It was in 1981 that the Marquis Lodovico Antinori, cousin of Piero Antinori, founded the Tenuta Ornellaia, in the heart of the Bolgheri area, a few kilometers from the Mediterranean coast.
With the first harvest of 1985 was born what will become an icon among the Super Tuscans: theOrnellaia, put on the market three years later, in 1988. With the inauguration of the company, the world-famous winemaker, Michel Rolland, begins to take care of the technical part of the cellar. Subsequently, in the 90s the other two labels were born: “Le Volte” and “Le Serre Nuove”.
At the beginning of 2000, Robert Mondavi, the great Californian producer, acquires the estate, then selling the 50% to the Marchesi de 'Frescobaldi, who will buy the other 50% only three years later. The end of the 2000s also saw the birth of the “Poggio alle Gazze” label, which will be followed by the highly selected late-harvest wine “Ornus”, obtained from 100% petit manseng grapes.
A mythical cellar, therefore, which deserves the credit for having written the history of Bolgheri. With almost one hundred hectares of vineyards, to which thirteen others are added for rent, Tenuta Ornellaia has always focused on one and only goal: quality. All the decisions, all the choices, take into account every minimum and smallest detail, and from the vineyard to the final bottling, no shortcuts are allowed. During the harvest, only the finest and most balanced bunches are selected and collected, then processed separately in the cellar, based on the cru of origin. Then a year of rest in cask, and to follow the composition of the blend: everything is aimed at enhancing every little nuance of the terroir, and at enhancing the expression of each single vintage, always respecting the continuity of what can be considered the " Ornellaia style ”, synonymous with experience, competence and determination, which in the glass translate into complexity and elegance that are difficult to match.
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