Antinori is an example of where big is beautiful in the wine world: comprising ten estates in Tuscany and Umbria with 1400 hectares under vine. The hugely respected Antinori family itself has a distinguished history of winemaking and banking in Tuscany dating back to the 13th Century – that’s 26 generations!
Antinori's premiere wine is the Tignanello, which was first made in 1971 when it caused massive controversy for being the first wine to include Cabernet Sauvignon in a Sangiovese-based blend; but it wasn't long before other blends were popping up all over Tuscany and the (now legendary) Super Tuscan style was born. The Solaia (lit. the sunny one) is drawn from carefully selected grapes from the vineyard of the same name: a direct continuation of Antinori's Tignanello plot. Six hundred years of family winemaking skills and traditions have gone into making the Solaia. Robert Parker, the world's most influential wine critic commented: "If a first-growth Pauillac were made in Tuscany, this would be it!"