• 1987 the Badia a Passignano vineyards

1987 the Badia a Passignano vineyards

In 1987, the family acquires 325 hectares (over 800 acres) of land around the Badia di Passignano abbey in Chianti Classico (the abbey itself is the property of the Vallombrosian monks, a Benedictine order). Since that date it has utilized the splendid cellars of the monastery. The abbey, situated in an area which goes back to the epoch of the Etruscans, is one of the loveliest  fortified monasteries of the Chianti Classico area and has been famous for its production of wine for approximately one thousand years.
In 1988, the Antinori family produces its first Badia di Passignano Chianti Classico Riserva, which will be released onto the market three and a half years later.

1988 Albiera, Allegra, and Alessia

In the 1980’s, Albiera, Allegra, and Alessia progressively assume working rules in the firm. In these same years PFV, "Primum Familiae Vini", an informal association of wine producers belonging to single families, is created. PFV goes beyond geographical confines and maintains a common tie: that of owning vineyards and producing wine as a family enterprise which goes forward and, like a great wine, becomes increasingly refined, over time.
The Antinori are part of the group since its foundation. (www.pfv.org)

1990 Nelson Mandela

With the end of the Cold War, the Western world lives through a period of greater relaxation and reduced tension.
With the liberation, after 27 years of prison, of Nelson Mandela, and his successive election as head of state in South Africa, the apartheid regime of the post-war period comes to an end. Mandela, the first black president of his country, is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize together with his predecessor Willem de Klerk in 1993.

Photographs in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

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