The Antinori Family
The Antinori family has been making wine for a long time—as in over 600 years long and across 26 generations. To many, 600 years sounds like an eternity which makes it hard to wrap your head around, kind of like infinity or black holes. So here’s a mini history lesson to give a frame of reference. In 1368, just 17 years before Giovanni di Piero Antinori became part of the Arte Fiorentina dei Vinattieri and began making wine in 1385, the Ming Dynasty in China had just risen to power. Michelangelo was born in 1475, and when Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492 to discover the Americas, the Antinoris had already been making wine for 107 years.>
Be it your family or the Antinoris, the dynamics of most family relationships are quite similar—they have their moments. So it’s surprising, maybe even astonishing, that the Antinori family has always personally managed the business. Even today it’s still family owned with Marchese Piero Antinori at the helm and his three brainy and beautiful daughters, Albiera, Allegra, and Alessia, all passionately involved in the business. So unlike many dynasties that wither and fall, the passing of time making their demise romantically tragic, the Antinori’s reputation has not only carried-on, but grown.
It hasn’t always been easy, but the family has their feet firmly planted in the ground. Their name has long been synonymous with the regions of Tuscany and Umbria where their vineyards grace some of the best land for quality wine production. But none to rest on their laurels, the family invested in other regions in Italy and abroad in a quest to promote new terroirs ripe with growing potential…like Napa Valley. It all comes back to their guiding principles—embracing instinct, quality, and passion over impulsiveness and extravagance—that make them one of the leading Italian producers of fine wines around the world.