Grown to be integrated into the landscape, Villa Antinori wines have been family owned for 26 years and passed down from generation to generation
Back in 1928, Niccolò Antinori decided to christen this wine with the name of the family’s villa to represent his own personal interpretation of Chianti Classico’s and Tuscany’s unique identity. Piero Antinori’s father, Niccolò, once described how “Villa” was originally created: “At that time, we needed to promote the Antinori name…that was still relatively unheard of except in certain circles, so I chose the name “Villa Antinori”
On June 14th, at Palma, a gorgeous tucked away West Village gem, we tasted wine from Tuscany – we tried the Villa Antinori 2021 Bianco, 2019 Rosso, and 2018 Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva. Each wine captures its own territory through the wine’s contemporary style and distinct flavor.
During our three-course meal (from burrata salad to steak each item on the menu was mouth-watering and the perfect pairing to the wines), we were accompanied by Alessia Antinori, the youngest daughter of the Piero Antinori, along with her two sisters, the 26th Generation now leading continuing their legacy – one of the longest-running family businesses in the world. The Antinori family has influenced wine and culture for centuries as one of Italy’s oldest and most prestigious producers. We were fortunate enough to get a taste here in New York City!
Post-dinner the guests were led to the flower design workshop, where we had a selection of delicate roses and lavender to choose from. Similar to the villa where the wine is made that’s surrounded by gardens and automatic florals, this evening transported us to the Toscana vineyards. We were taught how each bouquet represented an individual story unique to the person designing it.
The Villa Antinori wines and florals blended together to create the ultimate tablescape for home entertaining.
This event not only introduced these wines but an upcoming Italian Garden Party Wine Brunch & Workshop Series launching at Palma this July.
Here’s a little about each of the wines:
Villa Antinori Bianco 2021
A traditional white wine produced in 1931 by Marchese Niccolò Antinori. Villa Antinori Bianco IGT Toscana is a fine expression of the Tuscan territory by blending traditional white grapes with other varieties. The bouquet is fresh and elegant but with a marked character.
Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva 2018
Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2018 is ruby red in color. On the nose, this red wine offers notes of plum, cocoa, white pepper and eucalyptus. The palate is soft and vibrant, characterized by a savory, long finish. The wine’s aromas come to life on the palate with fruit, spice and balsamic characters.
Villa Antinori Rosso 2019
Its intense and complex nose offers fruity notes of black cherries, plums, sensations of boxwood, mint, and black pepper. The palate is medium-bodied, well rounded with supple delicate tannins that sustain a lengthy savory finish.