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The hills of Chianti : the story of a Tuscan winemaking family, in seven bottles
Antinori, Piero.
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Profumo del Chianti. English
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New York, NY : Rizzoli ex libris, 2014.
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230 pages ; 22 cm
"The head of Italy's 'first family' of winemaking reflects on the Antinoris' six-hundred-year legacy and a life of good food and drink in the hills of Tuscany. If you know wine, you know the name Antinori. Since 1385, this noble Florentine family has produced some of Italy's finest wines. The Hills of Chianti tells the story of the Antinoris and the Tuscany they call home, through seven iconic bottles that define their legacy. From the Tignanello that ushered in the era of Super Tuscans to limited-edition vintages, these wines embody a way of life and will excite oenophile readers and lovers of Italy alike. In this family memoir Piero Antinori reveals the passion, tradition, and love of craft that have driven twenty-seven generations of vintners: from the first ancestor who signed up to the winemakers guild in the fourteenth century to Antinori's own three daughters, poised to carry this most celebrated family of artisans into the future. But The Hills of Chianti is about much more than wine. At its heart the Antinori story is about "Tuscan-ness": a connection to the land, an appreciation for good food and drink, and the quintessentially Italian love of hospitality that make this one of the world's most inspiring and memorable destinations"--Jacket.
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"Originally published in Italy as Il Profumo del Chianti"--Title page verso.
Montenisa Brut Rosé : sowing the future -- Villa Antinori : becoming a winemaker -- Solaia : growing a style -- Tignanello : reinventing wine -- Cervaro Della Sala : Umbria and Tuscany -- Antica Napa Valley : making wines in the world -- Mezzo Braccio Monteloro : opening a winery.
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For readers interested in the story of wine, but who will appreciate a decidedly more old-world and storied approach, a family memoir from one of the oldest winemaking dynasties in the world. As much about what it means to be Tuscan (that magic word) as it is about loving good food and drink, it will appeal to dedicated oenophiles, and anyone who's fallen under the spell of Italy's most famous and visited region. The head of Italy's "First Family" of winemaking reflects on the Antinoris' 600-year legacy, and a life of good food and drink in the hills of Tuscany.

Author Notes

Marchese Piero Antinori is president of Marchesi Antinori, one of the most historic and prestigious names in Tuscan viticulture. The Antinori estate today is a multi-layered wine conglomerate with operations in Italy and around the world. Most recent in a long list of recognitions, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Wine Enthusiast magazine in 2009 for "bringing Italy to the forefront of world enology in terms of innovation, quality and recognition."

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Prestigious Tuscan vintner Antinoris elucidating work on the consolidation and growth of an old Italian wine-making family serves as a promotion of his products across the world as well. Known especially for its Villa Antinoni Chianti Classico, the family company reinvented itself over the decades by continually embracing new vineyards, both in Italy and in Californias Napa Valley, and by adapting to and incorporating new varietals, such as its Montenisa Brut Rose, Solaia, Tignanello, or Cervaro della Sala wines, to name a few. Having started in the family business as an inspector, Antinori excelled at drumming up new business through travel and took the helm in 1966 (he is the 25th head of the Antinori family, which means they got started in the medieval era). He freely admits to some business mistakes he made over the years, such as when he discounted the ability of his three daughters, Albiera, Allegra, and Alessia, to take over the business in the mid-1980s and instead joined an eight-year partnership with the British corporation Samuel Whitbread. (Antinori resumed ownership of the ancestral Palazzo Antinori in Florence, and now seems to be ceding the reins of the company to his talented daughters gradually.) The authors well-founded experience in expanding the global market for Italian wines, as well as his genuine passion for his work and deep knowledge of the Italian terroir, informs this useful perspective for entrepreneurial readers. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. 1
1 Montenisa Brut Rose Sowing the Futurep. 3
2 Villa Antinori Becoming a Winemakerp. 25
3 Solaia Growing a Stylep. 47
4 Tignanello Reinventing Winep. 93
5 Cervaro Della Sala Umbria and Tuscanyp. 129
6 Antica Napa Valley Making Wines in the Worldp. 159
7 Mezzo Braccio Monteloro Opening a Wineryp. 191
Technical Notesp. 219