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Antinori’s Italian Escape, A Journey Through History for Two Couples | Lot 132
Following the Summer of Antinori dinners, the Patrons’ Dinner and now l’Eté du Vin, we can imagine you have well-developed a taste for Antinori wines, and probably a craving for more! This exclusive trip will fulfill that craving, and then some! It showcases Italy through the Antinori lens.
Two couples will experience the opportunity of a lifetime, and visit the estates, drink in the history, walk the vineyards and savor the 635 year legacy that is Antinori’s Italy.
Sunday – Day 1
After landing in Rome you’ll have the day to explore or sleep, whatever you need to do to be ready for the real work that lies ahead. You’ll have a transfer to your hotel (property TBD), and another transfer in the morning to whisk you away to the world of Antinori.
Monday – Day 2
You’ll start your day with an arrival at Castello della Sala Estate, located in Umbria, a short distance from the Tuscan border, near the historic city of Orvieto. Built in 1350, the estate is a magnificent medieval manor with 1236 acres with 420 acres under vine. This is White Wine territory, and you’ll see traditional varieties such as Procanico and Grechetto and also Chardonnay,
Sauvignon Blanc, Sèmillon, Pinot Blanc, Viognier, and a small quantity of Traminer and Riesling. There is one exception to the white varietal rule as Pinot Noir has found ideal growing conditions in this area. You’ll experience a tour, tasting and lunch at the estate, and then have the afternoon and evening free to tour the historic town of Orvieto. Your overnight accommodations are at Castello della Sala.
Tuesday – Day 3
Tuesday is for Tignanello, and you’ll transfer to Tenuta Tignanello Estate in the heart of Chianti Classico. The estate’s two signature wines, Solaia and Tignanello, are produced from prized vineyards on the same hillside and have been defined by the international press as “among the most influential wines in the history of Italian viticulture.” Not only will your next two nights be spent at Villa Tignanello, you’ll also experience a tour, tasting and lunch on site. And for dinner? You’ll head to Osteria di Passignano, founded in 2000 by Marcello Crini, a great connoisseur and enthusiast of the traditional Tuscan cuisine and wine culture; and Allegra Antinori. The Antinori family owns the vineyards around the Abbey, from which the Chianti Classico Reserve wine “Badia a Passignano” is produced, and which is aged in the cellars beneath the monastery. The Osteria di Passignano rediscovers and represents the places so rich in tradition and passion for wine and has earned one Michelin star.
Wednesday – Day 4
Today you visit the iconic and innovative Antinori nel Chianti Classico. Designed to have a low environmental impact and maximum energy savings, the winery is an unusual and fascinating structure. It was inaugurated in October 2012 affirming the historical bond between the Antinori family and their ancestral territory. After taking in the sights, you can head upstairs. Located on the roof is the winery’s signature restaurant Rinuccio 1180, a structure with wide picture windows that gives guests a breathtaking view of the soft rolling Tuscan hillside scattered with olive groves and historic churches. You have a free afternoon following lunch, and you’ll want to head towards the historic city center of Florence. Awaiting you is dinner at Cantinetta Antinori. Opened in 1957 on the ground floor of Palazzo Antinori, one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture from the mid 1400’s, this project was strongly desired by the Antinori family as it represented a return to past traditions.
Thursday – Day 5
Thursday finds you saying goodbye Tignanello, and hello Guado al Tasso! Tenuta Guado al Tasso is surrounded by an idyllic natural landscape of 740 acres of vineyards, forests, olive groves, Mediterranean flora, sunflowers and cereal fields. The Mediterranean climate ensures balanced growing conditions throughout the year – an ideal prerequisite for early ripening grape varieties. No other winery in the Bolgheri region can boast such a high number of vines as Guado al Tasso. Besides the local Sangiovese, the international varieties Merlot, Cabernet and Syrah are cultivated. Petit Verdot and Vermentino are further variations of the wine portfolio. Here you’ll be treated to a tour, tasting, and lunch. Your afternoon and evening are free today, and your overnight accommodations are at Guado al Tasso Estate.
Friday – Day 6
As you head closer to Rome today, the Antinori history lessons continue. Today you visit Tenuta Principe Alberico for a tour and lunch. The history of this company begins with Alberico Boncompagni Ludovisi, Prince of Venosa, who inherited a land on the Appia Antica in 1946, where he decided to plant a limited number of rows of four vines: Merlot, Cabernet, Semillon and
Malvasia di Candia, to be cultivated according to the forerunners of modern organic farming. Over time, the Prince began to produce one red and two white wines with unique character. The history of these labels is linked to the legend of a man reluctant to sell his products in order to protect his particular relationship with the grapes; when he felt he could no longer guarantee them the due care and attention he decided to eliminate almost all the rows. Allegra, Albiera and Alessia Antinori, the three grandchildren, decide to restart the Estate from the surviving vines, completely renewing the way of living and working, without forgetting the family legacy. After your visit you have free time, and your overnight accommodations are at Villa di Fiorano. This historic residence is immersed in almost 10 acres of garden and has recently been completely renovated. Now owned by Albiera, Allegra, and Alessia Antinori, it is said it has regained the charm of its origin and the care of the garden leaves every visitor to Villa di Fiorano ecstatic. Also, if you are a fan of 007 movies, you might recognize the pool area from the recent flick, Spectre.
Saturday – Day 7
You have a transfer back to the airport as you contemplate your whirlwind tour through the world of Antinori, full of photos, mementos, wine notes and cherished memories.
This 6-night trip for two couples includes:
Accommodations at the following Antinori Estates:
• Castello della Sala
• Villa Tignanello
• Guado al Tasso
• Villa di Fiorano
• 4 Lunches at Antinori properties
• 2 Dinners at Antinori’s restaurants
• Private car with driver upon request
• Overnight in Rome to start the trip
Restrictions: Trip must be taken by December 15, 2023. Reservations to be made three months in advance of travel. Reservation is based on availability. Trip does not include airfare or rental car. Trip restrictions apply, see Trip Guidelines in the Auction Rules and Reference section of the catalog.
Donated by Marchesi Antinori