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Marchesi Antinori Support “Opera For Everybody"

Marchesi Antinori is one of the main sponsor of the fundraising campaign “Opera for Everyone” created by Opera di Firenze (OF) and launched on Kickstarter on June 1st. The program aims to make OF’s productions more widely accessible to audiences around the world, and to spur a renaissance of interest in opera from Florence, the heart of the Renaissance and the birthplace of opera. 

 

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With a target goal of €300,000 (approximately $330,000), OF’s Kickstarter funds will make possible the expansion of the organization’s live-streaming of its productions, create a digital venue, where the audiences will be able to attend the performances either live or on demand, on-site exhibitions and programs to support audience engagement both locally and internationally and will be the first theatre in the world to offer an extraordinary possibility to anyone: an innovative an brand new portal available to all; anyone from the comfort of their own home can “enter” the Opera di Firenze to make themselves heard and known: a fantastic virtual stage – door for musicians, singers, directors, scenographer. The Kickstarter campaign is backed by a range of many rewards. In particular the Marchesi Antinori rewards released for the moment are “Bottaia” visit at Antinori Chianti Classico winery and a visit of Antica in Napa Valley – CA. In the next week will be new rewards by Marchesi Antinori.

 

 

Tignanello. A Tuscan history ", released in bookstores

I am 76 years-old, have been the head of the company for 49 years, and have a surname that has existed for at least seven centuries.

Since then, more or less, this surname has been associated with wine, from the Middle Ages to the Milan Expo 2015; it has come a long way. Even today, while the twenty-seventh generation of my family begins working in the vineyards, and while the 2012 vintage is almost ready, resting in the cellar waiting, I would like this to be both the story of a place and a wine that bear the same name. And, I would like it to also somehow be the story of how every great wine is created and aged (...)*.

Piero Antinori

 

With these words, Piero Antinori introduces his book dedicated to Tignanello, the wine that the influential WineSpectator magazine has called "the most influential wine in the history of Italy."

A revolutionary wine both in Italy and abroad that even today, after more than four decades, is one of the best-known Italian label in the world. The idea, people, places and the genesis of a unique wine.

Passionate words accompanied by stunning images: "Tignanello. A Tuscan history ", released in bookstores, is a trip down memory lane of the Marchese Piero Antinori.

A story told in the first person that begins in 1971, year of birth of Tignanello, the result of choices so bold as innovative: for the first time is exceeded the specification of the area, using the malolactic fermentation and aging in oak barrels is passed. A wine from Tuscany heart, universally regarded as "the architect of the renaissance of Italian wine" as it has marked the new course Italian wine. An icon, a symbol. Excellence traced by the words of the Marchese Piero Antinori, the soul of one of the most historic wine families.

 

As one of the most celebrated wineries in Italy, the owners of the Antinori Estate seeked to enhance their surrounding landscape as an expression of the cultural and social importance of the place where their wine is produced.

Martini Light worked closely with the project team from Archea Associates of Florence to devise a scheme and luminaire selection which was sympathetic to the natural materials used whilst reinforcing the volumous spaces within.

 

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The site is surrounded by the unique hills of Chianti, covered with vineyards, half-way between Florence and Siena. The purpose of the project was to merge the building and the rural landscape; the industrial complex appears to be a part of the latter thanks to the roof, which has been turned into a plot of farmland cultivated with vines, interrupted, along the contour lines, by two horizontal cuts which let light into the interior and provide those inside the building with a view of the landscape through the imaginary construction of a diorama. The façade, to use an expression typical of buildings, therefore extends horizontally along the natural slope, paced by the rows of vines which, along with the earth, form its “roof cover”. The openings or cuts discreetly reveal the underground interior: offices and areas where the wine is produced are arranged along the lower, and the bottling and storage areas along the upper. The secluded heart of the winery where the wine matures in barrels, with sequenced terracotta vaults, guarantees the ideal thermo-hygrometric conditions for the slow maturing of the product.

 

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The architectural section of the building reveals that the structure follows both the production process of the grapes which descend (as if by gravity) – from the point of arrival, to the fermentation tanks to the underground barrel vault – and that of the visitors who on the contrary ascend from the parking area to the winery and the vineyards, through the production and display areas with the press, the area where vinsanto is aged, to finally reach the restaurant and the floor hosting the auditorium, the museum, the library, the wine tasting areas and the sales outlet.

 

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The offices, the administrative areas and executive offices, located on the upper level, are paced by a sequence of internal courts illuminated by circular holes scattered across the vineyard-roof. The materials and technologies evoke the local tradition of simplicity, both in the use of terracotta and in the use of energy produced naturally by the earth to cool and insulate the winery, creating the ideal climatic conditions for the production of wine.

 

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Wine Legend Marchese Piero Antinori Named Honored Vintner for 2015 Naples Winter Wine Festival

Marchese Piero Antinori, president of Marchesi Antinori, one of the most historic and prestigious names in Italian winemaking, has been selected as the Honored Vintner for the 2015 Naples Winter Wine Festival (NWWF), a premier charity wine auction. The Naples Winter Wine Festival, which will take place from January 23-25 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, FL, also unveiled 40 other world-renowned vintners who will participate in the 2015 festival.

