The Antinori family has been producing wine in Tuscany for six centuries and exporting it for four – that’s 26 generations of uninterrupted family ownership, making them the 10th oldest company in the world still in the hands of the same family. They moved to Florence in the early 13th century, and remain central figures in the fabric of the city. Piazza Antinori is the square in the historic centre where Marchese Piero Antinori still lives. The purchase of the Tignanello estate in 1850 marked the beginning of a remarkable period of expansion, which shows no signs of abating. Through judicious acquisition of vineyards, and an uncanny knack for developing iconic wines, Antinori has become Tuscany’s – arguably Italy’s – preeminent wine producer, establishing an important presence in Piedmont, Umbria, Puglia and Lombardy.
What to drink with... pork belly.
Increasingly popular on restaurant menus, pork belly is seeing a resurgence at home too. With wine pairing, much depends on the sauce/marinade you’re using. Plain roast pork belly will be enhanced by a claret (Château Puy Castéra, Château de France Rouge), Pinot Noir (Aurelien Verdet) or a blend (Château de Montfaucon from the Rhône). If you’ve a little spice, then choose a smooth wine, like our Brownstone Winery Zinfandel from California. If you prefer a white, then a Riesling would go down a treat.
Like the look of the crispy pork belly pictured? You can find the recipe on the CHOPCHOP app - downloadable from the App Store.