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Lodovico Antinori appoints MMD

Published:  18 January, 2007

Lodovico Antinori has appointed Maisons Marques et Domaines as UK agent for his new portfolio, which incorporates wines from both Italy and New Zealand.

Lodovico Antinori, who created the ultimate Super-Tuscan Ornellaia, has been working on this project with his brother Piero since 2002. His Tuscan estate, Tenuta di Biserno, is located in the Upper Maremma at Bibbona, whose vineyards border those of Bolgheri. There are around 70 hectares of vines planted, with a particular focus on Cabernet Franc rather than Cabernet Sauvignon. Currently, there are two wines in production:

Insoglio del Cinghiale 2006 is a blend of Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot.

Il Pino di Biserno 2005 is mainly Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon with a small amount of Petit Verdot.

The estate's top wine, Biserno, is currently still in barrel and should be available by spring 2009.

Following his passion for superlative Sauvignon Blanc, Antinori purchased an estate in the Wairau Valley, Marlborough in 2003. The estate is currently planted with 13 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc and produces two wines:

Mount Nelson is a classic Marlborough Sauvignon, with a noticeable old-world influence.

Ram's Hill is the premium wine from the estate, which has been fermented in 3-4 year old oak.

"For us MMD is our natural home in the UK We are proud to be part of the MMD portfolio of family-run estates, which encompasses so many luminaries in the wine world. We are sure that MMD will provide the perfect environment for our wines, with its strong presence in the independent and on trades," says Marchese Lodovico Antinori.

Charles King, MMD's managing director comments: "Lodovico Antinori is renowned for producing one of Italy's and many would say one of the world's finest wines. It is exciting to be involved in these two new estates from their infancy - the wines which are already produced are world-class and there is much more to come."

Source: Lodovico Antinori