“I am excited and thrilled for having been selected as the 2015 Honored Vintner,” said Marchese Piero Antinori. “It’s the first time that an Italian producer has received such an honor at the Naples Winter Wine Festival, and I consider it a great tribute to all wines and vintners of my country.”

Each year, one vintner, who has significantly contributed to the Naples Winter Wine Festival, is asked to represent his/her fellow vintners. Marchesi Antinori, which dates back to the 14th century and now boasts 27 generations of wine producers, is famous for three of the world’s most iconic wines: Tignanello, Solaia, and Guado al Tasso. Regarded as a pioneer and innovator, Marchese Piero Antinori has almost single-handedly changed the way wine is produced in Italy, having been credited with propelling the Super Tuscan wines to the forefront of Italian winemaking. 2015 will mark his fifth appearance at the Naples Winter Wine Festival.

In addition to Marchese Antinori, this year’s event will feature some of the most talented and respected vintners from three dozen wineries in 15 global wine-producing regions, seven countries, and four continents, in the northern and southern hemispheres. These top vintners have created some of the most sought-after and collectable wines in the world. They are regularly recognized for their contributions by wine enthusiasts across the globe.

“Each participating vintner is a giant in the industry, and we are thrilled that they are volunteering their time and talent to this amazing event,” said Sandi Moran, Vintner Chair and Co-Chair of the 2015 festival. “These renowned vintners, paired with the finest chefs and our country’s most generous philanthropists, will help raise millions of dollars for underprivileged and at-risk children.”

 

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The Antinori family has been involved in the production of wine for over six centuries, ever since, in 1385, Giovanni di Piero Antinori entered as a member, the “Arte Fiorentina”, the Winemakers’ Guild of the city of Florence. During this entire long period, thorough twenty six generations, the family has always directly managed this work with courageous and, at times, innovative decisions, but always maintaining, unaltered, a fundamental respect for tradition and for the territory in which they have operated.

 

Today the firm is run by Marquis Piero Antinori with the support of his three daugthers, Albiera, Allegra, and Alessia, directly involved in the work of the house. Tradition, passion, and intuition have been the three driving principles which have led the Marquis Antinori firm to become a leader in Italian wine.

 

Each and every vintage, each and every separate area, each and every idea which is to be put into practice is a new beginning, a new search for higher quality standards. As Marquis Piero Antinori likes to repreat: “ancient roots play an important role in our work. But have never been a limit to our innovative spirit”. The estates in Tuscany and Umbria, the historic patrimony of the family, have been joined, over time, by investments in other territories with an important potential for high level wine both in Italy and abroad, in places where it would be possible to begin working for a larger prestige and wider awareness of the family’s ability to produce outstanding wine.

 

The Marchesi Antinori firm expresses its passion for viticulture by a constant search for even the smallest areas for quality improvement. For this reason, continuous experiments go forward both in the vineyards and in the cellars, seeking new clones of local and international grape varieties, experimenting cultivation techniques, vineyard altitudes, fermentation practices an temperatures, modern and traditional fermentation methods, different types of oak for aging and different sizes and age for the casks and barrels themselves, and different aging times before their commercial release for the bottled wines as well.

 

“We have demonstrated, over the years, that in Tuscany and in Umbria there was the possibility of producing excellent wines, widely recognized at an international level, which showed both class and breed while maintaining their original character. Our library contains many books, but for us it is not rich enough. We have a mission which has not yet been entirely carried out, which drives us to express the vast potential of our vineyards and to reconcile both new discoveries yet to be made and the patrimony of Tuscan taste. A patrimony which includes tradition, culture, agriculture, art, and literature and which represent the identity of the Marchesi Antinori firm, ones of whose major strong points is the fact of being Tuscan or, if you prefer, our fundamentally Tuscan character”, says Piero Antinori.

  

  

The Antinori family has been part, ever since its foundation, of the PFV, the “Premium Familiae Vini”, an informal association of winemaking houses which belong to families. PFV goes beyond geographical boundaries and sustains a common unifying principle: that of the ownership of vineyards and the production of wine as a family activity to maintain and refine – just like a great wine – over time.

 

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“We have demonstrated, over the years, that in Tuscany and in Umbria there was the possibility of producing excellent wines, widely recognized at an international level, which showed both class and breed while maintaining their original character. Our library contains many books, but for us it is not rich enough. We have a mission which has not yet been entirely carried out, which drives us to express the vast potential of our vineyards and to reconcile both new discoveries yet to be made and the patrimony of Tuscan taste. A patrimony which includes tradition, culture, agriculture, art, and literature and which represent the identity of the Marchesi Antinori firm, ones of whose major strong points is the fact of being Tuscan or, if you prefer, our fundamentally Tuscan character”, says Piero Antinori.

