The Tenuta Tignanello estate is located between the Greve and Pesa river valleys in the heart of the Chianti Classico appellation. between the two hamlets of Montefiridolfi and Santa Maria a Macerata, 30 kilometers (19 miles) to the south of the city of Florence.
In these 127 hectares (320 acres) of vineyards, the Antinori family, more than anywhere else, has expressed its principles and working philosophy: reconcile tradition and modernity with wines which are strictly and authentically tied to their territories of origin. Solaia and Tignanello, the due iconic wines of the estate, have been defined by the international press as “among the most influential wines in the viticultural history of Italy” and are a constant symbol for the Antinori family of a continuous challenge, one driven by pure passion.
The historian Carocci, in his historical-artistic guide to the town of San Casciano Val di Pesa, written in 1829, described Tignanello, a farm with an extensive vineyard, as one of the highest and most picturesque points of the entire township territory. On the top of the hill, thanks to its panoramic position and the fertility of the vegetation, could be found a small group of houses, some of which were very old indeed.
The current patrician villa, Renaisance (16th century) in style, was built on the foundations of a property which went all the way back to the year 1346, when it, along much of the Pesa river valley, belonged to the Buondelmonti family. It was then sold to the Niccolini, which renamed it Poggio Niccolini and, over the years, passed to various local noble families. In the 17th century it was sold to a cadet branch of the Medici family which named it Fonte dei Meidic and then, in the mid-19th century, to the Antinori.
Images Tignanello (Antinori)