Domain: Guado al Tasso
Established in Florence since the early 13th century in the historic Chianti region, the Antinori family continued to trade in cloth and wine, with the latter gradually dominating their business. In the 16th century, Antinori wine's reputation extended beyond Italy's borders. In 1898, their estate was officially founded: "Fattoria dei Marchesi Lodovico e Piero Antinori". 26 generations later, their story continues to this day. The Marquis Piero Antinori heads up the estate. Located in Florence on the banks of the Arno, the Palazzo Antinori is still the family home. In 1995, Piero bought 182 hectares of vineyards in Montalcino as well as 95 hectares in southern Tuscany. The vineyard grew over the following years, and the family purchased (or established) a host of Tuscan estates (Procacci, Tormaresca, Masseria Maime, Le Mortelle, Montenisa). 2002 saw the first Albaclara vintage (a Chilean Sauvignon Blanc).
This wine's name comes from a rather peculiar event: badgers crossing a ford (Guado al tasso). The estate is located around 90 kilometres south-west of Florence, close to the medieval town of Bolgheri. It encompasses over 1,000 hectares of land, vineyards, grain crops and olive trees. The vineyard is located between 45 and 60 metres of altitude on silty soil. The first Guado al Tasso vintage is 1990.