle Vigne Rosso di Montalcino DOC or the Pian delle Vigne Brunello di Montalcino DOCG – especially fruity and fresh reds.
The La Braccesca winery, which has been owned by the Antinori family since 1990 and is located in the heart of the Montepulciano region, boasts the perfect climate for growing Syrah. This is where Antinori produces the two Syrahs Achelo Cortona DOC and Bramasole, as well as the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, the main component of which must again be Sangiovese. These include the Braccesca Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG and the Vigneto Santa Pia Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG Riserva.
The Antinori family has also been producing white wines in Tuscany for a number of years. The Tenuta Monteloro winery, for example, turns out superb growths from the Riesling and Pinot Bianco varieties. The Le Mortelle winery in the Tuscan region of Maremma also produces an excellent white wine, which is made from the Tuscan grape varieties Vermentino and Ansonica in combination with the established grape variety of Viognier: the Vivia Maremma Toscana IGT. The Bassa Maremma region, however, is most famous for its exceptional red wines, which include the Ampio delle Mortelle Toscana IGT or the Poggio alle Nane DOC Maremma Toscana, both cuvées made from the Carménère, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grape varieties, but also the Botrosecco DOC Maremma Toscana, consisting of the two grape varieties last mentioned.
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