• 1890


The historian Carocci, in his historical-artistic guide to the town of San Casciano Val di Pesa, written in 1829, described Tignanello, a farm with an extensive vineyard, as one of the highest and most picturesque points  of the entire township territory. On the top of the hill, thanks to its panoramic position and the fertility of the vegetation, could be found a small group of houses, some of which were very old indeed.


The current patrician villa, Renaisance (16th century) in style, was built on the foundations of a property which went all the way back to the year 1346, when it, along much of the Pesa river valley, belonged to the Buondelmonti family. It was then sold to the Niccolini, which renamed it Poggio Niccolini and, over the years, passed to various local noble families. In the 17th century it was sold to a cadet branch of the Medici family which named it Fonte dei Meidic and then, in the mid-19th century, to the Antinori.


History books do not tell us whether the various families which succeded one another at Tignanello before the Antinori also produced wine there, but it is easy to think so, given that in the introduction to Carocci’s historical-artistic guide, referring to the end of a lengthy of wars and conflict between opposing factions, speaks of “a newly found quiet and tranquil opulence which the delights of a generous nature have given to this spot, transforming it into a pleasurable place of repose and relaxation and an agricultural paradise”.