  

  The Antinori family has been part, ever since its foundation, of the PFV, the “Premium Familiae Vini”, an informal association of winemaking houses which belong to families. PFV goes beyond geographical boundaries and sustains a common unifying principle: that of the ownership of vineyards and the production of wine as a family activity to maintain and refine – just like a great wine – over time.

 

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 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Antinori . In a tasting of  18 wines 

"New Italy" tasting with superb wines like from great vintage 2004 Masseto, Redigaffi, Messorio, Galatrona, Scrio etc.

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 Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Antinori . In a tasting of  17 wines 

1995 Signature Rosé Jacquesson.  Delicate and pale orange-hued colour. Vinous and attractively spicy nose with red berry aromas and light autolytic influence. The mouthfeel is exterely round and velvety, packed with elegant fruitiness and layers of aromas. The rich body is refreshed by a firm acidic backbone that contius equalyyt long with the wine’s persistent aftertaste. Elegant, harmonius and ripely fruity rosé champagne that is very enjoyable today but will develop harmoniously for another decade.

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 Achim Becker / Wineterminator.com, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Antinori . In a tasting of  27 wines 

A Taste of Greatness -tasting with perfect wines like Martha's Vineyards 1974, Harlan 1994, Sassicaia 1985, Pingus 1995, Yquem 1899 etc.

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 Paulius Gruodis, Pro (Lithuania)  tasted  1 wines  from  Antinori . In a tasting of  16 wines 

BYOB night with quite a few interesting wines including 1947 Montrose, 1959 Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot, 1982 Latour, and of course some lovely bubbles to prepare one's palate - 1981 Lanson Oenotheque Magnum, Louis Roederer Rose (70s) and Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle (70s).

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 Samuel Gates / Wine dealer, Pro (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Antinori . In a tasting of  25 wines 

At some ten hectares in total area, Lavaux St Jacques is one of the largest and most prolific delineations within the greater Commune of Gevrey Chambertin. Planted to the southerly facing aspects of Combe de Lavaux, the quarter is defined by weathered limestone soils which formed part of a drainage canal into the flood plains at the centre of the Commune. A unique mesoclime of sunnier days for developed esters, followed by cooler night breezes for slower ripening, makes muscular, darkly fruited wines of bucolic savouryness and alluvial minerality.

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 Michael Jones, Wine Blogger (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Antinori . In a tasting of  8 wines 

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou 1961 was opened and decanted 20 minutes before we began. The fading brick red color gave away the wine’s age. It offered an surprisingly robust, perfumed nose. A little sweet fruit framed by plenty of spice, earth and leather. Later on, tobacco notes emerged and eventually dominated. On the palate, the wine was a silky seductress, showing black cherry fruit entwined with spice, leather and a bit of earthy ‘barnyard’. Very silky and smooth with surprising body. It held up well even after two hours of air time. It might have lasted longer too, but I couldn’t keep my hands off the glass! Remarkable balance. It had all the elements in seamless glory. A classic mature Bordeaux. Very, very special.

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Antinori . In a tasting of  39 wines 

I was invited to dine at Da Marco’s, where ten locals had congregated with an assortment of fine wines and company. We started with a couple bottles of 1985 Krug, which got the party started, but I didn’t take any notes.


The notes began with a trio of 2005 Niellons, starting with the Clos St. Jean, which was smoky, toasty with lots of rocks, minerals and ‘gaspipe.’ It was round but balanced, lacking a touch of definition (90). The Les Chaumees was simpler and easier, just OK, not as interesting as the Clos St. Jean (87). The Les Vergers had the biggest finish and the most acidity. It was brighter and the most intense of the three (91).

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 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  9 wines  from  Antinori . In a tasting of  21 wines 

“This was the tasting hosted by one of Australia's top importers, Negociants, for their Working with Wine program. Run every two years, it is a wonderful event, a series of seminars with top winemakers around the country (Yquem is the next, later this year). This time it was Tuscany focusing on Antinori and Isole. ”

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 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  9 wines  from  Antinori . In a tasting of  21 wines 

“This was the tasting hosted by one of Australia's top importers, Negociants, for their Working with Wine program. Run every two years, it is a wonderful event, a series of seminars with top winemakers around the country (Yquem is the next, later this year). This time it was Tuscany focusing on Antinori and Isole. ”

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 Ken Gargett, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  2 wines  from  Antinori . In a tasting of  19 wines 

“This was a fabulous Italian lunch (at Tartuffe in Brisbane). The idea is everyone brings a top-notch bottle or two of the ‘theme of the day’. In this case, great Italian. That said, we kicked off with a White Burg as no one thought there was any Italian whites good enough (there was an old Vin Santo at the end of the day, but sadly I could not decipher my own notes – bad enough at any time but not helped after a day like this).
We then had the obligatory Champers and then it was into the reds. The first couple served blind, though the person who brought them felt both fell short of what they should have shown (and had before). Then it was into Piedmont and Tuscany and a fine battle for supremacy. In the end, it was Piedmont hands down. Daylight second.
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