Marchesi Ludovico Antinori, of the well established Antinori family dreamed for a long time to start his own estate, independent of the famous family enterprise.
When he inherited a tract of land in Bolgheri (Maremma region close to the Tyhrenian Sea), he decided to plant vines and establish his dream estate to produce exclusively ultra premium red wines.
Bolgheri in Maremma, an up-and-coming region is blessed with a terroir suitable for sangiovese, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and syrah.
Many well establish Tuscan wineries purchased land and planted vines in recognition of the regions potential.
Ludovido Antinori’s venture started in 1981, and from the first release Ornelaia wines were highly acclaimed, and today all the estate’s products are sold at extraordinary prices.
Ornelaia’s vineyards measuring 90 hectares are on alluvial and volcanic soils.
The vineyards yield fully ripe, healthy fruit that skilled winemakers convert with infinite patience and care to superb wines.
In 2002, Robert Mondavi, and Marchesi Frescobaldi became partners, infusing additional expertise, distribution power and capital expansion.
Since the sale of Robert Mondavi’s wine enterprise to Cosmopolitan Brand and Company, their share was acquired by Ludovico Antinori.
Meanwhile Antinori brothers have reconciled their differences and now combine their efforts in producing better wines.
Ornelaia produces relatively small quantities of superior quality red wines.
In addition to wine, olive oil and refined grappas compete total farm output.
The flagship of Ornelaia is Massetto, exclusively made using merlot and aged for 24 months in Bordeaux barrels. Ever since the inception in 1986, it has gained worldwide reputation.
Ornelaia is a Bordeaux blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, and merlot, aged for 18 months.
The wine has built a solid following in Italy and abroad and is now on allocation.
Le Serre Nuove dell Ornelaia introduced in 1997 id the second label of the winery.
The wine is a blend of cabernet sauvignon, and cabernet franc of young vines.
Blending proportions change according to vintage characteristics.
Le Volte, the fourth wine, consists of sangiovese, with small proportions of cabernet sauvignon and merlot.
Vintages offers Ornelaia from time to time.
The next offer will be, vintage 2007, in 2013 December at approximately $ 280.00 a bottle.