The 26th Generation
Albiera, Allegra and Alessia
Piero Antinori says that all three of his daughters have the two ingredients most necessary to produce fine wine: brains and passion. But all have worked hard to earn their place within the Antinori company.
Albiera Antinori is the oldest of the three daughters of Marchese Piero Antinori. Albiera was raised, like her sisters, in the family’s Palazzo Antinori – Marchesi Antinori’s home and headquarters since 1506 – in Piazza Antinori in the center of Renaissance Florence, as well as on the family’s wine estates in Chianti Classico and Bolgheri, where summers and weekends were spent helping “grow” wine.
Albiera obtained her Masters in Communication at IPSOA Business School in Milan, as well as took viticulture courses at the University of Florence and oenology courses at San Michele all’Adige. She formally joined the company in 1986 and spent a year in production, participating in several harvests and the family’s Tignanello Estate in Chianti Classico and Castello della Sala and Umbria.
She then spent 18 months working in public relations for Antinori, during which she spoke on behalf of Antinori and Italian wines before international audiences; six months in sales; and two years in brand management and company communications.
In 1995, she became general manager of Antinori’s Prunotto Piedmont winery, and now serves as Prunotto’s President and as Image & Communications Manager for Antinori and its other distributed brands.
Allegra Antinori has been involved in the family business since 1990. In addition to working in Antinori’s offices, she spent six weeks each year from 1989 to 1993 overseeing the harvest as each of the family’s wine farms. She has also taken oenology courses in Europe and worked for several months at Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa Valley in 1991. Until 1999, she was Antinori’s Director of Communications and Special Projects, traveling widely and participating in wine symposia worldwide.
She currently oversees the operations of the family’s business outside of wine production including the restaurants—La Cantinetta Antinori (in Florence, Zurich, Vienna and Moscow) and Osteria di Passignano—as well as the fine gourmet store in Florence, Procacci, and the organic food production at Guado al Tasso Estate.
Alessia Antinori is the youngest of the three daughters. She participated in harvests at the family’s Tignanello Estate in Chianti Classico and Castello della Sala in Umbria, and was educated in Florence. She graduated with a degree in Viticulture and Oenology from the Department of Food Science and Technology at the Agrarian University of Milan in January 1998 and since then has worked as oenologist for the company.
She manages the Montenisa project, new high-quality sparkling wines from the Franciacorta area and she used to travel frequently worldwide to represent the family business during international wine events.