Piero Antinori - 1999
Marchese Piero Antinori has been one of the prime movers of the modern renaissance of Italian wines. If this dignified Florentine nobleman had not pointed his family’s wine business, whose roots extend back to 1375, toward the future, Italian wine would not have the global reach it has today. Given control of the family firm in 1966, Antinori worked tirelessly to expand what had been a small operation into one that currently owns wineries in every major Italian appellation and that, through the introduction of the prototypical super Tuscans Tignanello and Solaia, redefined Italian winemaking. Besides Italy, Antinori makes wines in California, Washington, Hungary, Chile and Malta. Photographed in 2001.
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