The Marchesi Antinori family are world famous for two wines; one is Tignanello and the other Solaia, which since 1978 has become Antinori’s and one of Italy’s most prestigious wines. Solaia is a mirror reflection of Tignanello made up of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Sangiovese, Tignanello is the exact opposite.

Solaia translates loosely as ‘The sunny one’, aptly named to reflect the glorious sunshine that showers the eponymously named ten hectare vineyard;situated 350-400 metres above sea level, on wonderful terroir of calcareousrock (alberese). The site is adjacent to Tignanello in the Mercatale Val di Pesa zone of Chianti Classico, further inland than Sassicaia and Ornellaia (coastal Bolgheri) and the wine is famed for intense sweet ripe cherry and blackcurrant fruits, combined with dark chocolate, baking spices, rum cake, balsam, and tobacco.

It is interesting to note that the name Antinori can be traced to Homer’s Iliad where Prince Antenor was spared his life for allowing the wooden horse ‘bearing gifts’ to enter the gates of Troy. He fled Troy and travelled up the Adriatic to establish Venice. It is from this lineage that the House of Antinori derives their name. The Antinori family have just opened a multimillion dollar underground edifice including a museum, restaurant and tasting area just outside Florence which has been described by Angelo Gaja as “the most revolutionary event in modern Italian wine”.

Available Wines

2010 Alvaro Palacios, Ermita, Priorat DOC 6x75cl

£4,440/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate

2021 Alvaro Palacios, Ermita, Priorat DOC 3x75cl

£2,500/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate

2018 Antinori, Tignanello, IGT 6x75cl

£690/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate

2020 Antinori, Solaia, IGT 3x75cl

£700/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate