In 1385, Giovanni di Piero Antinori joined the Guild of Winemakers, and this is the date usually taken as the start of the wine business.
In 1900, Piero Antinori bought several vineyards in the Chianti Classico region, including 47 hectares at Tignanello.
They are one of the biggest wine companies in Italy, and their innovations played a large part in the "Super-Tuscan" revolution of the 1970s.
Antinori is a member of the Primum Familiae Vini and the 10th oldest family owned company in the world.
His son Niccolò scandalised Tuscany in 1924 by making a Chianti containing Bordeaux grape varieties.
He continued to experiment over the following years, with new blends, types of barrel, temperature control and bottle ageing.
Niccolò retired in 1966, to be replaced by his son Piero who was even more innovative.