Marchesi Antinori Chianti Classico Cellar

| February 10, 2013

The Antinori Family Announces Opening Of Its

Marchesi Antinori Chianti Classico Cellar


Marchesi Antinori, the family-owned Italian wine company that has shaped the wine industry and culture over the past 625 years, has announced the official opening of its revolutionary, state-of-the-art facility in Bargino, Italy: Marchesi Antinori Chianti Classico Cellar.  This groundbreaking project, scheduled to open to the public in the spring of 2013, will be the first time in Antinori’s illustrious history that visitors will be able experience the family’s winemaking process first-hand, learn about the family’s history and view the family’s prized, centuries-old art collection.

The project, masterminded by the 25th and 26th generations of Antinori (Marchese Piero Antinori and his daughters, Albiera, Allegra and Alessia) was initially conceived in 2005, with the idea of presenting the deep-rooted wine tradition and continuous innovation of the family company. The Antinoris explain that, “tradition, in essence, is simply an innovation which has shown its validity over time. The concept for our new cellar is based on this conviction.”

antinori staircaseLocals and visitors will now be able to look into the company’s 26-generation history and future through a multi-faceted project that includes a winery, restaurant, auditorium, museum, wine and book shop. Located 20 minutes outside of Florence and 30 minutes outside of Siena, this will be a must-see attraction that combines centuries of experience, yet astonishingly delivers quite contemporary results. “The project represents history, but, more importantly, it’s a new vision for the forthcoming 26 generations of Antinori. It pleases us to think that hard work and passion will continue into the future, using this facility as a foundation to build upon tradition without being subjected to it,” explains Marchese Piero Antinori.

Over the past seven years the Antinoris have brought together some of the most talented artists within Italy to bring their vision to life. The collaborations began with one of Italy’s leading architects, Marco Casamonti – founder of the Archea Associati studio – who developed an extraordinary work of architecture hidden amongst the olive groves, vineyards and oak trees, quite literally within the hillside underbelly covered with vines. A temple dedicated to wine, but above all an homage to the Tuscan landscape.

Concealed within antinori top viewa hill in Chianti Classico, the expansive facility unveils an entire underground world of Antinori. The only site to be seen from street level is the restaurant terrace looking out onto the expansive Chianti vineyards. Below are several levels of contemporary architecture that house: a winery and tasting room where the full portfolio of Antinori wines can be tasted; a museum featuring pieces from Antinori’s historic art collection; a wine and book shop and more.  Stationed between each of the attractions are remarkable sculptures and icons by artist collaborators, which demonstrate incredible artistry and philosophical meaning.

The Marchesi Antinori Chianti Classico Cellar will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission into the facility will be 20 Euro (roughly $27 USD) and tickets can be purchased onsite or in advance via their website.




Since the family has maintained a strong relationship with the Michelin starred restaurant Osteria di Passignano and the Antinori family owns the surrounding vineyards and creates the Chianti Classico Reserve wine, Badia a Passignano – it was only natural for them to bring that success with them to the Marchesi Antinori Chianti Classico Cellar restaurant.  The kitchen will be run by Chef Matteo Gambi of Osteria di Passignano and the menu will offer typical dishes and exclusively highlight products from the Chianti region.   The restaurant, seating 60-100 people daily (depending on the season) will officially open in March 2013.

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At the new property the Antinori family will produce Pèppoli, Villa Antinori and Vinsanto Tenute, all award-winning and carefully crafted wines The Antinori organic olive oil, Pèppoli, will eventually be produced on site as well.

Since 1385 the Antinori family has carried on their mastery of winemaking, producing exceptional wines and is one of the only families who can claim such prestige. This Marchesi Antinori Chianti Classico Cellar project undoubtedly represents the continued passion that the brand has carried for centuries and will carry for centuries to come.