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Ornellaia

Italy Tuscany

Ornellaia
The winery is located in the municipality of Bolgheri in the Italian wine region of Toskana. It was founded by Ludovico Antinori (a younger brother of the famous Piero) in 1981. The oenologists André...
Name: Ornellaia
Foundation year: 1981
Address: Address 57022 Castagneto Carducci (LI), Italy
Growing area: Tuscany
Vineyard: 115 ha
Managing Director: Axel Heinz
Oenologist: Axel Heinz
Phone: Phone
Fax: Fax
Social Media:
Work time:
8:30 - 13:00 14:00 - 17:30
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The wines of these establishments count every year to the absolute best of its kind and is almost unrivaled in the top - and that regardless of vintage variations. But the simpler plants are almost invariably excellent. Weaknesses, there are virtually no, and mediocre wines are as good as never before.
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0.75 L
2008 Bolgheri DOC Le Serre Nuove
89 WP - Very good
Translate to English Editor note: Etwas entwickelter, leicht ätherischer Duft nach sehr reifen, teils eingemachten überwiegend schwarz...
0.75 L
2014 Bolgheri Superiore DOC
93 WP - Excellent
Translate to English Editor note: Fester, herber, noch verschlossen wirkender, aber dennoch schon Tiefe anzeigender, minziger und leic...
0.75 L
2013 Bolgheri Superiore DOC Ornellaia
93 WP - Excellent
Translate to English Editor note: Klarer, recht tiefer, sehr fester Duft nach reifen schwarzen Beeren und etwas Kirschen mit moderaten...
0.75 L
2011 Bolgheri Superiore DOC Ornellaia
96 WP - Great
Translate to English Editor note: Sehr fester und tiefer, eher herber Duft nach schwarzen Johannisbeeren, Heidelbeeren und Sauerkirsch...
0.75 L
2010 Bolgheri Superiore DOC Ornellaia
92+ WP - Excellent
Translate to English Editor note: Herber, recht komplexer und tiefer, ein wenig säuerlicher, speckiger, animalischer und erdiger Duft...
0.75 L
2007 Bolgheri Superiore DOC Ornellaia
92+ WP - Excellent
Editor note: Deep nose, still undeveloped, cassis, cherries and a hint of red berries, mineral and herbaceous tra...

The winery is located in the municipality of Bolgheri in the Italian wine region of Tuscany. It was founded by Ludovico Antinori (a younger brother of the famous Piero) in 1981. The oenologists André Tchelistcheff (1901-1994) and Michel Rolland were involved in an advisory capacity in the creation of the first vineyards (previously woodland and pasture land) and the construction of the winery. The Hungarian oenologist Tibor Gál (1958-2005) was cellar master for several years. The first vintage was 1985, the first wines were marketed in 1988. In 2002 the winery was taken over in equal shares by the multinationals Mondavi (California) and Frescobaldi (Italy). After Mondavi was sold to Constellation Brands in 2005, Frescobaldi exercised its right of first refusal and took over 100% of Ornellaia. In 2012, the winery name was changed from "Tenuta dell'Ornellaia" to "Ornellaia e Masseto". Axel Heinz is responsible as the estate director and oenologist.

Bolgheri - Weinberg Bellaria Alta (Ornellaia) bei Marina di Bibbona

The vineyards cover 97 hectares of vineyards on stony, calcareous soil. They are located near the Ligurian coast in the immediate vicinity of the Sassicaia area (Bolgheri Sassicaia). They are planted with the red wine varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, and the white wine varieties Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Petit Manseng. The cultivation is carried out according to ecological conditions in order to preserve biodiversity (variety of species), taking sustainability into account. This includes planting vegetation, as little earth movement as possible, the use of natural fertilizers and no herbicides. During the grape harvest, the order of the individual harvest processes is determined through analysis and tasting. The method of vinification of the individual plots is determined by the maturity of the tannins. Through selective selection, only high quality grapes, free of all plant residues, are processed.

The approximately 80 base wines are fermented separately per vineyard in different tanks and mature for 12 months in French . The red wine "Ornellaia" is cuvéttiert in Bordeaux style from the varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Besides the Sassicaia, this contributed to the fact that in the Bolgheri area the Rosso also received DOC honours. The second wine is called "Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia". The product range also includes the Toscana IGT wines "Ornellaia Bianco" (Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier), "Poggio alle Gazze dell'Ornellaia" (mainly Sauvignon Blanc), "Le Volte dell'Ornellaia" (Marlot, Sangiovese, CS) and the Merlot "Masseto", named after the seven hectare vineyard in Bolgheri. Since the 2006 vintage, the bottles have been equipped with the RFID system as a protection against adulteration of the wine, which allows the traceability of the distribution and guarantees the authenticity. Grappa and olive oil are also produced.

Picture: © Jobst from Volckamer

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