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Originally conceived by Lodivico Antinori (of the famed Italian winemaking clan), Ornellaia helped start the crush of vintners now clamoring for real estate in the Bolgheri area of Tuscany. The coastal region some 60 miles southwest of Florence now boasts the likes of Angelo Gaja and Piero Antinori among its vinous visionaries. What was largely thought of as a fool’s dream when it was founded in 1980 has become a legend. Along with a few other brave souls, Lodovico wanted to distance himself from Italy’s restrictive winemaking laws. These iconoclasts wanted to make the best wine possible – using Cabernet, Syrah, etc. – rather than what the government told them they could plant. Their leap of faith resulted in what are now some of Italy’s most revered products, often outpacing their cousins like Brunello di Montalcino in quality and reputation. Now owned as a joint venture between the Mondavi family and Italy’s Frescobaldi team, Ornellaia continues to stand as a monument to vision, risk and courage. The capital infusion of the two families has only solidified its standing as one of Italy’s benchmarks. Lodovico’s dream lives on in the bottle.

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