Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Saturday, October 20 2018

Italian Adventure: Chianti Classico

By: Anthony Gismondi
A visit with Albiera Antinori at the family's stunning new headquarters, Antinori nel Chianti Classico

Each week, until December, we're releasing a short film in which we take a closer look at several Italian regions.

Some you may know, others not as much, but we see them through the eyes of the people who are making the wines there. In our latest adventure we visit the new headquarters for the Marchesi Antinori family, in Chianti Classico, Tuscany. 

We spent a marvellous morning with Albiera Antinori, a member of the 26th generation of the Antinori family, who is now leading the charge towards seven centuries in the wine business. Albiera Antinori is the president of Marchesi Antinori with the continuous close support of her two sisters, Allegra and Alessia, each actively involved in the business. Like her father, the Marchese Piero Antinori, the women have paid homage to the traditions of their homeland while continuing to explore all that is possible in the modern wine world.

The Marchese Antinori, is the current Honorary President of the company, but make no mistake, change is in the wind as exemplified by our tour of the spectacular new Antinori nel Chianti Classico facility in Bargino, about a forty minute drive south of Florence. It’s been over 100 years since the entire company has come together under one roof and as the Marchese remarked, it’s going to be special for all the employees to experience the smells and the air of excitement that surrounds the harvest every year. Please join us on our latest leg of our Italian adventure, as we explore the commitment of the Antinori family to the noble sangiovese grape and the renaissance of Chianti Classico.

To watch all of our Italian adventures click here

Further study: Antinori nel Chianti Classico

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Anthony Gismondi
Anthony Gismondi

Anthony Gismondi is a Canadian wine journalist and one of North America's most influential voices in wine. For 30 years he has been the wine columnist for The Vancouver Sun. His twice-weekly column is distributed across Canada through Postmedia Network to 10 million readers. Anthony co-hosts the 20-year-strong BC Food & Wine Radio Show, which is broadcast in seven markets in B.C. and available online everywhere on iHeartRadio.ca. He launched Gismondionwine.com in 1997, attracting one million users a month from 114 countries. It continues to be a valuable resource of full tasting notes and intelligent wine stories and videos for the trade and consumers.