Tuscany, summer, no destination on our itinerary. We just wanted to drive around the beautiful area of Chianti and we bounced in front of an amazing architecture that was camouflaging with the hills around covered with vineyards, half-way between Florence and Siena. 

We drove into the little dirt road and we immediately found out that we were in Cantina Antinori, a place where tradition and innovation coexist in perfect harmony, a winery that reveals the past, present and future of the Antinori family. 

The winery is built entirely with locally sourced materials, respectful of the surrounding environment and the Tuscan landscape. It overlooks the countryside from a terrace surrounded by vineyards planted with Chianti Classico’s most typical grape, Sangiovese, together with other varieties that were historically planted nearby:  Canaiolo, Ciliegiolo, Colorino, Malvasia Nera, and Mammolo. A small area is dedicated to international vines, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. 

 The winery was designed for gravity flow vinification and to guarantee ideal climatic conditions for wine production and aging, by using completely natural elements. Designed to have a low environmental impact and maximum energy savings, the winery has an unusual and fascinating structure.  

Mostly invisible on the hill, the winery’s façade appears as two elegant horizontal cuts in the Tuscan landscape and its most spectacular feature is the impressive spiral staircase that connects the building’s three levels.