• 1940 Castello della Sala

1940 Castello della Sala

Tuscany is famous for its red wines.
When Marquis Niccolò Antinori (father of current president Piero Antinori) decides to produce white wines as well, he turns his attention to Umbria, purchasing the Castello della Sala with its 29 farms and 483 hectares (1215 acres) of woods and fields and improves the soil, which at the time includes 52 hectares (130 acres) of olive groves and vineyards. He also undertakes renovation work at the 15th century castle, restoring a reception room and various other chambers.

1943 Villa Antinori is bombarded

During the Second World War, Villa Antinori, up until then the residence of the family, is bombarded and the Antinori move to their Tignanello estate.
The San Casciano cellars are damaged by the German army during their retreat and then occupied by the American forces of liberation. Family chronicles tell of a few casks hidden in secure places in the cellars and in the property of some of the firm’s employees, or by courageous family friends.

1945 end of the Second World War

In May of 1945 the Allies conquer Berlin, forcing a Germany by then defecate to lay down its arms. A few months later, Emperor Hirohito announces the unconditional surrender of Japan, putting an end to the war after, on August 6th and 9th, American bombers drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection (Library of Congress)

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