In Bargino, a hamlet of San Casciano in Val di Pesa, in the Chianti Classico area between Firenze and Siena, not far from the Via Cassia, there is a wormhole to the future: the new headquarter of the modernly equipped Marchesi Antinori nel Chianti Classico Winery, which began its operations in 2012 and opened to the public in 2013. Antinori is not merely a winery. The property has 14 hectares of land, which includes vineyards, olive groves and oak woods.
More than just a winery
The current owners of the Marchesi Antinori winery belong to the 26th generation of the Antinori marquisate. The new winery is located in the heart of the Chianti Classico region. From the entrance, a pathway leads to a large terrace overlooking the countryside, dominated by a 4ha vineyard. Wine is what links all the quarters - the fermentation cellar, the barrel room, the cask room, the museum, the book shop, the restaurant, the conference hall and, last but not least, the selection food shop - making Marchesi Antinori more than just a winery. Visitors can see how the wine is produced and wine experts can taste the wines paired with Tuscan delicacies.
An environmentally conscious company
Antinori is a gravity flow winery. The first phase of wine production occurs at the top floor, where the grapes are collected, and continues downwards. This means no pumps are used, saving space and electricity. This production system is less traumatic to the wine and allows to obtain a more balanced and elegant wine, with softer tannins. The barrels are not refrigerated but kept in a naturally cool place at 13-17°C. Antinori never lost its focus on high-quality wine, such as Villa Antinori, Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva, Vinsanto del Chianti Classico and Pèppoli Chianti Classico, but one should not fail to also mention the Pèppoli Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, another source of pride.